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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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Clinton Unfairly Spared Media Scrutiny For Looming Indictments

The political ether is currently laced with a zombie-inspired conventional wisdom that this entire debacle is ultimately meaningless, a manufactured scandal concocted by Clinton's political enemies. But once you delve deep into the facts of the case you begin to see why this investigation was never arbitrary.
07/04/2016 12:17 EDT
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We Need Transparency From Our Government, Not Photo Ops

The press is aiding and abetting the PMO's strategy of image first, substance second, to the point that we can't seem to go a few days without seeing our country's leader in that all too common, casual photo op, reassuring Canadians that he is unlike his predecessor, Stephen Harper. We get it. Trudeau and Harper are different. Only, they do have one huge leadership component in common; both men have taken an element of public relations and used it as their main mechanism to influence public perception. In fact, both men have staked out their preferred piece of PR and taken it to heights previously unknown in the stale world of federal politics.
06/29/2016 03:32 EDT
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A Father's Day Letter To My Estranged Dad

I resented the man you became, Dad. I truly resent you, even to this day. But I will use your failures as a way of guiding myself through fatherhood. Consider it your contribution to my life, years after you had given up on me, that I will never end up alone and away from the people I love.
06/15/2016 09:26 EDT
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It's Time To Rename And Rebuild The NDP

Luckily for the NDP, unlike the Democrats south of the border, they can scrap their party's name and orange motif without much blowback. And they should. The party's image is irreparable, tattered from years of negative election results and cemented in a state of mediocrity.
06/07/2016 02:58 EDT
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If Canada Could Sing, It Would Sound Like Gord Downie

Feel good sadness. Nostalgia music. Quintessentially Canadian. That's what the Tragically Hip was to us when we were in high school in the 90s. Gord Downie's voice was omnipresent, whether it was a bush party, a school dance, on the way to a buddy's cottage, or at the cottage having a few beers and sitting on the dock.
05/25/2016 10:04 EDT
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Manufacturing Offence: Are Mean Tweets Newsworthy?

If you dig a little into the archives of mainstream media websites and clips, you will notice a trend where the identity politics angle is almost exclusively supported by tweets and Facebook posts from unknown individuals instead of the direct questions or opinions from the journalist or reporter covering the story. Nowadays, journalists hide behind anonymous social media posts and pretend those opinions deserve spotlight coverage in hopes of unearthing a controversial sound bite or another clickable headline.
05/23/2016 02:50 EDT
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Justin Trudeau And The Great Pot Hypocrisy

Justin Trudeau, in a stunning piece of political theatre, recently stood up in the House of Commons and categorically refused to implement decriminalization, a refusal that will result in a continuation of unnecessary criminal records for a crime that won't even be a crime in a couple years. Given his history on the topic, it's a truly mind-boggling stance for him to take.
05/13/2016 12:24 EDT
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Social Media: The Steroids For Extremism

Discourse has been hijacked by a special brand of lunatics, people who are seemingly normal in real life but spit venom in the online world. Like comic book villains, they get caught up in their own drawn out monologues or zippy one-liners, both designed to stifle debate and destroy even the hint of a robust discussion, while feeding our minds a fool's gold hit of adrenaline.
05/10/2016 10:31 EDT
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Enough Trudeaumania, Let's See Some Real Progress

Trudeau talked about feminism. He took some selfies. He appeared on the cover of several magazines. Then he and Obama made some jokes. Then he did a one-armed push up. Those are just a small sampling of his antics since taking office. And now, I think I've had just about enough. Trudeau is clearly milking his greatest strength. His likability is off the charts, but with so many important issues happening in Canada right now do we really need to constantly be reminded that our prime minister is approachable and hip?
05/04/2016 04:24 EDT
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My Unborn Daughter Is Already Challenging Me

I'm 39 years old. I'm not all that proud of my behaviour as a teenager and young adult. It's been years since the last time I viewed a woman as a sexual conquest, but the impending arrival of a daughter has me swimming back into my past, and I feel the riptide of guilt pulling me under. Like the conman who becomes an FBI agent, maybe I can use my ingrained flaws and experiences as a method to shape my daughter into a young woman who could see a guy like me coming a mile away.
04/21/2016 12:35 EDT
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I Was Shamed For Being A Stay-At-Home Dad

I thought it was just a random idiot, an anecdotal experience I could laugh at but not take too seriously. And then it happened again. And then it kept on happening. Strangers, sometimes men (but mostly women), would make off the cuff comments about me staying home to take care of my kid.
04/19/2016 06:16 EDT