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A long time coming: Supreme Court kicks Big Tobacco in cojones

A long time coming: Supreme Court kicks Big Tobacco in cojones

By Markham Hislop, editor

It was 1977. Every day I rode to and from work in a van. My co-workers included a withered old Englishman who fired up a roll your own with the stinkiest Imperial Tobacco – inside the van, with the windows closed. Continue Reading

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Surrey’s new policy strong arming gas stations to carry “alternative fuels” a very bad idea

Surrey’s new policy strong arming gas stations to carry “alternative fuels” a very bad idea

By Markham Hislop, editor

Green politics are usually pretty good politics for Surrey, but City Council’s recent decision to force new gas stations to spend money on unnecessary alternative fuels infrastructure is nothing more than cynical pandering.  To make matters worse, the usual defenders of business interests are co-conspirators. Continue Reading

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If Harper wants to tame deficit he can start by cutting unnecessary business grants

If Harper wants to tame deficit he can start by cutting unnecessary business grants

By Markham Hislop, editor

Tony Clement plans to slay the deficit in three years and Canadians have been put on notice that programs will be slashed and civil service jobs lost. I’d like to offer the treasury board minister a place to cut that won’t affect ordinary Canadians: federal business grants like the $2.6 million recently given away to Free Energy Power. Continue Reading

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Shame on the NDP for running “poteaux” candidates in Calgary federal ridings

Shame on the NDP for running “poteaux” candidates in Calgary federal ridings

By Markham Hislop, editor

In Quebec they are called poteaux (posts), candidates who are nothing more than names on a ballot. The now infamous Ruth Ellen Brosseau was a poteaux.  So were many of the Calgary NDP candidates. But don’t voters deserve better? Continue Reading

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Everything I needed to know about Mother’s Day I learned from Mordecai Richler

Everything I needed to know about Mother’s Day I learned from Mordecai Richler

By Markham Hislop, editor

For those of us who had tumultuous relationships with our mothers, and there are many, Mother’s Day can be tough. But this year I looked to Mordecai Richler, late and great Canadian man of letters, for inspiration during that most difficult of times, the death of a mother. Continue Reading

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The answer to the “pink toenails” controversy is for men to be better fathers to their sons

The answer to the “pink toenails” controversy is for men to be better fathers to their sons

By Markham Hislop, editor

Who knew pink nail polish could cause such an uproar? Cyberspace is abuzz over American retailer J. Crew’s advertisment showing a five-year old boy with hot pink polish on his toenails. In my social media network, women are appalled that anyone is upset about a boy wearing nail polish. I think they’re wrong.  Here’s why. Continue Reading

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Harper’s coalition-bashing strategy working, Layton missing chance to counter-punch and change campaign

Harper’s coalition-bashing strategy working, Layton missing chance to counter-punch and change campaign

By Markham Hislop, editor

Two and a half weeks into the federal election campaign and there has been little movement in public opinion polls. The parties go up a bit, then they come down a bit. The inability of the Libs and the NDP to make inroads may have a lot do with Stephen Harper’s much maligned coalition communications strategy. Continue Reading

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Canadian Left rank hypocrites when it comes to Sun TV News opposition

Canadian Left rank hypocrites when it comes to Sun TV News opposition

By Markham Hislop, editor

Imagine if the Canadian Auto Workers decided to start a TV news network and right-wingers petitioned the government to deny it a licence. Wouldn’t there just be a hue and cry from the NDP and its supporters? Yet it was quite all right for Canadian leftists and intellectuals, including Margaret Atwood, to agitate against Sun News taking to the airwaves. Continue Reading

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AB opposition leaders AWOL on healthcare ’til now, unlikely to force change on Stelmach

AB opposition leaders AWOL on healthcare ’til now, unlikely to force change on Stelmach

By Markham Hislop, editor

Alberta’s opposition parties are in full cry, chasing down the battered and bloodied government of Ed Stelmach over the issue of an Edmonton doctor allegedly drummed out of the province for criticizing surgical wait times. Fair enough, but where have they been the past 10 years?   Continue Reading

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Keep political appointees off Parole Board of Canada

Keep political appointees off Parole Board of Canada

By Markham Hislop, editor

A press release rolled into my inbox this morning from Public Safety Canada with a list of recent Parole Board appointees. Canadians don’t pay much attention to the make up of the Board, but they should.  Allow the wrong people to parole Canada’s criminals and bad things happen, as I discovered back in the 1990s. Continue Reading

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