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James Di Fiore

Writer, film producer, political pundit.

James is a Montreal native living in Toronto, a published children's author, political pundit (those are often interchangeable), and freelance scribe. He is also an award winning documentary film producer and a happy stay-at-home daddy.
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A Hospital Waiting Room Makes Family Of Us All

Nobody is spared the anxiety of a patient in a hospital bed, with the generic food trays, the tubes and the tendency to make awkward jokes inside a tense and often tentative environment. But these strangers are experiencing the same unfamiliar setting, and an immediate bond is formed. These are now your brethren, your people, your family.
04/11/2017 03:00 EDT
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Making Fun Of Kellie Leitch Actually Helps Her

Leitch's stance on tightening the vetting process for immigrants and refugees is not the sole parallel between her and President Donald Trump, and we are dangerously recreating the identical scenery that enabled him in the first place. The American media opted to saturate their coverage of Trump, even when he was struggling during the Republican primaries.
03/01/2017 03:01 EST
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Denouncing BLM Leader Made Me A Public Enemy. I'm OK With That

I wrote a blog calling for the resignation of the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Yusra Khogali, citing her pattern of vitriol. I knew the piece would be a little controversial, but I did not predict such a firestorm of hate, punctuated by thousands of people labelling me a white supremacist or a racist.
02/14/2017 12:21 EST
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North America And The Decline Of Rational Progressives

A strange phenomenon has been happening over the past decade or so that has stifled great debates, great conversation. I did not truly understand the magnitude of the problem until I began receiving messages from people on Facebook after getting into debates with strangers about one of those hot-button topics. The messages are almost always identical; 'Hey James, just wanted to let you know that I agree with a lot of the points you made today. But I can't jump in because I don't want to get fired from my job.'
02/03/2017 06:11 EST
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Pretending To Be Santa Is A Privilege

The overriding idea behind dressing up as Santa Claus is not to provide children with hopes for gifts; it is to provide them with a vehicle to escape into an imaginative state, where wishes and secrets are tangled together, and a man in a red suit is the only arbitrator qualified to pull the right strings.
12/16/2016 02:22 EST
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Charlie Angus Could Be The Bernie Sanders Of Canada

The reason why a candidate like Angus is so interesting is because the new conventional wisdom is that there is no conventional wisdom anymore. A self-described socialist almost won the nomination for president of the United States, and probably would have won if the party he ran under did not work tirelessly against him. So the prospect of a true left-leaning politician inspiring voters from various sub-political persuasions no longer seems so far fetched.
11/24/2016 10:45 EST
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Liberals Would Rather See Trump Fail Than Lose Moral High Ground

So bad is the reflexive hatred and finger-wagging towards the next president that it now feels like they want Trump to fail. Indeed, many liberals seem downright masochistic about Trump, signalling they would rather he follow through on internment camps and other zany policies just so they can bask in their own "I told you so" posturing.
11/21/2016 12:45 EST
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I Had Lunch With A Stranger, Hours Later He Was Dead

What are the odds that you strike up a conversation with a stranger at a bar, only to visit the site of his eventual death just an hour later, a death that would happen just 10 hours later? But after finding his Facebook photo and comparing it to the news reports, I knew it was the same person.
11/11/2016 03:37 EST
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Clinton Supporters Enabled Trump's Victory

It was not just an attempt to repudiate the republican candidate; it was a message soaked in a superiority complex dressed up as political savvy and delivered by messengers who seemed to all stop taking their anxiety meds after the primary was over. They are a posse of frantic doomsday preachers whose empty rhetoric helped cement the Trump presidency, and now that he has won they are doubling down by protesting democracy itself.
11/10/2016 10:08 EST