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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.
Whoever Wins Florida, at Least Fewer GOP

Whoever Wins Florida, at Least Fewer GOP Debates

Florida is for real -- involving two time zones and strong pockets of national security conservatives, social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. Perhaps the biggest change since South Carolina is the sudden fear -- and "fear" is not too strong a word -- among Republicans that Gingrich might seal the nomination.
01/27/2012 11:54 EST
Why Canada Will Never Legalize Assisted

Why Canada Will Never Legalize Assisted Suicide

Despite poll results that 67 per cent of Canadians support legalizing assisted suicide, it's unlikely to gain traction in North America in the near future. The reason: We aren't convinced those who would make life-death decisions would do so in the applicant's interests and not the bureaucracy's.
01/26/2012 11:56 EST
The Endless GOP Road

The Endless GOP Road Show

It's often difficult to figure out who wins a political debate. And so it is with the seemingly endless road-show debates by the four contenders to be the Republican choice for president next November. If Romney didn't gain lustre on Monday, Gingrich certainly lost some -- even though he now leads Romney in Florida polls by an average of seven per cent.
01/25/2012 12:48 EST
Oh Please! Suspend Tim

Oh Please! Suspend Tim Thomas?!

Boston Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas chose not to visit the White House with the rest of the team. Horrors! Can you imagine the uproar among Boston fans for even considering the foolishness of suspending the best goalie in hockey for a personal choice that has nothing to do with his professional life?
01/24/2012 04:56 EST
Forget Russia. Chinese Spies Are the Real

Forget Russia. Chinese Spies Are the Real Threat

As far as Canada is concerned, Chinese industrial and social espionage is more active, intense, and threatening than the Russian version. Among our Chinese community, tales of Beijing's intrusion are more common than rare.
01/23/2012 12:49 EST
Republicans Should Save the Drama For

Republicans Should Save the Drama For Obama

The key question for most Republicans is which candidate is most likely to beat the President in November. Gingrich and Santorum (who did well in Thursday's debate) are in a struggle to depose Romney as front-runner -- which encourages the media to push the idea that a cliffhanger looms in today's vote. This may be wishful-thinking.
01/20/2012 11:19 EST
The Spy Who's Still Out in the

The Spy Who's Still Out in the Cold

What, one wonders, are the "secrets" S/Lt. Deslisle would be handing off or peddling to the Russians? We don't have much of a navy these days, and telling the Russians (presuming Delisle was) which dry-dock our four aging submarines (that the British conned us into buying) are being repaired in, can't be a much of an espionage coup.
01/18/2012 12:46 EST
North Korean Mourners: They Laughed Until They Were

North Korean Mourners: They Laughed Until They Were Jailed

According to a South Korean publication, <em>Daily NK</em>, "[North Korean] authorities are handing down six-month sentences in a labor-training camp to those who didn't participate in gatherings to mourn the death of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il." The same sentence is dished out to those who did attend organized grief sessions, "but didn't weep hard enough, or faked their tears, or didn't seem genuine."
01/18/2012 06:52 EST
Why Canadians Should Ignore

Why Canadians Should Ignore Syria

What to do about Syria? It's a valid question, about which there is no valid answer. Perhaps a better question would be, is there anything we (meaning the developed or civilized world) <em>wants</em> to do? The outside world is neither policeman nor colonizer. Syria wouldn't be the pushover Libya was, and if we became involved it could well boomerang when democracy doesn't occur, and a different tyranny ensues.
01/17/2012 09:56 EST
The Lady was a

The Lady was a Champ

There are those who think -- and I am one of them -- that Maggie Thatcher rates as Britain's greatest PM of the past century. Perhaps the greatest ever. Conventional wisdom would side with Churchill in that role, but he was a wartime leader who saved his country from Hitler.
01/14/2012 11:31 EST
St-Denis is No

St-Denis is No Saint

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae implies Lise St-Denis switch to the Liberals is an act of principle and conviction. Phooey. If anything, it seems an act of opportunism because the NDP is going nowhere in Quebec. Anyone who thinks the NDP won't lose seats in Quebec in the next federal election is smoking something that is illegal.
01/12/2012 10:52 EST
How to Avoid Jury

How to Avoid Jury Duty

I said I had been an acquaintance and had maintained contact with [serial killer] Clifford Olson for over 20 years; that I considered myself a friend of Leonard Peltier, who was serving a life for the murder of two FBI agents; and I was a friend of the late Laurie ["Bambi"] Bembenk who had been convicted of murder.
01/11/2012 10:40 EST
New Hampshire elects Mitt

New Hampshire elects Mitt Romney

Ron Paul is a classic spoiler. No one is sure what he's likely to do. Perhaps not even himself. Maybe it hinges on how seriously he wants Barack Obama replaced as president, because if decides to run as an independent or whatever, Obama's chances for re-election sky-rocket.
01/10/2012 01:38 EST
The Ongoing Anguish of Romeo

The Ongoing Anguish of Romeo Dallaire

It's only since Afghanistan that Canadians as a people have become appreciative of what their military has done on their behalf. In past wars or UN missions, what soldiers endured largely went unnoticed at home. The fact that it gnaws at Dallaire indicates that he may not understand soldiering the way others do.
01/09/2012 12:42 EST

Military Believe-it-or-Not

Military history is replete with oddities and trivia. How many casual history buffs of the U.S. Civil War know that U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant would become enraged at horse abuse, while committing Union soldiers to die in droves attacking the Confederates because he knew attrition was on the North's side?
01/07/2012 08:03 EST
2012 Brings

2012 Brings Gloom

Wanna know how 2012 is likely to be? Judging from how 2011 ended, 2012 as it unfolds is going to be a year that doesn't look very encouraging to anyone who isn't a congenital optimist.
12/31/2011 10:58 EST
Julian Assange may Be Unlikable, but He's No

Julian Assange may Be Unlikable, but He's No Criminal

Much of what Wikileaks has "revealed" is in the public's interest -- a network that relies on whistle-blowers. It is all mindful of Daniel Ellsberg, the former U.S. military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and was variously regarded as both a traitor and a folk hero. So it is with Assange. Sort of.
12/28/2011 03:10 EST
Smoke Sentence a

Smoke Sentence a Disgrace

Since Smoke was apparently proud of beating of Gualtieri, it's hard to see how the mild sentence will persuade him to refrain from lawless behaviour -- especially when the OPP are apparently fearful of aggravating aboriginals, or having another Dudley George incident, as happened at the Ipperwash stand-off.
12/27/2011 02:59 EST