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In defence of a dreary individual

In defence of a dreary individual

Aug 14 2015

People who make a habit of saying wildly offensive and disgusting things tend to be such dreary human beings. Sometimes I get tired of defending their right to express themselves, even though I truly believe in the importance of that right — for the sake of all of us. Thus,

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R. v. Jones, R v. Schmidt: In Detail

R. v. Jones, R v. Schmidt: In Detail

Aug 10 2015

In late 2011, Ontario sheep breeder Montana Jones was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that 41 of her Shropshire sheep would be destroyed over health concerns about a transmissible degenerative disease. The disease, known as scrapie, is deadly to sheep but is not transmissible to humans. Forty-one of

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The elephants in the room that the politicians aren’t talking about

The elephants in the room that the politicians aren’t talking about

Aug 04 2015

With the federal election looming, talk has turned to what the parties and their leaders have to say about the issues that are important to Canadians. The frustrating part is that the list of issues, which both the media and the politicians seem to have implicitly agreed upon, is incomplete.

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Helping each other without government intervention

Helping each other without government intervention

Jul 29 2015

We know that people call upon government to help them in myriad ways, and we also know that it often makes a royal mess of rendering that aid. As the joke goes, the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to

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The CCF is crowd funding for freedom and Gerard Comeau

The CCF is crowd funding for freedom and Gerard Comeau

Jul 22 2015

When Gerard Comeau went on a run to pick up a few cases of his favourite brew, he didn’t know that bringing them back from Quebec to his home in New Brunswick was illegal.He does now.Mounties stopped Gerard, confiscated his beer and slapped him with a fine for $292.50. He

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If the government will give us our own cash to fund child care, why not schools?

If the government will give us our own cash to fund child care, why not schools?

Jul 21 2015

A nice little surprise awaited me in my bank account Monday morning. According to my online statement, a sizable lump of cash had been deposited there courtesy of “CANADA FED” — it was my family’s share of the expanded Universal Child Care Benefit, retroactive to Jan. 1. The changes (which

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This atheist lawyer deplores TWU decision by law society and court

This atheist lawyer deplores TWU decision by law society and court

Jul 14 2015

I’m a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, but I’m so disgusted by its recent actions that I wish I could quit in protest. The Law Society made a deliberate decision in 2014 to violate the religious freedom of Trinity Western University (TWU) and any students who wish

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Fight religious extremism with liberty, not repression

Fight religious extremism with liberty, not repression

Jul 14 2015

Singling out the leaders of one religion, and one religion only, for certification and training in Canada is discriminatory on its face. So it is welcome news that the Minister for Public Safety has said the government is not considering the Senate’s suggestion that it investigate certifying Muslim imams in

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If you want to know how free you are, look at your city’s bylaws

If you want to know how free you are, look at your city’s bylaws

Jul 10 2015

If you’re ever curious about the level of freedom in any given place, I suggest you check out the local bylaws. In some ways, the bylaws in many Canadian municipalities rival Orwell’s worst imaginings in their prescriptions and proscriptions on the minutiae of everyday life. Soccer in the park with

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