Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?

Oil prices have taken a catastrophic drop. Unemployment numbers are through the roof. Bankruptcies are raising their ugly heads

Is the world’s most powerful economy unravelling?Monday was the equivalent of a major financial nightmare for the U.S. economy. Oil futures for West Texas crude went below zero for the first time in history and finished at US-$37.63 a barrel. Don’t rub your eyes too hard. That’s a minus, not a plus, next to the dollar figure. What does this mean?…

The miraculous recovery of Boris Johnson

On Easter Sunday, appropriately enough, the British PM spoke of his harrowing experience battling COVID-19

The miraculous recovery of Boris JohnsonThere are moments in our world that defy logic and understanding. Quirks of fate that make little to no sense. Positive and negative experiences that often seem out of place in societies based on relative order and precision. That’s why United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recovery from COVID-19 should be viewed as nothing short…

We need clarity in this time of crisis

Politicians and commentators have an important role during COVID-19: deliver simple, effective messaging

We need clarity in this time of crisisDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, medical and health experts have provided us with important statistics, charts and analysis on a near-daily basis. At the same time, politicians and governments have introduced everything from wage subsidies to warnings about social distancing. Some information has been easy to understand. But most of it has been difficult for average…

COVID-19’s elder virus brother, the Spanish flu

An estimated 500 million people contracted the Spanish flu, and the death toll was between 17 million and 50 million

COVID-19’s elder virus brother, the Spanish fluAs our world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, a couple of interesting personal stories came out of Europe on March 29. The Guardian reported that Hilda Churchill, a 108-year-old woman in Salford, England, became (quite likely) the oldest British person to die from COVID-19 symptoms. And Turkey’s Anadolu Agency and Fox News reported that a…

Is Canada heading to a national emergency?

Ignorant, selfish actions by some Canadians put fellow citizens in harm’s way. It must stop now, even if the measures are drastic

Is Canada heading to a national emergency?“We’ve all seen the pictures online of the people who seem to think they’re invincible. Well, you’re not. Enough is enough. Go home and stay home. This is what we all need to be doing. And we’re going to make sure this happens, whether by educating people more on the risks or by enforcing the…

We can’t afford to be casual about COVID-19

The coronavirus won’t be here forever but we need to take preventive measures now to minimize it’s impact in Canada

We can’t afford to be casual about COVID-19It seems like only yesterday we were discussing the Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades, Teck Resources’ withdrawal from a $20-billion oil sands project and the Ontario teachers’ strike. These issues (and others) have mostly been placed on the back burner due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. This global pandemic started back in late December 2019. Chinese health…

O’Toole gets a significant boost from Kenney

How one endorsement could change the federal Conservative leadership race, pushing MacKay into the background

O’Toole gets a significant boost from KenneyAlberta Premier Jason Kenney endorsed former Veterans Affairs minister Erin O’Toole in the federal Conservative leadership election on March 5. Quite a few political observers were surprised by his decision. Some wondered why Kenney did it so early, since a new leader won’t be chosen until June 27. Others were puzzled why he backed O’Toole,…

Trudeau enlists Clark: a gathering of mediocrity

Trudeau enlists Clark: a gathering of mediocrityPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has had a terrible few weeks, from the Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades to the collapse of Teck Resources’ $20 billion Frontier mine project. Most world leaders would immediately focus their energies on their domestic economies if faced with such dire financial circumstances. Not Trudeau. The PM remains obsessed with the single-minded goal…

Scheer in tune with Canadians over rail blockades

This is one of those moments when a leader needs to show their mettle in bringing a difficult crisis to a natural conclusion. Justin Trudeau failed

Scheer in tune with Canadians over rail blockadesCanada has been involved in a political crisis for nearly three weeks. Nationwide protests by radical activists siding with the Wet’suwet’en tribe’s hereditary chiefs against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. are ongoing. Some politicians were blocked from entering provincial legislatures or, in the case of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland,…

The loss of a giant in Canadian journalism

The loss of a giant in Canadian journalismIt’s hard to believe that Christie Blatchford is no longer with us. Christie – or Blatch, as many were fond of calling her – was an omnipresent figure in Canadian journalism for 47 years. She often defied convention and marched to the beat of her own drum. She was a beacon of light who wrote…

Censure Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s speech

If you truly respect tradition and decorum in politics, Pelosi’s staged performance in front of the cameras was about as low as you can get

Censure Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s speechU.S. President Donald Trump’s state of the union address on Feb. 4 was memorable. He told members of Congress about his various political and economic achievements. He awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. He honoured a wide assortment of figures, from Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to 100-year-old…

Has Trump’s impeachment show trial established a new trend?

Let’s hope this impeachment trial, as ridiculous as it has been, is the last we witness for some time. Political strategy shouldn't be part of this process

Has Trump’s impeachment show trial established a new trend?In a few days, Donald Trump will become the third U.S. president to be impeached in the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate. The first was Andrew Johnson, a Democrat. He served as vice-president under Republican Abraham Lincoln in a National Union ticket and became president after Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Johnson…

McCain’s Twitter rant bizarre, ill-advised

McCain’s Twitter rant bizarre, ill-advisedThe daily news cycle often contains items of interest. In 2020, this would include the Senate impeachment trial involving U.S. President Donald Trump, the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, the tragic death of National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash, and the passing of inspirational London,…

Rest in peace, Sloan Ranger

Mike Sloan accepted his fate with an eloquence and bravery that many would hope to achieve – but few will ever attain

Rest in peace, Sloan RangerMike Sloan passed peacefully at 1:25 pm EST via MAID. He asked me (@bobsmith55) to let you know. I was with him at the end, holding his hand. He thanks you all for your support on this journey. His last words were, “Tell Chub I love him.” – 1:29 PM · Jan 20, 2020 Mike…

Push back against China’s pro-communist Bible

Chinese President Xi Jinping has concocted a devious plan to revise the Bible to make it more in line with his country’s totalitarian ideology

Push back against China’s pro-communist BibleImagine this hypothetical scenario: A world leader decides they’re going to arbitrarily change the text of an historically important religious document to suit their needs. Some people might complain about this decision in private, but the world leader is far too powerful to either publicly criticize or condemn. So these changes are made in short order…