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Peter Worthington

Co-founder of the Toronto Sun

Peter Worthington is a co-founder of the <em>Toronto Sun</em> and was its editor-in-chief for 12 years and is now a columnist. Prior to that, for 15 years at the <em>Toronto Telegram</em> he covered mostly international crises, wars and revolutions, and opened the first Canadian newspaper bureau in Moscow. <br> <br> In WWII he was an air gunner with the Fleet Air Arm, and in the Korean war a platoon commander with the Princess Patricias. He has a B.A. from UBC, a journalism degree from Carleton University, and four National Newspaper Awards and one Citation. He is married, has three kids and six grandchildren and usually prefers animals to people.
Canadian Immigration Turns its Back on Afghan

Canadian Immigration Turns its Back on Afghan Translator

Now that Canada's combat role in Afghanistan has ended, it is tempting for some to turn their back on what went before. That's both foolish and wrong. Canada has a duty to make it easier for Afghan translators and such to enter Canada. Otherwise we are probably sentencing them to death.
11/19/2011 08:38 EST
Democracy Unlikely in Syria After

Democracy Unlikely in Syria After Assad

Does Assad have a date with the war crimes tribunal at the Hague awaiting him if he quits? Probably not if he leaves willingly. Almost certainly if he's forced out -- and isn't assassinated. The choice is his, but don't hold your breath for our sort of democracy to come to Syria after Assad.
11/17/2011 01:59 EST
Time for Occupy Toronto Protesters to Pack it

Time for Occupy Toronto Protesters to Pack it In

For all practical purposes the month-long long protest and park sleep-in is over. Patience has run out. Personally, protesters lost me when they began to agitate about the "sacred fire" they have in the park, contrary to park regulations.
11/16/2011 02:08 EST
As Afghanistan War Ends, Will Harper Abandon

As Afghanistan War Ends, Will Harper Abandon Troops?

With our combat role in Afghanistan a thing of history, there's a feeling that Ottawa (i.e. the Harper government and most politicians) want to wash their hands of the military. Bring the boys and gals home, leave a token force there, and forget about 'em.
11/12/2011 08:23 EST
War Was Something We

War Was Something We "Just Did"

In the Korean War, I felt lucky to be going at someone else's expense. Adventure and curiosity. How would it feel to be shot at? What was an artillery barrage like? Would there be hand-to-hand fighting? We all expected to survive.
11/11/2011 06:48 EST
Charlie Hebdo Chooses Democracy Over

Charlie Hebdo Chooses Democracy Over Cowardice

Bruce Crumley writes in <em>Time</em> magazine: "In a free society, a newspaper can ridicule and stigmatize whomever (sic) it chooses, except those who demonstrate a willingness to respond with violence." Self-censorship is the order of the day -- something not unknown in the Canadian media when it comes to Islamic extremists.
11/09/2011 01:40 EST
Useless Subs Will Sink Our

Useless Subs Will Sink Our Navy

What advantage would nuclear subs give Canada? Well, we could better detect Russian subs under Arctic ice. What would we do if we detected Russian subs? Well, we could inform the CBC which would relay the fact to Canadians. Would we consider torpedoing a Russian sub? Good gracious no!
11/07/2011 09:18 EST
Don Cherry Stands Up for Our Soldiers. Can the Same Be Said of His

Don Cherry Stands Up for Our Soldiers. Can the Same Be Said of His Critics?

<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/peter-worthington/don-cherry_b_1079607.html" target="_hplink"><img src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/395921/thumbs/s-POPPY-small.jpg" align=right hspace=3></a> We all have opinions, but when it comes to standing up for his country, and for our soldiers, it's unlikely Don Cherry has an equal.
11/07/2011 02:18 EST
The OSPCA's Tale of Two

The OSPCA's Tale of Two Rockys

This is the story of two dogs named Rocky -- one which was unnecessarily euthanized by the OSPCA this summer, and the other being feted by the OSPCA at a fundraiser on Nov. 28 at Roy Thomson Hall. The owner of the euthanized Rocky feels the fundraising is being used to make them forget the botch-up with their dog.
11/05/2011 08:57 EDT
Greece Is Just the First to

Greece Is Just the First to Fall

Let 'em go. Let 'em make their own way until they change their minds and rejoin the club and adhere to existing rules. If that means another recession, or even a depression, better now than at some time in the future when damage will be even greater.
11/03/2011 12:07 EDT
Should the Canada Goose Be Our National

Should the Canada Goose Be Our National Symbol?

My choice for a national symbol 30 years ago -- and remains so today -- is the Canada Goose. Critics fret that Canada Geese are a nuisance in parks, that they are messy, and take over areas, like grubby Wall Street occupiers. But the Canada goose has a curious nobility.
11/02/2011 02:57 EDT
Who Will Make the CBC Accountable for its $1.1 Billion

Who Will Make the CBC Accountable for its $1.1 Billion Budget?

Apart from the CBC's penchant for secrecy on how it spends the $1.1 billion of taxpayers' money it gets from the government, what I find unacceptable and disgraceful, is the CBC bidding on programs that the private sector would run, but can't match CBC funding which is given to them, rather than earned by them.
11/01/2011 11:53 EDT
Toronto Sun Rises at 40 as Newspapers

Toronto Sun Rises at 40 as Newspapers Fade

Over the past 40 years it has become something of an institution in Toronto -- beloved by some, despised by others, but always competitive, periodically incestuous, often irritatingly cheerful, occasionally naughty, and ever determined to be itself and to hell with what critics think.
10/31/2011 10:51 EDT
Conrad Black the Villain of His Own

Conrad Black the Villain of His Own Book?

Conrad is candid in documenting how, when fortunes turned against him, former friends and allies also turned against him. Even at the <em>Telegraph</em>, employees who owed their careers to Conrad, turned on him. If nothing else, Conrad Black seems not have been a great judge of character.
10/30/2011 09:16 EDT
Mary Walsh Ambushing Rob Ford: No One's

Mary Walsh Ambushing Rob Ford: No One's Laughing

A CBC spokesman tried to explain that Mary Walsh's ambush was for a "lighthearted moment" on TV. Fair game for the CBC, which has its own ethical standards, none of which involve telling the public how it spends taxpayers' money.
10/26/2011 11:49 EDT
Libya's Sharia Law: A Different Kind of

Libya's Sharia Law: A Different Kind of Tyranny

True democracy and Sharia law are irreconcilable. Women are officially inferior. Apostasy -- the changing of religions, or abandoning Islam for Christianity -- is a crime. And running a country with a banking system that allows no interest payments poses problems on the international stage.
10/25/2011 11:26 EDT
Thomas Mulcair Not Interested in Playing it

Thomas Mulcair Not Interested in Playing it Safe

Mulcair is reputed to have a quick and unpredictable temper, which makes him exciting, but he also seems to look beyond the present. He's said that if the NDP ever wants to form the government, it must be prepared to "do things differently." That sounds like an innovative guy who is anxious to break fresh ground.
10/24/2011 10:48 EDT
Murdering Gaddafi Was the Right Thing to

Murdering Gaddafi Was the Right Thing to Do

Civil liberties types worry about how Gaddafi died. What does it matter? He's gone, and that's the bottom line. Arguably, the last thing anyone should have wanted was Gaddafi put on trial, which would almost certainly have become a disruptive circus and fiasco.
10/22/2011 06:29 EDT
Gaddafi Dead: What Took So

Gaddafi Dead: What Took So Long?

Barack Obama refused to take the lead, but offered support if other countries bit the bullet, so to speak, and led the way. Our politial leaders insisted we were shooting up Libya to protect civilians, not in an effort to replace Gaddafi's oppressive regime. Nonsense, but that's international diplomacy.
10/20/2011 11:54 EDT