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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.
If You Can't Prove Armstrong Doped, How Can You Convict

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

It's fair enough to suspect Lance Armstrong of doping, and since 1999 he'd been put through the hoops time and time again. Yet, nothing. Other cyclists tested positive -- not Armstrong. I haven't a clue if Armstrong was, or was not, using banned substances. All I know is that it has never been proven. If you can't prove something, you can't convict him.
08/28/2012 11:58 EDT
After the Hurricane, Paul Ryan is the Liveliest Part of the

After the Hurricane, Paul Ryan is the Liveliest Part of the RNC

The most exciting thing about the Republican convention which starts today in Tampa, is not Mitt Romney as the Presidential candidate, but Paul Ryan as his VP running mate. There's no guarantee a dynamic running mate will lead to a Romney victory come November 4, but without committed Republicans enthused and optimistic, his chances were slight to non-existent.
08/27/2012 03:05 EDT
Was it Something We Said,

Was it Something We Said, Pauline?

We all know that Quebec is sensitive on language issues. But Pauline Marois' plan to require anyone running for public office to be proficient in French should outrage everyone who believes in democracy. It's fine to expect anyone applying for a government job in Quebec to be competent in the official language of the province. But to restrict running for elected office to only French-speakers is arrogant, dictatorial and unnecessary.
08/24/2012 05:04 EDT
The Perks of Being a Public

The Perks of Being a Public Servant

Whatever happened to the old fashioned idea that one's salary was sufficient to guarantee the recipient fulfilling the job he was hired for? It staggers the imagination how so many of the Toronto Community Housing Commission got six-figure salaries, and bonuses that reached 20 per cent of their salaries. One has to give new CEO Gene Jones a chance, but a recent interview was somewhat disquieting when he was quoted saying he had no problem defending a 20 per cent salary bonus after his first year if he meets certain standards.
08/23/2012 12:15 EDT
To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect Hate-Mongers?

Why on earth would police put handcuffs on a man walking a large dog at a Queen's Park rally of something called Al-Quds Day? Neither Cupcake, nor Einstoss, were intent on provoking trouble at the Muslim rally which over the years it's increasingly become a "hate Israel" outpouring. Aside from the fact that Einstoss was merely walking his dog, for cops to side with protestors over those they see as counter-protestors, is a violation of everything the police should stand for. Peace at any price is bad value in a democracy.
08/22/2012 12:08 EDT
It's Quality Over Quantity When It Comes To

It's Quality Over Quantity When It Comes To Cops

Last week The <em>Toronto Sun</em> reported Toronto's 5,600 police have coped with 33 murders so far this year and 141 shootings. Chicago's 12,000 cops have had to deal with 313 murders and 1,453 shootings -- both almost 10 times greater than the numbers in Toronto, with double the numbers of police on the job. The evidence is enough to indicate that sheer numbers of police are not the formula for effective police. Leadership is important and, as we all know, leadership starts at the top.
08/20/2012 05:11 EDT
And the Next Chief of Defence Staff

And the Next Chief of Defence Staff Is...

The scramble is on in the military for the next Chief of Defence Staff -- the highest rank in our military and the one who commands, controls, administers the Canadian Forces, and implements the defense policies of the government. Whoever becomes the new CDS is going to have a thankless job of ensuring that the military remains effective despite an insufficient budget, limited updated equipment, and with reduced numbers in the Armed Forces.
08/19/2012 07:36 EDT
Tanks For The

Tanks For The Memory

Last Monday at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, a six-ton American version of the World War One French Renault tank was unveiled -- one of two in existence in Canada. The press release announcing the acquisition notes that my father, "defacto founder of the Canadian Armoured Corps," acquired some 250 of these tanks in the early days of WWII, when they were already obsolete. I was a kid, around 12 or 13 when a train load of these Renaults chugged into Camp Borden. Everyone in Borden was on hand to greet them -- the first tanks ever to be on Canadian soil.
08/17/2012 08:14 EDT
McGuinty, It's Not a Pay Freeze if Everyone Gets a

McGuinty, It's Not a Pay Freeze if Everyone Gets a Bonus

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is boasting that its freezing of Public Service salaries has resulted in saving the province $34 million -- even though bonuses to practically all managers has cost the province over $35 million. With a $15 billion provincial deficit, it's obvious the province is in a financial crisis. Pay freezes are a necessity and bonuses justified as "performance pay" are an utter waste and insulting to those who do their job. That's not economizing; it's hoodwinking the taxpayer.
08/15/2012 05:00 EDT
Pussy Rioters Should Count Themselves

Pussy Rioters Should Count Themselves Lucky

Anyone interested in just how much Russia has changed since the days when it was the Soviet Union should examine what's called the "Pussy Riot" case. Having interrupted a church service with a political protest, they are facing several years in prison. But the Pussy Riot girls likely have no appreciation of how lucky they are. In Stalin's time there'd be no publicity, no public trial, no knowledge even of the girls staging a political protest inside a cathedral. They'd just disappear.
08/14/2012 12:02 EDT
Romney's Hail Mary Gamble For

Romney's Hail Mary Gamble For Veep

The Presidential race has suddenly livened up, and Romney no longer can be regarded as risk-averse. Choosing Paul Ryan is a considerable risk, if one thinks Romney had the election sewn up with the lousy economy, but it was his only hope if indeed Obama's popularity was gaining because of Tea Party defections from the GOP.
08/13/2012 12:14 EDT
The Wisconsin Shooting Was About Hate -- Not

The Wisconsin Shooting Was About Hate -- Not Religion

To suggests that the latest massacre in America -- the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin -- had anything to do with Muslims is wrong. It has everything to do with the white racist view that people who look different are enemies. Sikhs were targeted by the apparent "White Power" sicko, ex-soldier Wade Michael Page, because they are identifiably "different" -- not because there is any reason to be upset at what Sikhs do, or represent.
08/08/2012 12:29 EDT
The Politicization of

The Politicization of Cucumbers

A full page ad by B'nai Brith in the <em>National Post</em> on the weekend asked in headlines "Why is the United Church obsessed with Israeli cucumbers?" What bothers B'nai Brith is a vote at the denomination's 41st General Council in Ottawa to consider boycotting Israeli goods that come from the occupied West Bank. The sincerity of the United Church is not in question -- just its judgment and intelligence.
08/07/2012 07:43 EDT
Management Prefers Those Who Think

Management Prefers Those Who Think "Inside the Box"

One of the rarest and most useful assets for a "leader" is the ability to think "outside the box," as they say. My father revered "outside the box" thinking, and as someone who stayed in the army after the First World War, one of his preferred rants was that "high rank in the military tends to turn brain into bone."
08/04/2012 11:22 EDT
China's Grim Human

China's Grim Human Harvests

Of all the policies invoked by China since the Communist take-over in 1949, none have caused as much grief inside the country as the one-child-per-family dictum. As brutal as some Chinese measures seem to us, they blend with the Chinese regime's creed that anything -- literally anything -- is acceptable if it advances Beijing's interests, including the kidnapping of pregnant women, late-term abortions, and baby selling.
08/04/2012 10:38 EDT
Canadian Aid to Zimbabwe Won't Help

Canadian Aid to Zimbabwe Won't Help Democracy

By reducing foreign aid to Zimbabwe, Canada is said to be threatening chances for democracy in that country after the next election, expected in 2013. The concern seems misguided. Canada has always maintained close and cordial relations with Zimbabwe, but this relationship hasn't advanced democracy in that country.
08/01/2012 08:32 EDT
If He Shut Up, Romney Wouldn't Be Much of a

If He Shut Up, Romney Wouldn't Be Much of a Leader

A lot of sniping has been going on recently at alleged gaffes Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney has been making. Except it's pretty hard to pin-point where he's been wrong -- unless one subscribes to the view that when travelling overseas he should shut up, and not say anything about anything.
07/30/2012 12:48 EDT
Using the Olympic Symbol Sans Permission? Off With your

Using the Olympic Symbol Sans Permission? Off With your Head!

<img alt="2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" src="" width="300" height="40" /> Measures being taken to prevent misuse of the Olympic designation are intriguing, appalling and hilarious. Fines for abuse can total $30,000. There's the 81-year-old grandmother who made tiny sweaters with the Olympic logo for dolls selling for the equivalent of $1.63, proceeds going to a church charity. And the florist rebuked for arranging flowers with the colours of the Olympic rings. Off with their heads!
07/28/2012 08:09 EDT
As Harper Procrastinates, Khadr Gains

As Harper Procrastinates, Khadr Gains Sympathy

Now there are psychiatric reports that supposedly claim Omar Khadr more dangerous than ever, surrounded and influenced in Gitmo by committed Islamic terrorists. His return to Canada is on hold because Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wants to consider the contents of these reports. The longer they procrastinate, the more sympathy Khadr gains.
07/27/2012 07:55 EDT
Canada: Where Taxpayers Reward

Canada: Where Taxpayers Reward Failure

Helen Guergis may have been treated badly, even unfairly, but it's hard to see the PM losing on this one. But with our courts, one never knows. And then we have Col. Ouelette who is suing DND for millions because apparently, he had inapropriate liaisons with a female member of the UN in Haiti. And the former CEO of Ornge! What is going on with these scandals?
07/25/2012 08:16 EDT