Brian Lilley - February 20th, 2014
Capitalism saves the games
by Eric Duhaime
Is capitalism the great saviour of the Olympics?
Or is it, on the contrary, the gravedigger of the Games’ ideals?
Last week, I wrote about anti-obesity lobby groups that don’t want to see McDonald’s or Coca-Cola sponsor the Olympic Games.
Well, unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones to object to such sponsorship.
Traditionalists and anti-capitalists who do not appreciate the new disciplines being introduced this year in Sochi blame it on greedy private advertisers looking for a younger and wealthier audience.
It is true that there have never been as many new sports introduced in one shot — 12 new events in eight disciplines, often directly pulled from the X Games. Read more…
Brian Lilley - January 22nd, 2014
An admission of bombast
by Lorne Gunter
Last fall, David Suzuki, the high priest of Canadian enviro-alarmism, used an eco-conference to predict the likelihood of another Japanese earthquake comparable in size to the March 2011 monster Tohoku quake at “over 95% … in the next three years.”
True to his all-scaremongering, all-the-time form, Suzuki predicted that when a second catastrophic seismic event occurred, the remaining fuel rods at the Fukushima power plant would unleash a nuclear disaster that would mean “bye bye Japan” and would force an evacuation of the entire North American west coast.
This is about as crazy as the hoaxes circulating around the Internet claiming that a giant squid, driven eastward by radiation emanating from Japan, had beached itself at Santa Monica, Calif., or that 98% of the Pacific’s sea bottom is strewn with irradiated fish. (In fact, less than 5% of the Pacific’s floor has even been mapped, so knowing what is on 98% of it is impossible.)
This week, Suzuki told the Vancouver Province that he had stirred up his Japanese quake scenario “off-the-cuff” and he now regretted being so bombastic. Read more…
Brian Lilley - December 13th, 2013
South Africa still in search of salvation
by Michael Coren
In Britain, a man was arrested, questioned for eight hours, had his computer confiscated for investigation and was DNA tested and fingerprinted. His crime? He made a joke about how his laptop took so long to shut down he should call it Nelson Mandela.
Not funny, perhaps tasteless, but completely innocuous. Britain is submerged in political correctness these days, but the incident also says a great deal about the Mandela hagiography industry. Read more…
Brian Lilley - December 9th, 2013
Ontario government wants to help refugees but not young girl
by Christina Blizzard
Little Madi Vanstone is one beautiful child — with a major health problem.
The 12-year-old has a rare form of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and requires a life-saving drug, Kalydeco, to keep her breathing.
The big problem is the drug costs $348,000 a year — and it’s not covered by OHIP.
Madi’s mom, Beth, gave up work when her daughter was diagnosed with CF at eight months of age.
“You can’t hold down a job and have a baby in Sick Kids,” Beth told me recently. “We made some lifestyle changes.”
Madi’s dad, Glen, a pipefitter, has insurance benefits that pay for 50% of her drug bill. The drug manufacturer picks up 30% — but that leaves the family paying $5,770 a month to keep their daughter alive. Read more…
Brian Lilley - December 3rd, 2013
As the US leaves Europe, Middle East and Asia, guess who’s taking its place
by Ezra Levant
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are protesting a decision by their president, Viktor Yanukovych, to cancel a treaty that would give Ukraine closer ties to Europe.
It’s not that these protesters are fervent free traders. It’s that by cancelling agreements with Europe, Yanukovych is tilting Ukraine east – back towards Russia and former Soviet KGB agent Vladimir Putin, who has long eyed Ukraine as a key to rebuilding the Russian Empire.
Perhaps Yanukovych just doesn’t want to be given the full Soviet treatment. Back in 2004, when Ukraine’s leading politician, Viktor Yushchenko, wasn’t sufficiently obedient, he was poisoned, KGB-style, with dioxin. It didn’t kill him. But it made him very ill and turned his Hollywood good looks into a pock-marked old man. Apparently that’s what happens when you cross the Kremlin.
But Putin’s war against Ukraine isn’t just covert. It couldn’t be more overt. Read more…