James Di Fiore
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.

Entries by James Di Fiore

Could The Age Of Independent Canadian Politics Be Upon Us?

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2017 | 10:43 AM

According to Stats Canada, only four per cent of Canadians aged 15 or over are card-carrying members of a political party. Let that sink in for a moment.

With all the blustering of partisan leaders, the millions of votes cast, the out-of-date tradition of only electing people...

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A Hospital Waiting Room Makes Family Of Us All

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2017 | 3:00 PM

When I was a young child, my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Bill would visit quite often. Back then our family was close, both emotionally and physically, plus my grandparents lived just down the street about 10 houses down. My aunt and uncle lived less than an hour away.


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Trump's Presidency Has Forced America's Institutions To Wake Up

(11) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 1:33 PM

If there had only been two names on the ballot in last November's election, and if I was eligible to vote in the United States, I would have cast my ballot for Donald J. Trump.

I know what you are thinking: what a douche. Some people reading this believed...

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Am I Destined To Become My Emotionally Unavailable Father?

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 4:14 PM

When I sit at my desk to write, I look just like my father.

This is bizarre to me for several reasons, mostly because he wrote computer code while I write political pieces and creative works. But it is uncanny how our coffee mugs are placed in the same...

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Abortion Debate Poisoned By 'Pro-Choice' And 'Pro-Life' Labels

(10) Comments | Posted March 10, 2017 | 1:49 PM

"Women should have the right to kill children, as long as they are still inside of them. But, it is killing children. It's just that it is OK if they do."

These are the words of comedian Louis CK when he performed last month in Toronto at the Air Canada...

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Making Fun Of Kellie Leitch Actually Helps Her

(38) Comments | Posted March 1, 2017 | 2:01 PM

We live in an age where reruns are a dying tradition. Trust me on this.

I posted a video the other day, a snippet from the eight-minute video Conservative Party candidate Kellie Leitch released to outline her plans, if she were to become prime minister. Only, the...

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Sorry Pope Francis, 'Progressive' Pontiffs Don't Put Down Atheists

(56) Comments | Posted February 24, 2017 | 2:37 PM

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Pope Francis gestures during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI audience Hall on Dec. 7, 2016 in Vatican. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

We've all witnessed people wrongly stereotype others through a stinging rebuke.

They are easy to spot as they...

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You Don't Have To Choose Between Alt-Right And Regressive Left

(12) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 10:59 AM

I know -- everyone is tired of talking about identity politics -- and for good reason.

It's a poison pill in an already toxic landscape, a conch for the left and a stone in the shoe for the right. It's where political correctness goes to thrive or be...

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Denouncing BLM Leader Made Me A Public Enemy. I'm OK With That

(125) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 11:21 AM

When I was 13 years old, I watched Do the Right Thing. I was a white kid in a Toronto suburb, and I was energized, angered and curious when Spike Lee's character tossed that garbage can through that window at Sal's Pizzeria. I sat for hours thinking about...

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Black Lives Matter Toronto Co-Founder Needs To Resign

(492) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 10:18 AM

You probably never heard of Yusra Khogali before.

As the co-founder of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, Khogali is used to being an outspoken leader for a movement that has seen more publicity than nearly any other activist group in North America over the past two years. She...

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North America And The Decline Of Rational Progressives

(12) Comments | Posted February 3, 2017 | 5:11 AM

Race. Gender. Language. Religion. Politics.

Those are the subjects most worth talking about if you are looking to discuss something substantive and intellectual. They are the basis for our civics, our identities, and even our passions. Hot-button topics are supposed to be uncomfortable, the rising tensions emblematic of the...

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Quebec Mosque Shooting Revealed Our Online Mob Mentality, Again

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 12:25 PM

It happened again.

The other day a horrible mass murder took place in Quebec City. Six people were killed. After some confusion with the initial reporting that said there were two suspects, one suspect was eventually arrested and charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

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Don't Let Canada's 150th Birthday Distract From The Real Issues

(12) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 2:43 PM

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Spectators watch fireworks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Dec. 6, 2012. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

In case you haven't noticed, every day of 2017 is July 1.

This year is Canada's 150th birthday, and Justin Trudeau does not want you to forget it. Actually,...

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Pretending To Be Santa Is A Privilege

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Last week I was floored with one of those stories that go around the Internet. You may have seen it. It was about a little five-year-old boy who was terminally ill and expired in the arms of a man playing Santa Claus.

It was heart wrenching. It...

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Between Castro And Pipelines, Trudeau Bungled Playing Both Sides

(15) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 2:58 PM

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 17, 2016. (Photo: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

"The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting conventional political categories." -- Christopher Lasch ...
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Charlie Angus Could Be The Bernie Sanders Of Canada

(45) Comments | Posted November 24, 2016 | 9:45 AM

"You call yourself the Moral Majority. We call ourselves the people of the real world." - Dead Kennedys

If the American election taught us anything, it's this; leaders who are perceived to be anti-establishment are currently the ones who can energize the people. This is the era of calling out...

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Liberals Would Rather See Trump Fail Than Lose Moral High Ground

(36) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 11:45 AM

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Students from several high schools rally after walking out of classes to protest the election of Donald Trump at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo: AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

"If you wish to be...
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I Had Lunch With A Stranger, Hours Later He Was Dead

(10) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 2:37 PM

"The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?" - Edgar Allen Poe

I don't believe in god. I don't really believe in fate either. In my early 20s a series of events happened...

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Clinton Supporters Enabled Trump's Victory

(16) Comments | Posted November 10, 2016 | 9:08 AM

"The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything." - George Carlin

People in America are taking to...

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Enough With The Predictions Of A Post-Election Apocalypse

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 1:28 PM

"The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live." -Albert Einstein

We all need to take a deep breath and take a step off the ledge for a second. We really do.

Either Donald Trump...

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