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There are better ways to reduce gun violence

There are better ways to reduce gun violence

Jan 14 2016

My friend and former colleague — oh heck, let’s get real: my friend and former boss — Jonathan Kay argued recently in these pages that America’s “gun cult” looks to Canadians “like a suicide pact” (‘God, fear & conspiracy theories,’ Jan. 9). “The tip of a privately owned gun,” Kay

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What ails black America? Lack of real policing

What ails black America? Lack of real policing

Jan 06 2016

Over the holidays, I noticed journalist Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America popping up on “best books of the year” lists, so I downloaded it, expecting some gripping but morally simple true-crime reading. Leovy surprised me with something far more precious: a revelation of how high

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The state giveth, the state taketh away

The state giveth, the state taketh away

Dec 21 2015

There’s one simple but important trick to reaping the rewards of free markets: the markets have to actually be free. Yet, judging by the actions of many politicians, this is not as obvious as it might seem. In Ontario, the government says it will legalize marijuana, but suggests the drug

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Sorry, Alberta — let the beer in

Sorry, Alberta — let the beer in

Dec 15 2015

As the constitutional challenge to New Brunswick’s protectionist limits on interprovincial alcohol imports continues, it is becoming clear that, in the effort to protect free trade within Canada, we have to be on guard nationwide. Alberta, long viewed as progressive in its alcohol regulations for at least allowing sales of

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Lawyers and their biases

Lawyers and their biases

Dec 04 2015

Even before the private Christian institution’s attempts to create a law school, Trinity Western University (TWU) was setting legal precedent on religious freedom. Whether or not appeals courts in Nova Scotia and Ontario allow their respective provincial law societies to withhold accreditation of TWU’s law school, they will have to

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The Bureaucrat’s Guide to Healthy Eating

The Bureaucrat’s Guide to Healthy Eating

Nov 17 2015

Toronto’s latest public-health fixation, this time on so-called “food swamps,” serves as a reminder that we are unlikely to realize the goal of creating a healthier population until we respect the autonomy of the individuals about whose health we’re so gallantly fretting. Just as the concept of “food deserts” —

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When the cops break the law

When the cops break the law

Nov 16 2015

Which do you think is worse: police officers who don’t know the law, or officers who know the law but deliberately ignore or even mock it? That question has been on my mind since I saw the video made by Mike Miller, who observed two police officers making an arrest

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Universities lose the thread on reasoned discourse

Universities lose the thread on reasoned discourse

Nov 11 2015

Is it too late to save the spirit of debate on university campuses, the very places where dissent is supposed to be valued for its contribution to fresh and vibrant thought? We’ve been worrying about the problem for decades. In the early 90s, my contribution to free speech in education

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Albertans are entitled to beer without borders

Albertans are entitled to beer without borders

Nov 03 2015

“Some animals are more equal than others,” said one of the pigs in Orwell’s cautionary tale Animal Farm. In that story, once the animals wrested control of the farm from the humans, the pigs in charge were soon drunk on power and became even more oppressive than previous management. The

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