I’ve been following the ongoing horror movie that is Britain’s Labour party with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm for some time. I never expected in my lifetime to see anti-Semitism mainstreamed like this. The link below is a short piece I wrote for the National Post to introduce Canada to the issue.[Read more…]
It was a pleasure and privilege to join my friend Adam Chalifoux for a hockey odyssey into Eeyou Istchee, the home of the James Bay Cree. I am grateful to Sharp Magazine for giving me the opportunity to tell this story, and to the community of Waskaganish for being so welcoming. I look forward to coming back!
My new op-ed in the National Post on the much ignored Stabbing Intifada and how it demonstrates the absurdity of using death toll ratios to condemn Israel.
When a society worships death, honours suicide attackers and forces civilians to serve as human shields, they are going to have a high death count.
My new op-ed in our excellent local small town paper, The Low Down to Hull and Back News.
This was not meant as a defence specifically of the planned memorial to the victims of communism in Ottawa, but to explain why, more fundamentally, we should respect and understand this theme of 20th century history.
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I love whitewater canoeing. Having a chance to contribute to the fantastic Ottawa Outdoors Magazine on my favourite subject was great. Basically, a primer to get readers out onto the plentiful whitewater rivers of our region.
Saturday I had a great opportunity to be at the books table for Wakefield Literary Festival’s discussion with Charlotte Gray and Sean Michaels. I did a post on the event for apt613, Ottawa’s fantastic culture web-zine.
Some articles I get so into, I talk about them (or rather, what I learned) for months after. The Singularity articles were like that, and so were the two conspiracy theories articles. The one below was for the June 2005 issue of Penthouse. I did a similar one for UMM (Urban Male Magazine).
Secret Masters of the World and Other Great Conspiracies That Explain Everything
Dumped by your girlfriend? Lose your job? It’s probably not your fault.
I used to think I controlled the course of my life. I know better now. It’s the Illuminati, stupid. You haven’t heard of the Illuminati? The secret masters of the world, controlling global events through recorded history using the Freemasons, the Jews, and the Trilateral Commission as pawns? Ring a bell?
Between the ever-expanding Da Vinci Code franchise and blockbuster film National Treasure, conspiracy theories are bubbling up into the national consciousness like never before. Does it spring from a human search for meaning behind chaotic world events? Or, in a secular society, has the culture of conspiracy begun to form a modern mythology? Before you read this article and pull back the veil of lies to see reality as it truly is, please put on your aluminum foil helmet. Because if they read your mind, if they know you know, you could be in danger. Now hold my hand, and into the rabbit hole we go. [Read more…]
Back in October of 2002 I wrote one of my first op-eds for the Toronto Star after a typically embarrassing royal visit by Her Highness. To set the stage: John Manley, then one of Chretien’s star ministers, mused about dumping the monarchy, and poor John was piled on fast for the crime of speaking common sense honestly, and I believe did some back-pedalling. I picked up his baton, picking on the defense-of-monarchy from the Monarchist League of Canada’s website. The League soon took down those arguments.
Now, the version the Toronto Star ran with was not my preferred version. It was the no-monkey argument. So, instead of the published article, I will print here, for the first time ever, my preferred version. The Monkey Argument: [Read more…]
This article was written about an inspirational Ottawa doctor and the dynamic NGO he had founded, for which I had volunteered in Tanzania. Seven years later, I’m honoured to be working with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) again, which makes it a nice time to reprint this.
Here is a slice of the CACHA story:
The full article is at the link above, an excerpt is below: [Read more…]
Shortly after the article came out, Sun News’ David Akin, a journalist I respect a great deal, wrote a blog post picking up on my work.
The full article is at the above link, an excerpt is below:
I took a look at Fort McMurray after the crude oil crash, in ’09. I was curious how a boom town looked turning bust.
The full article is linked above, an excerpt below: [Read more…]
In 2008 I got caught up in a Singularity frenzy and wrote several articles on the subject of computers reaching (and immediately surpassing) human-like intelligence. There was one for the Montreal Gazette, one for Urban Male Magazine (believe it or not) and a great one for Radar, which folded as a print mag just before my article. Not my fault!
The full article is above, an excerpt below: [Read more…]
My first article after a few years break was a political comment in the Ottawa Citizen on the (temporarily latest) Senate scandal.
They took out my favourite line, which had to do with ducks, but otherwise I’m happy with it.
The argument was pretty straightforward, but had really not been voiced.
The conservative mindset understands that power tends to corrupt. How far will we let it corrupt us? I have been involved in party work for more than a decade and I call on other party members to demand answers, or resignation from our leader.