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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.
We Already Miss You, Gord

We Already Miss You, Gord Downie

The news said you died surrounded by family and friends. You were surrounded by millions of your fellow Canadians as well.
10/18/2017 10:01 EDT
Could The Age Of Independent Canadian Politics Be Upon

Could The Age Of Independent Canadian Politics Be Upon Us?

The very concept of public service becomes swallowed inside a mentality that only serves the internal interests of the Liberals, or the Conservatives, or the NDP. It doesn't have to be this way. The time may be upon us for an insurgence of independent candidates to stake their claim inside the political arena.
05/23/2017 10:43 EDT
A Hospital Waiting Room Makes Family Of Us

A Hospital Waiting Room Makes Family Of Us All

Nobody is spared the anxiety of a patient in a hospital bed, with the generic food trays, the tubes and the tendency to make awkward jokes inside a tense and often tentative environment. But these strangers are experiencing the same unfamiliar setting, and an immediate bond is formed. These are now your brethren, your people, your family.
04/11/2017 03:00 EDT
Trump's Presidency Has Forced America's Institutions To Wake

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

Trump's surreal combination of incompetence, absurdity, corruption and being profoundly unpresidential has released a societal antibiotic working its way through a system desperate for a cleansing. To think, Steven Bannon wanted to destroy the administrative state, but he may be succeeding in making it stronger, and with a stiffer resolve.
03/28/2017 01:34 EDT
Am I Destined To Become My Emotionally Unavailable

Am I Destined To Become My Emotionally Unavailable Father?

I've seen fathers go from being authentically overjoyed in the presence of their kids to becoming these sad, defeated men who can't even muster a hello, much less a toast at a family function. Worse, I've seen what it does to their kids. Hell, I am one of those kids.
03/20/2017 04:13 EDT
Sorry Pope Francis, 'Progressive' Pontiffs Don't Put Down

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

When Pope Francis tells the world that it is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic, he is using the incredulous folks as the bar for what is usually seen as immoral or sinful. But here we are, post-backhanded compliment, and the world seems to be rushing to give him more progressive legitimacy.
02/24/2017 03:37 EST
You Don't Have To Choose Between Alt-Right And Regressive

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

We used to embrace moderation in politics through the tried-and-true blueprint of being socially liberal, fiscally conservative. We now have the opportunity to merge these classic beliefs into a new construct of voters who care more about actual societal progress than the fortunes of a singular political party.
02/22/2017 11:59 EST
Denouncing BLM Leader Made Me A Public Enemy. I'm OK With

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

I wrote a blog calling for the resignation of the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Yusra Khogali, citing her pattern of vitriol. I knew the piece would be a little controversial, but I did not predict such a firestorm of hate, punctuated by thousands of people labelling me a white supremacist or a racist.
02/14/2017 12:21 EST
Black Lives Matter Toronto Co-Founder Needs To

Black Lives Matter Toronto Co-Founder Needs To Resign

Yusra Khogali has made a habit of directing violent, hateful language towards people with white skin, so much so that I feel comfortable calling her out. When an individual at the helm of what could be a transformative movement distracts the public with hate, it is time for that individual to go.
02/08/2017 11:18 EST
North America And The Decline Of Rational

North America And The Decline Of Rational Progressives

A strange phenomenon has been happening over the past decade or so that has stifled great debates, great conversation. I did not truly understand the magnitude of the problem until I began receiving messages from people on Facebook after getting into debates with strangers about one of those hot-button topics. The messages are almost always identical; 'Hey James, just wanted to let you know that I agree with a lot of the points you made today. But I can't jump in because I don't want to get fired from my job.'
02/03/2017 06:11 EST
Quebec Mosque Shooting Revealed Our Online Mob Mentality,

Quebec Mosque Shooting Revealed Our Online Mob Mentality, Again

Things move at such a drunken, furious pace in the social media world that Trump's own press secretary cited this tragedy as proof that a ban on Muslim countries was sensible. Of course, this was still when a witness was being reported as the suspect. And by "suspect" I mean "guilty terrorist," naturally.
01/31/2017 01:25 EST