Archive for June 17th, 2012

COLUMN: Robson – Go away Bob Rae, but not because you’re old

- June 17th, 2012

Rae too old?! Rubbish!

by John Robson

Looks like we won’t have Bob Rae to kick around anymore. After much agonizing by columnists, he announced Wednesday he wouldn’t run for the leadership of a Liberal Party we may not have to kick around much longer either. Frankly I’m glad to see him go. But not, please, on account of his advanced age.

To hear some pundits talk, Rae is a living fossil, the coelacanth of Canadian politics, ancient as the Rocky Mountains. Why, he’s 63. Can you imagine?

The Globe’s Lawrence Martin can’t, insisting Rae would be an unsuitable leader because his party needs renewal and Rae was born waaaay back in 1948. (Along with Martin.) Why, by the next election he’d be *gasp* 67. Who is this guy, Amenhotep III? Get thee to a pyramid.

I mean really. By the time Winston Churchill was 63 in 1937 he was so senile he thought Hitler was a menace. Three years later he was good for nothing but pottering about rallying Britons in the darkest part of World War II and saving civilization. Fetch my spade, boy. Read more…

COLUMN: Coren – Football is the beautiful game regarless of whether Canadians like it

- June 17th, 2012

Football is part of the bloodstream, and it unifies more than divides

by Michael Coren

Even though I’ve lived in Canada half my life, I feel extraordinarily European whenever soccer tournaments come around.

Sport is visceral, or at least should be, and anyone who refers to franchises and wages clearly has no idea of the genuine appeal. Club and country, shirts and colours, identity and passion.

I didn’t choose Tottenham or England anymore than I chose where I was born. It was always there, and it can never change. It’s dad and family, it’s the first game I ever saw, it’s lining up for hours for a ticket to the final, it’s travelling to away games and knowing people you’ve never met before have your back because you support the same team, it’s using the word “we” when you talk about your team, it’s knowing the history and the songs, it’s part of the bloodstream. Read more…

COLUMN: Mansur – Stain on Canadian democracy removed

- June 17th, 2012

Be gone with the censors

by Salim Mansur

In voting 153-to-136 in support of amendments removing sections 13 and 54 from the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Conservatives in Ottawa under Stephen Harper’s leadership took a historic step in defending free speech.

Section 13 has the Orwellian clause of the human rights act, which reads “any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt” is prohibited.

The weasel word here is “likely” and, by invoking it, authorities have shut down freedom of expression, as the University of Ottawa did when it cancelled the appearance of Ann Coulter, an American conservative author and political commentator, in March 2010. Read more…

COLUMN: Gunter – Some people think they can run your life better than you

- June 17th, 2012

New prohibitionists should back off

by Lorne Gunter

Call them the Eat-Your- Peas Brigade or the Something- Must-Be-Doners, people so convinced of the superiority of their own moral compasses and lifestyles that they hector their fellow citizens — endlessly — on how to improve their habits. Increasingly the EYPBs and SMBDs also advocate laws and regulations to save us from our cravings and vices.

Chief among these holier-than- thou prigs is New York mayor Michael Bloomberg who two weeks ago proposed banning “supersized” soft drinks from his city’s restaurants, movie theatres and sports venues.

NEW PROHIBITIONISTS

Bloomberg and the other banners are the new Temperance Leaguers, the new Prohibitionists. Read more…