So what’s the point of teaching history, modern educators ask

It's sad to behold the decline in the quality of modern-day political office-holders. Take, for instance, the position of premier in Ontario. It was once filled by such men of stature as Sir Oliver Mowat, Howard Ferguson, and William Davis-- not to mention George Drew, who established a 42-year Tory dynasty in the government of that province, Now the premier's office is to be distinguished by a man accused of establishing in his youth a brisk wholesale trade in hashish for the "with-it" generation in the wealthy Toronto neighbourhood where he grew up-- an accusation he vigorously denies.

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U.S. Scout decision to go co-ed leads to a public relations disaster

Patrick Joseph Buchanan, paleo-conservative columnist, broadcaster, and senior aide to three Republican presidents (Reagan, Ford and Nixon) would scoff if anyone were to seriously propose adorning him with another title, notably that of prophet. Nonetheless, he seems far ahead of the pack in discerning a tendency in the ongoing Culture War, which could result in one of the most astonishing flip-flops ever recorded.

Is Putin’s Russia quietly assuming the world leadership of Christianity?

Patrick Joseph Buchanan, paleo-conservative columnist, broadcaster, and senior aide to three Republican presidents (Reagan, Ford and Nixon) would scoff if anyone were to seriously propose adorning him with another title, notably that of prophet. Nonetheless, he seems far ahead of the pack in discerning a tendency in the ongoing Culture War, which could result in one of the most astonishing flip-flops ever recorded.

The Mother’s Day question that one columnist did not shrink to ask

The western world-- or much of it, anyway-- celebrated Mother's Day last weekend with the customary and much deserved paeans to mothers and motherhood and how much we are all indebted to them and how deeply we cherish the woman who served in this role on our behalf. Mother's Day is observed in about 40 countries, not always on the same Sunday.

Masculinity: the new target for the creators of our new society

One non-discussed implication of the mass murder of 10 people and the injuring of 15 more on Toronto's busy Yonge Street last week is that gun control won't stop random mass slaughters. You don't need an AK47 to do the job. You can do it with almost any motor vehicle. Vans and panel trucks are particularly suitable: they fit so nicely on crowded sidewalks.

The unmentioned implication of the Yonge Street slaughter

One non-discussed implication of the mass murder of 10 people and the injuring of 15 more on Toronto's busy Yonge Street last week is that gun control won't stop random mass slaughters. You don't need an AK47 to do the job. You can do it with almost any motor vehicle. Vans and panel trucks are particularly suitable: they fit so nicely on crowded sidewalks.

Why did the Humboldt hockey bus crash become a national tragedy?

The death last week of 14 members of a Humboldt, Saskatchewan Junior hockey team in a bus-truck highway collision struck the entire country with unusual force. Memorials echoed in all ten provinces with flags flying at half mast in many, with shock and a note of seeming despair on open line shows. Nationwide, there came commiserations and pity of undeniable sincerity for all involved. This went on for the whole of the following week. But why, exactly? If it had been, say, 14 dead in an airplane crash, would the effect have been that pronounced and that prolonged? I don't think so. It seemed there was something special about this. What was it?

The sudden silence of Alberta’s controversial Education minister

When an outspoken politician suddenly falls silent, be assured that somebody has got to him with an unpleasant message: "Please do us all a favour, and try to keep your big mouth shut for a change." Something less lucid than that, probably, but the meaning got through. The particular politician I have in mind has become well known to many in the Canadian province where I live, Alberta. He is David Eggen, our minister of Education. Within a week or so he will have completed an entire session of the Legislature without enraging anybody.

The Social Media represent Canada’s biggest ever venture in democracy

Throughout what's coming to be a very long lifetime. much of it spent covering and watching politics, I think the strangest and most improbable thing I've ever seen is the phenomenon known as the "social media." It's strange because it represents an endeavour in what can accurately be described as "pure democracy." It's improbable because officialdom to date has not found a way of suppressing it, or even touching it.

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