Andrew Lawton is the host of The Andrew Lawton Show on London, Ontario's AM980 and a Sun News Network contributor. His writing has appeared in the National Post, Washington Times, FoxNews.com and numerous other publications. He has appeared as a political commentator on BBC World, CTV National News, CTS and various radio stations across North America and Europe.
"What do you do for you?" is a question I've heard umpteen times. "I work." Cue a confused look from the asker. I don't expect everyone to approach job or career with wide-eyed enthusiasm, but don't work-shame me for doing so.
I can only imagine what Mr. Smitherman himself is going through after his partner commit suicide; but I don't have to imagine the thoughts passing through Christopher Peloso's mind in his final days and hours. And it is precisely that reason that I think it is so dangerous to suggest, even if unintentionally, that suicide brings peace. By expressing a desire to "find comfort somehow in knowing that he has found peace from the depression that has wreaked havoc on his mind," Smitherman reinforced the flawed logic that those who are suicidal endure while contemplating the fatal act.
01/03/2014 05:31 EST
I asked the caller whether he supported the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. He let out a menacing cackle. "Yes or no, Abdul. Do you support Hamas?", I pressed. "Yes, I do," he replied, prompting me to end the call. The fact is, I know nothing about this man. Is he a jihadi-in-training waiting to attack the West? Is he merely a Muslim Canadian with contempt for Canadian values?
09/24/2013 05:47 EDT
When officers from York Regional Police's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau paid a visit to the Chabad @ Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill, Ontario to discourage the synagogue's rabbi from hosting...
05/22/2013 05:16 EDT
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea I'd be setting the women's rights movement back 100 years. Chivalry is an exercise in basic human decency, not an effort to subjugate women. To believe that ladies should be treated as such should not be a controversial -- let alone offensive --notion.
03/24/2013 11:03 EDT
We've seen the same debates take place after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Tech, and every time, pundits miss the point. Simply put, there is no antidote for evil. The notion that simply changing the laws will take away the pain and suffering of this tragedy or even prevent future ones from occurring is simply not true.
12/17/2012 05:59 EST
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. There was a time not too long ago where I wasn't planning on being around for the occasion. I am a suicide survivor. On December 9, 2010, I went to a public washroom, downed a container of pills and counted down what I thought were my final hours. Tomorrow was never supposed to come. Surviving an attempt has its own difficulties. My decision to reveal this was rooted in my frustration at society's stigma towards those with mental illness and the lack of understanding about suicide.
09/10/2012 07:44 EDT
Earlier this week, the internet erupted with a video of 68-year old Greece, New York bus monitor Karen Klein being viciously bullied and berated by a group of four middle schoolers. Whether or not Klein will receive the apology she seeks is still unknown, but she will be receiving a large, as-of-yet undetermined sum of money for her ordeal. Neither Klein nor anyone in her family requested this money, but she doesn't deserve it.
06/22/2012 04:21 EDT
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