I was chatting with the <em>National Post</em>'s Andrew Coyne and a bunch of others at a party last weekend, and he mentioned a column I'd written for the old <em>Financial Post</em> that drew more response than anything the paper had experienced at that time. And you would never believe what the column was about.
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.
The 14-year-old boy in the burka buying liquor from the LCBO was a big story recently -- and the problem is not 14-year-old grade 8 boys buying booze, but of anyone wearing a burka or veil, rarely being questioned. Who can blame the LCBO cashier for not risking the wrath of human rights zealots? The greater implications of this burka-and-booze story is that it could happen anywhere. The burka is an ideal disguise in our country, because we are so sensitized to pretending it's normal, that we are reluctant to cause a scene by asking questions.
07/24/2012 05:13 EDT
There are several reasons why America hosts most of the recent mass slaughterings. While such incidents can happen anywhere, they are most prevalent in free, or democratic countries. In autocratic or repressive regimes, mass killings by explosives are for political reasons - Chechen terrorism in the Moscow theatre bombing or the Beslan school massacre. But not random, mindless slaughter. There is no logical way to prevent such massacres in a democracy.
07/23/2012 05:01 EDT
A poll of Canadians would probably come out in favour of chuckwagon races as something of an institution around which the annual Stampede is based. If one could turn the clock back to Roman times, a similar poll would also come down in favour of to-death gladiator fights in the Coloseum, and bear-baiting, lions eating Christians and, of course, Ben Hur-like chariot races.
07/18/2012 08:58 EDT
What to do about gun violence in Toronto -- or anywhere else, for that matter? Well, contrary to prevailing opinion, there's a lot that can be done. For starters, we (the police and government) should determine who is doing the shooting. Unfortunately, "Profiling" is a taboo word for many, especially human rights zealots who equate "profiling" with bullying or unfairly picking on a portion of the community.
07/18/2012 05:17 EDT
The main message in so-called "Muslim cleric" and street preacher al-Haashim Kamena Atangana's tirade against provocatively-dressed women is what it says about some Muslim men. Apparently, men are such lustful creatures that they can't control themselves if they spot a short skirt. He would favor a law requiring women to wear long robes that cover all parts of skin.
07/17/2012 09:03 EDT
In the 2008 election, Republican John McCain got five per cent of the black vote. Romney is said to be hoping for 11 per cent in November -- enough to make a difference. Hence his recent foray into the liberal waters of the NAACP in Texas to deliver his message. To his credit, to didn't soften pedal or twist his message to pander to African American, but said to them what he's been saying all along -- that America (and people of colour) will do better with him as Prez, than it has done, or will do, with more of Obama.
07/13/2012 12:19 EDT
Leonard Peltier, now 68, has been in prison for 35 years. Since 1977, petitions and pleas on his behalf have been ignored; appeals by the Arhbshiop of Canterbury, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, 55 U.S. Congressmen, and Canadian Parliamentarians, and members of the European Parliament Union. But the FBI is adamant that he killed two of their agents.
07/12/2012 04:12 EDT
What sort of a world do the people who run our courts live in? For defending and recovering his property, Brian Knight was convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and sentenced to 90 days -- three times the sentence that the thief got. How dare this guy be saddled with a criminal record for doing what most of us hope we'd do if we were confronted with the same circumstances that faced Brian Knight.
07/11/2012 05:18 EDT
Zambian author Dambisa Moyo proposes a refreshingly original, and correct, take on the state of African affairs: that developing countries plan their own futures and not depend on foreign aid -- that excessive aid fosters dependency, inhibits enterpise, leads to corruption and too often results in tyrannical governments and massive poverty.
07/10/2012 08:49 EDT
Karla Homolka served her time and fled to the Caribbean, determined to avoid the spotlight -- until discovered by former TV reporter Paula Todd: married with three children living in Guadeloupe. It's difficult to have sympathy for Karla Homolka, even as she's persecuted by "public interest" reporters. Better to question the judicial system that freed her. As long as she stays out of trouble, why not leave her alone?
07/09/2012 12:09 EDT
It's unlikely that Bev Oda's successor as the Minister of International Co-operation, Julian Fantino, is addicted to $16 orange juice. More likely is that he'll provide tough leadership when it comes to international aid programs, and will keep the CIDA gang under ideological control.
07/05/2012 12:11 EDT
Eight military police officers whose conduct was under examination, have been cleared and the whole matter of whether or not Canadian military police tortured Afghanis is filed away as it should have been -- and would have been if the <em>Globe and Mail</em> hadn't had a bee in its bonnet, intent on rooting out scoundrels it believed were in our military.
07/03/2012 12:02 EDT
Pragmatically, there is no need for outside intervention when it comes to Syria. Yes, a lot of people are being killed, but perhaps more would be killed if outside forces were used to despose Assad. And unlike conventional war, a revolution is a personal thing for those involved. When outsiders participate, the dynamics change. And revolutions never turn out the way those who lead them expect, or even intend.
06/29/2012 11:59 EDT
According to Thomas Mulcair, the recently crowned federal NDP leader, the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would consult former Tory prime minister Brian Mulroney about Quebec, proves how little he understands that province. Really? Or is this Mulcair just shaking in his boots because this is a plot by Harper to regain support in Quebec?
06/29/2012 07:56 EDT
As far as anyone knows, such a thing has never happened before. As part of its 62nd anniversary ceremonies marking the start of the Korean war, the Republic of Korea has issued a special stamp commemorating Maj. Robert Campbell Lane of Ottawa, whose 100th birthday is this week. Maj. Lane is now believed to the the oldest veteran of that war -- American, British or Canadian.
06/28/2012 11:58 EDT
Barely 48 hours after the collapse, rescue efforts were called off -- until Premier Dalton McGuinty intervened and locals vehemently protested. Good lord! Don't the Emergency Measures people know that rescuers are supposed to risk their lives to save others?
06/27/2012 02:18 EDT
If further evidence was necessary to prove that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a man of limited and flexible ethics, well, the guy himself has provided it. Instead of returning to his place of overnight confinement as decreed in his bail agreement, Assange sought refuge in London's Ecuadorian embassy and applied for political asylum.
06/26/2012 12:20 EDT
This week, sixty-two years ago, was the start of the Korean War. It was a chance for Canadians who were too young for World War II to experience what others had endured in wartime; it was an adventure. The mixture of veterans and rookies proved to be a more effective force than many expected, and Canadians who were there now recognize how worthwhile their contribution was.
06/26/2012 04:58 EDT
Even after the Arab Spring, it is too early to tell what Egypt's fate will be. But if there's one thing to be said, it's that military intervention in the form of Ahmed Shafik winning the election might actually save the country. The other presidential option is the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a ruthless organization which supported the Nazis, and seeks to suppress democracy in the Middle East.
06/22/2012 07:28 EDT
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