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Presidential Candidates Share Their Summer Reading Lists

David Martin | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

It's almost summertime and that means it's time to choose some books to read at the beach, at the cottage or, if you're running for president, on the campaign trail. Here's what this year's candidates say they're currently reading and what books are actually sitting on their nightstands.

Master The Art Of The Insult With Donald Trump's New Book

David Martin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Many people are familiar with Donald Trump's book The Art of the Deal. Few if any, however, are aware of his soon-to-be-released opus The Art of the Insult. A brief review of this hard-to-obtain work helps to explain The Donald's performance in the current Republican campaign.

6 Reasons Not To Elect Donald Trump

David Martin | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

As the primary season comes to an end, it's time to get serious about this presidential nominating thing. Sure, it's been a real laugh pretending that Donald Trump will be the next president, but there are plenty of reasons you shouldn't allow that to happen.

A Letter To Wealthy Tax Evaders, From Your Pal The CRA

David Martin | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Business
David Martin

Dear valued wealthy client: First, we'd like to apologize for corresponding with you directly. We know that you prefer that we communicate with you through your accountants or your esteemed team of corporate tax lawyers.

Why I Would Make A Great Senator

David Martin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments: I hear that you're looking for a few good men (and women, too, of course) to quickly fill five Senate seats from the provinces with the most vacancies, namely Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Luckily for you folks, I'm available right now.

President Trump: The First 100 Days

David Martin | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

January 20, 2017 Donald Trump is sworn in as America's 45th president and his running mate, Sarah Palin, is sworn in as vice president. For first time ever, the inaugural ball is held in Atlantic City.

Mike Duffy And George Costanza Share A Foolproof Legal Defence

Peter Landry | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Duffy's defence -- which I will refer to as "The Costanza" -- may become a standard courtroom tactic should his lawyers succeed. This new legal principle would hold that one is innocent unless the law, social behaviour and even etiquette are explicitly explained in advance in each case.

Conservatives Perfectly Suited For Uncovering Liberal Scandals

David Martin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!

Men, Have You Been Plaid-Shamed?

David Martin | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
David Martin

I was standing in line at my local McDonald's when the person behind me asked, "Is that a plaid shirt you're wearing?" I was flustered, my face turned a crimson red and I quickly exited the restaurant. It was only when I sat down inside my car in the parking lot that I realized what had happened: I'd been plaid-shamed.

Second-Past-the-Post and Other Innovative Ways to Vote

David Martin | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are committed to ending our outmoded first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system. However, it's still unclear what they'd replace it with. The problem as I see it is that Canadians haven't been offered a good substitute for our outmoded FPP system. We should have a whole smorgasbord of truly Canadian electoral options.

A Letter of Gratitude to Stephen Harper From Two Doctors

Dr. Hasan Sheikh | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Hasan Sheikh

A year ago we had written to Minister Chris Alexander to apologize for treating a refugee patient. We spoke about how cuts to refugee health care had made seeing a doctor virtually impossible for many new refugees. Were you, Mr. Prime Minister, desperately trying to get the Minister to review the file as well?

Satire and Gods of Suburbia

Charlene Sayo | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

Satirizing religious and political affairs must be done, not only to deepen social consciousness and inspire action, but to reach out to those not easily swayed by abstruse theory and rhetoric.

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons Were Racist, Not Satirical

Hana Shafi | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

There is no doubt in my mind that what happened to the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo was an unacceptable tragedy. Nobody should die because of their views.Still, despite the tragedy of the lives lost, I still cannot stand behind the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan. And the automatic herd of people rushing to back the slogan without applying critical thought to it or educating themselves about the publication is a deeply troubling phenomenon.

Five Things Hollywood Pretends Are Affordable

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you spend a lot of time watching movies, you begin to notice a trend: movies are about Average Joes. Yet it seems Hollywood apparently would have us believe that John Q. Public has easy access to all the things people with money tend to be doing. Here's a list of five examples of pricey things that we keep seeing Average Janes doing on TV and in the movies.

Quebec Hates Mud Bloods (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

Does anyone else see the resemblance between Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois?

Why I Don't Picket or Chain Myself to Anything

The Lapine | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

Unless you've been living in a sleeping bag with your smartphone and a bag of Skittles, you know that there are some pretty squirrely things going on in the world right now. Big, big things that shout out to be shouted at. And smaller just-plain-wrong things that we all encounter every day as we go about our daily chores and chuckles.

Unwanted Seniors Added to Unwanted Babies Drop-Off Program (Humour Blog)

The Lapine | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

An Alberta hospital group that just opened two "Angel Cradle" baby boxes for the safe drop-off of unwanted newborns has expanded the program to allow people to drop off unwanted old people. "Far too many babies and oldies are being abandoned in dumpsters," said Dr. Nina Swan of Covenant Health, the Catholic-based, government-funded health care administration that operates the two hospitals hosting the programs.

France's next battle: Banning 'God bless you'

Deena Douara | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Deena Douara

Nothing screams progress like telling a woman what she can and can't wear. In their valiant strides toward enlightened secularism, the French have a...

International Community Celebrates John A. Macdonald's Birthday by Continuing to Ignore Canada

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada
Jilly Gagnon

The international community marked the 197th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, by completely ignoring the man as well as the country he headed. Despite proximity to Canada, Americans seemed no likelier to understand references to Macdonald.

Vancouver Riots, The Kiss Recreated In Lego

Posted 08.27.2011 | Canada

This month's Vancouver riots were arguably one of the most traumatic moments in that city's recent history. And sometimes it takes a bit of play t...