Category Archive: Editorials

Not just throwing them under the bus, but backing the bus up and running over them again

August 2020 The WE scandal just keeps showing that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is either colossally incompetent, or just plain corrupt, neither of which are good. There is an oblivious arrogance (or ignorance) to the fact that just because Trudeau thinks he is doing good, that he can do whatever he wants to do. This …

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We’re all in this together, are we?

July 2020 With the imminent re-opening of schools this fall, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Sam Hammond is already criticizing the plan announced by the Ontario government. Among his complaints are that ETFO wasn’t consulted and that more teachers need to be hired (aka more dues paying union members) to deal with the …

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Some police duties are better handled by police officers

July 2020 With the “Defunding the Police” movement gaining traction in many cities, the municipal council in Berkeley, California, announced back in March it plans to look at forming a special traffic enforcement department that will use unarmed city workers to conduct traffic stops, instead of police officers. Back in March, the municipal council in Berkeley, California, …

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Premier Ford criticizes dramatic increase in parking rates on Barrie waterfront

July 2020 Premier Doug Ford recently criticized the dramatic increase in parking rates for municipal lots and street parking along the waterfront in Barrie to $10 per hour, calling it price gouging during a pandemic.  As a Barrie resident, I’d like to offer some context to the issue. Part of the reason the waterfront parks …

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We can’t afford John Tory’s Rail Deck Park vanity project

July 2020 Toronto Mayor John Tory is definitely one of the most likable politicians out there. However, I think his proposed Rail Deck Park, a plan to build an approximately 20 acre park atop the rail corridor rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way, in downtown Toronto, should be put on ice, perhaps …

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Justin says we are to call out racism when we see it, so…….

Toronto Sun 17 July 2020 Trudeau’s race relations. Oy vey! The jokes just keep writing themselves when it comes to Justin Trudeau. In reaction to a disgusting incident on 5 July at a T&T Supermarket in Mississauga, where a 48-year-old male, identified by Peel Police as John McCash, launched into an almost four-minute long racist, …

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Is police violence on TV to blame?

June 2020 The age old question has been does watching too much TV rot your brain? In light of the most recent shooting death of a black man in Atlanta, 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, by now former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who is now facing 11 charges, I do have to wonder what the effect …

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How much is enough? – “Why don’t the rich pay their fair share?”

June 2020 Every so often you hear the argument that the rich should pay their “fair share”, but you never really get an answer to the question of how much is enough? It’s too easy to claim that the rich don’t pay enough tax because of the size of their bank accounts. ┬áDo you want …

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When you find out that celebrity you admire is a jerk

June 2020 Author’s note: I wrote this one back in February 2020, but it sat in the vault until now. During the last federal election in Canada, I found myself engaged in many discussions on line, attempting to debate some pretty hateful Liberals who see anyone who is not a die-hard, drink-the-Kool-Aid supporter of their …

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When no one else answers their phone, the police always do

June 2020 Police deserve better training and benefit of the doubt In light of the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto, Ontario, on 27 May 27, there are again calls from mental health advocates that police receive better training when dealing with those in a mental health crisis. Some will argue that police should be …

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