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EXCERPT: In Algiers, They Called Me "Death's Head"

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 9:58 AM

This is the last of three of excerpts fromLooking for Trouble, the memoirs of the late, legendary Canadian journalist Peter Worthington, now available for the first time as an ebook. Worthington died a year ago, on May 12, 2013. All proceeds of book sales will...

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EXCERPT: The Spy I Brought in From the Cold

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 8:22 AM

This is the second of three of excerpts fromLooking for Trouble, the memoirs of the late, legendary Canadian journalist Peter Worthington, now available for the first time as an ebook. Worthington died a year ago, on May 12, 2013. All proceeds of book sales will go...

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EXCERPT: "The 1964 Trial of Jack Ruby had Everything, Except Dignity, Decorum and the Law."

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 9:11 AM

This is the first of three of excerpts fromLooking for Trouble, the memoirs of the late, legendary Canadian journalist Peter Worthington, now available for the first time as an ebook. Worthington died a year ago, on May 12, 2013. All proceeds of book sales will...

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"If You Are Reading This, I Am Dead": Peter Worthington's Self-Penned Obituary

(9) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:25 PM

The following post originally appeared in the Toronto Sun. Mr. Worthing died Sunday evening at the age of 86.

If you are reading this, I am dead.

How's that for a lead?

Guarantees you read on, at least for a bit.

When the Sun's George Gross died...

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There Will Never Be Another Margaret Thatcher

(35) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Love her or loathe her -- as many did -- there is little doubt that Margaret Thatcher was the dominant political, social, economic and cultural force in Britain during the latter half of the last century.

Not only was Thatcher Britain's first female PM, but she was...

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This Registered Charity Has Secrets on the Books

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Big surprise -- the OSPCA wants more money. Some people think it gets too much money right now for how it handles the job of caring for animals. Complaints about the OSPCA abound, but somehow it seems to have the McGuinty government under its thumb -- or at least under...

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Dr. Norman Bethune: China's Hero, Canada's Traitor

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 12:30 PM

An article in the Toronto Star quotes Treasury Board President Tony Clement: "When Chinese schoolchildren are taught about the value of helping humanity, the story they are told is the Norman Bethune story."

There are a couple of aspects of this quote that are worth...

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The Most Vivid Account of Fighting the Taliban

(18) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 12:30 AM

Anyone is wrong who may think the book by former Capt. Rob Semrau -- The Taliban Don't Wave -- is his justification for what happened in Afghanistan in 2008.

Although Semrau is the first Canadian soldier ever to be court martialed for allegedly killing a wounded enemy on the...

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Hey Nexen, What's the Chinese Word for "Treason"?

(36) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:05 AM

David Kilgour was a Member of Parliament for 27 years, and during that time served in both Conservative and Liberal governments, and finally became an independent MP on issues of principle.

At present he is best known for investigative work with human rights lawyer David Matas, into

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We're Talking About Escobar Because It's Easy, Not Important

(11) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 10:25 AM

The tsunami of outrage over Blue Jay shortstop Yunel Escobar's alleged "homophobic slur" makes one think of an inspired observation by the late Professor Northcote Parkinson.

During research for his famous Parkinsons' Law, he noted that boards of directors for big companies (or governments) would routinely rubber stamp commitments...

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Ontario Politics Needs a Little Less Liberal Arrogance

(5) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 12:50 PM

If there was ever a good time to pull the plug on Dalton McGuinty's minority Liberal government, that time is now. In the last provincial election, MGuinty pulled a rabbit out of the hat by winning -- even though it was a minority government when conventional wisdom was that he...

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Topless Kate Doesn't Fit the Fairy Tale

(19) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 10:40 AM

When I first joined the old Toronto Telegram in 1956, the guy who ran the newsroom was J. Douglas MacFarlane -- to this day I'm not sure what his title was, but indisputably he was the boss, and one of the enduring newspaper legends of his day.

One of...

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Blame Religion -- Not a Movie -- For Libyan Attack

(74) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 10:59 AM

While deploring the mob attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the American ambassador to Libya, Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton also seemed to be apologizing for the movie that provoked the outrage.

"The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,"

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Iran Doesn't Want Our Diplomacy Anyway

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 7:50 AM

The only puzzling thing about Canada cutting diplomatic relations with Iran is why now?

Can it be that Canada (i.e. the Harper government) thinks patience is running out for that bellicose regime, and that Israel is close to taking it upon itself to attack Iran's nuclear facilities?

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In Canada, Serve Intruders Tea Before Defending Yourself

(9) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 9:55 AM

The law that says a person shouldn't use excessive force when battling an intruder or making a citizen's arrest is pretty good in theory, but ludicrous in practice.

And yet it's the law. Even the new Citizen's Arrest and Defence Act (dubbed the "Lucky Moose" bill) which supposedly expands...

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Is the Canada Council Just Funding Hobbies?

(14) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:59 AM

There was a rhetorical sigh of relief in the Canada Council for the Arts establishment that extensive federal budget cuts this year did not include them. While the DND budget is being cut by up to $2 billion, and the CBC budget of $1.1 billion is being cut...

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Don't Expect Romney-Style Love-In at Democratic Convention

(51) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 11:44 AM

The Democratic party's convention, which starts today in Charlotte, North Carolina, faces a small (or large) obstacle in that the recent Republican convention that wound up last Thursday, looms large.

Whatever plans organizers may have had to snipe at Mitt Romney's celebrated lack of caring for people, his remoteness...

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In Defense of Grumpy Old Men

(44) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 11:23 AM

The Republican convention in Tampa closed with a rousing battle speech by its presidential candidate, Mitt Romney that, while solid, didn't measure up to the supporting cast of speeches leading up to his.

Hispanic Sen. Marco Rubio radiated charisma and common sense when he said the...

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The Opening Acts Prove Romney's Show Worth Watching

(7) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 11:12 AM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the star attraction at the delayed opening of the Republican convention in Tampa -- but he was almost upstaged by the nominee's wife: Ann Romney.

Almost upstaged, but not quite.

Both had different messages, both delivered them magnificently, both hit...

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If You Can't Prove Armstrong Doped, How Can You Convict Him?

(32) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:00 PM

One can imagine the cheers from critics and skeptics that cyclist Lance Armstrong is being stripped of his seven consecutive Tour de France wins, and his 2000 Olympic Bronze Medal.

In face of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) erasing his name from record books, Armstrong...

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