Nestor does it again!

Daniel Nestor and Rohan Bopanna have won the Dubai doubles championship in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-1Canada is always proud of you, Daniel! ... Read More

Republished: There’s no ‘God’ in graduation

This was the first article I wrote for a student newspaper and in a way it’s somewhat historic. In 2008, the University of Alberta Atheists & Agnostics started campaigning for a secular convocation charge. When our initial request was ignored,... Read More

Republished: The Christians are coming!

Another old article, this one a review of Marci McDonald’s 2010 expose on the influence of the Christian Right in Canadian politics. Still relevant given that Harper has since gained his majority government and faces another election in October. The... Read More

Republished: Let’s bring reason back to politics

As part of my attempt to get back into writing this blog, I’ve been going back through my list of published articles and making sure they’re all still live. Many of the links have changed in the years since I... Read More

Kid Kodak: this is kind of interesting 

Hmm. Kind of odd behaviour for a public servant whose $300K+ salary I help to pay, no? Perhaps it’s because I hired someone who successfully brought a human rights action against him. Perhaps it’s because not a few of us... Read More

Putin opponent assassinated in Moscow

New York Times:Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister, was shot dead Friday evening in central Moscow in the highest-profile assassination in Russia during the tenure of President Vladimir V. Putin…. Mr. Putin condemned... Read More

Clarification regarding amendments to Bill C-279

Over the past two years, my Senate Liberal colleagues and I have worked alongside the transgender community to pass Bill C-279 so that it can become law. The bill – known as the gender identity bill – would amend the... Read More

Quebec !!! The fight for secularism is also a fight against shariah

Quebec has always been at the forefront in fighting against shariah.  Frankly speaking, I don’t have much against Muslim women wearing headscarves  because we still get to see their faces … but in the case as reported below,  I fully... Read More

Tory Rick Nicholls: “I don’t believe in evolution”

Just what the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario did not need, a member of the legislature who says he doesn’t believe in evolution. Nevertheless, it seems to have found one, namely, Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls. I hope no one asks... Read More

I grokked Spock

I am so, so sad. Spock gone. I can’t believe it. ... Read More

Live Long, And Prosper – Nimoy Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on Star Trek, is dead from COPD. He quit smoking 30 years too late. Of the original Star Trek cast, Scotty and Bones have also passed away. Good-bye @TheRealNimoy. You made a lot of people... Read More

And Now, For the TFSA Switch!

Following up my blog post of 4 years ago about Harper’s tax break for the wealthy are stories on CBC and elsewhere regarding the TFSA folly. The increase benefits only ~39% of Canadians who’ve managed to open such a savings... Read More

March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

We’re excited to offer two Blogging U. courses this March: Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Read on to learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks... Read More

My cartoonish take on yesterday’s social media trends

Personally, I think the llamas leave the dress behind in the dirt. ... Read More

Cause and effect

Cause. Cause. Cause. Effect. I’ve written a couple books that deal with this subject, here and here, so forgive me for asking (what should be by now) a wholly rhetorical question: why do young people turn to extremism? Because they... Read More

Climate McCarthyism

Terence Corcoran:  The last climate science witch hunt … the hunt for the hides of a few climate skeptics began last weekend when The New York Times climate beat reporter, Justin Gillis, co-wrote an attack on Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon, a sceptical... Read More

Harper Gives Exclusive Interview To CostCo Magazine, Gets Bumped From Cover By Sarah Style

What’s more hilarious? @pmharper giving an “exclusive” interview to @costcocanada, or that it’s not the cover story?— Elias Makos (@eliasmakos) February 26, 2015And they say Justin lacks gravitas. ... Read More

Tweeting the Llama chase

It started innocuously enough: This is an Open Carry Llama State. #llamachase — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 26, 2015 But, it quickly got out of control: Madonna was on one of the Llamas, but she fell off. #llamachase — Warren... Read More

Islamic extremists forge a new, united European nation-state

What makes a group of people a nation? Any number of things: religion, language, race (i.e. kinship and DNA), shared history. All the peoples of Europe are defined by one or more of these ties. Currently, the European Union is... Read More

Operation Alienation™

Operation Alienation™ hits the jackpot again – this time a family member, no less!  What superior people management skills! What morale-building! What a proud legacy! What a spectacular mess they’ve made. ... Read More