Payette has jeopardized an institution that is bigger than her

    One of Julie Payette’s most impressive attributes, when she was named Canada’s governor general in 2017, was that she had been to space.  Twice.  Just a few years later, most people would be happier if she were still there. By any measure, Payette is accomplished and brilliant.  She’s a well-educated polyglot who, I […]

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Ford Sticks Firecracker Up Political Rhetoric’s “Ying Yang”

    No one is ever going to accuse Ontario Premier Doug Ford of engaging in silver-tongued rhetoric.  Case in point, when news emerged that Canada’s shipment of anti-COVID Pfizer vaccines was going to be temporarily interrupted, he stated to the media, “Nothing is more important than getting these vaccines.  If I was in his (Prime Minister […]

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Trudeau has yet to fulfill campaign pledge to end discrimination against LGBTI+ community

    Back in 2015, then third-party leader, Justin Trudeau, made a campaign promise to end the discrimination in Canada’s blood donation system.  As a self-avowed supporter of the LGBTI+ community, as well as a firm believer in the rigour of science, Trudeau found fault in the system’s unnecessary, prejudicial policies, which restricted blood donations […]

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Exit Julie Payette, in the hopes that her successor will be better

Governor General Julie Payette and her secretary, Assunta Di Lorenzo, resigned on Thursday following the release of the report into allegations of harassment at Rideau Hall, which has been described by those who’ve seen it as “scathing.”  That Payette went out as gracefully as possible is a relief in that we didn’t wind up in […]

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A new America is dawning

    And so it begins.  A new President, a new administration, a new era.  And, hopefully, a newer and better United States.  “We must end this uncivil war — red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” Joe Biden said in a 20-minute speech following his swearing-in as the 46th President of the […]

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