Why Canada shouldn’t consider returning to mandatory face masking

Why Canada shouldn’t consider returning to mandatory face maskingFortunately, most provincial governments and the feds are pushing back against the idea Several recent polls have indicated that a majority of Canadians wouldn’t be opposed to returning to mandatory face masking in public places. A Nanos Research survey conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 4 found that 52 per cent of Canadian respondents would…

Cooking and grilling on social media

Cooking and grilling on social mediaFood-related videos, recipes and ideas continue to proliferate on social media As I wrote in a previous column, one of my great passions is grilling and smoking. I do the former four or five days a week in every season, including winter. The latter is done as often as possible, including pork butt or shoulder,…

Elon Musk deserves praise for his changes to Twitter’s blue check mark

Elon Musk deserves praise for his changes to Twitter’s blue check markTwitter's former verification process was exceedingly bizarre and completely arbitrary Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter on Oct. 27. The business magnate fired half of the communications company’s staff and announced impending changes. In particular, Twitter’s verification system will be significantly revamped. Verified users who already have blue check marks next to their handles,…

Watching the CFL up close and personal

This was the first CFL game I’ve attended in person in nearly three decades

Watching the CFL up close and personalThe Canadian Football League’s 2022 regular season is over. The Edmonton Elks had a bye week. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the BC Lions 24-9 on Oct. 28. Three final games were played on Oct. 29: the Calgary Stampeders beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 36-10, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats beat the Ottawa Redblacks 23-16 and the Montreal…

The far left’s attacks on valuable works of art must stop

If we don’t nip it in the bud now, it will only get worse

The far left’s attacks on valuable works of art must stopVisiting museums and galleries is an enjoyable pastime in our society. Most people are respectful when walking through rooms and halls containing great works of art. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case – and it’s led to numerous episodes of vandalism against art exhibits. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503) has been attacked on several…

John Tory sleepwalks to a third term as Toronto mayor

This has been a cakewalk or, if you prefer, a sleepwalk for the incumbent Toronto mayor

John Tory sleepwalks to a third term as Toronto mayorSeveral Canadian provinces are in the midst of municipal elections this month. B.C. residents voted on Oct. 15. Many mayors were either re-elected or acclaimed. A few were defeated, including Colin Basran in Kelowna (by businessman Tom Dyas), Mike Morden in Maple Ridge (by former Liberal MP Dan Ruimy) and Fred Haynes in Saanich (by…

Thoughts about public opinion on a Thanksgiving weekend

If the political winds are shifting in one direction or another, so too will public opinion

Thoughts about public opinion on a Thanksgiving weekendIt was a restful Thanksgiving weekend spent with family, food, nice weather, and the Montreal Alouettes-Ottawa Redblacks game on television. What would a longtime columnist be doing during this brief albeit splendid interlude? Engaged in deep thoughts about the nature of public opinion, of course! In all seriousness, my line of work is largely dependent…

Could Chapel Hart change the face of country music?

The trio received a golden buzzer from all four judges and the host, only the second time in America’s Got Talent's history it has happened

Could Chapel Hart change the face of country music?While I don’t watch America’s Got Talent, the occasional video clip has caught my eye on social media. One that went viral on the recently-completed Season 17 involving Chapel Hart, a country music vocal group, has led to a national audience, unexpected stardom and a bright future. Chapel Hart, consisting of sisters Danica and Devynn…
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