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Are “We the People” Just Too Stupid for Democracy?

I admit that is a harsh question. But I think it is a fair question. But before explaining why, let me start by saying that I believe the cliché about the electorate always being right to be true. Lat night, Manitobans re-elected the Progressive Conservatives led by Brian Pallister. While some are elated with that…

Manitoba Election: A Fool's Forgotten Tale

Let’s play a little name recognition game. Don’t use a search engine, that would be cheating. Look at the following names. June Westbury, William Bayley, George Little, Albert Smith, Norma McCormick, George Palmer, Duncan Lloyd, William Short, Donald Smith, Curtis Bird, Hugh Armstrong, Henry Clarke, George Coldwell, Dwight Johnson, William Sexsmith, Walter Clark, Ivan Schultz,…

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Are “We the People” Just Too Stupid for Democracy?

I admit that is a harsh question. But I think it is a fair question. But before explaining why, let me start by saying that I believe the cliché about the electorate always being right to be true. Lat night, Manitobans re-elected the Progressive Conservatives led by Brian Pallister. While some are elated with that…

Manitoba Election: A Fool's Forgotten Tale

Let’s play a little name recognition game. Don’t use a search engine, that would be cheating. Look at the following names. June Westbury, William Bayley, George Little, Albert Smith, Norma McCormick, George Palmer, Duncan Lloyd, William Short, Donald Smith, Curtis Bird, Hugh Armstrong, Henry Clarke, George Coldwell, Dwight Johnson, William Sexsmith, Walter Clark, Ivan Schultz,…

America's Next Civil War

Thoughts and prayers. Those three words invariably follow the tragedy of gun violence in America. As soon as one hears an elected official utter these words, one can be certain there has been another shooting. Thoughts and prayers have become a synonym for indifference. They are meaningless words. They are words of inaction that simply…

From Market Lands to Treaty Lands; The Ghosts of the 1870’s

In 1875, a year after Winnipeg’s birth and a mere eight years after Canada appeared amongst the nations of the world, a generous settler family made a gift of land to the City of Winnipeg. The donors were members of the Ross family which included William Ross, Winnipeg’s first Postmaster, his wife Jemima and sister…

What Adder Nonsense!

Until recently, Michael de Adder was employed as a cartoonist with Brunswick News Inc. (BNI), a firm owned by the Irvings, one of Canada’s richest families. While de Adder’s art has yet to achieve the notoriety of an artist like Banksy, his work can pack a wallop. It seems de Adder’s efforts, particularly the latest,…

Why should I Get My Pet Dog and Cat Fixed

WINNIPEG - By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in Canada each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your…

The Strike for Freedom: From 1919 to Here

It is human nature to want to be free. We may all want freedom, but paradoxically, freedom has never been free. It was hard earned with blood, sweat and lives - millions of lives. It was not so long ago that work and employment were questions of freedom. Throughout history, men and women who worked…

Walking with the Bear Clan

WINNIPEG - The phone rang one dreary Tuesday afternoon last month. It was one of those days when the whole world seemed to be in some a state of anger, disillusionment, and hopelessness. I looked at the number with an 819 prefix wondering if I should answer it—probably a telemarketer, I thought. But I did…

Cabinet Conjecture

During election campaigns, the topic of who will be in the cabinet is usually ignored. Party leaders do not want to admit that some candidates will probably never be appointed. Most candidates promise to accept any assignment. Some Canadian prime ministers have disrespected the electoral process by appointing non caucus members. In the 1940 federal…

Springtime is Snake Time in the InterLake

Spring brings with it a newness, a freshness, that breath of fresh air that sweeps away those winter cobwebs. Along with the change in temperature, the longer days with more sunshine and the newness of the world comes mating season. It's a time where the majority of species challenge the life cycle once more! Mating…

No Country for White Men

History is full of cruelty, oppression, war, conquest and colonization. As soon as humans learned to wield crude clubs and organized themselves into clans and tribes, they began using power and violence to assert their will over other humans. There really aren’t any humans who were immune from the infection of violence. Regardless of culture,…

Virtue Signalling

WINNIPEG - Driving from the Airport down the Kingsway with my daughter Shauna, we were doing a little political jousting as we often do. Shauna is not, as they say, of a like mind with me about Tories – although she does admit to like John Tory, Toronto’s mayor. Shauna has a Masters in Theatre…

A & W Turns 100

WINNIPEG - This year is the Centennial for a restaurant chain with many ties to the Winnipeg area. On June 20, 1919, Roy Allen opened the first root beer stand in Lodi California The first A and W promotion was giving away Root Beer to soldiers returning from World War 1. Frank Wright an employee…

Theresa May’s Ides of March

March 2019 has proven to be an interesting time to visit England. The political drama of Brexit is everywhere. I mean everywhere! Forget TV, newspapers and the radio, you can’t step into a pub or a restaurant without overhearing at least one discussion on the issue. For a political junkie from Canada, it has been…

Is Manitoba Housing Ground Zero of Winnipeg Meth Epidemic?

Months after insisting they had no further answers to give me, Manitoba Housing was cajoled into coughing up a significant chart detailing where the agency has provided sharp containers for meth (and other) Intravenous drug users. As well, sometime after they first stonewalled my inquiries last October, mobile security units were issued portable receptacles to…

Dinner with Frank

WINNIPEG - I had the privilege recently of enjoying a dinner with Frank Mahovlich, the former hockey player and senator, who regaled us with stories of his past. One of them was about his recent trip (2017) to Moscow to have dinner with Putin – the occasion was a celebration of the 45th anniversary of…

Garden City Alumni Demand Seven Oaks School Trustees Debook Fundraiser Featuring Linda Sarsour

The Jewish community was joined by friends across the multicultural spectrum in Winnipeg, expressing shock that a school division is renting space to an event showcasing controversial Islamist-American pro- BDS activist, Linda Sarsour of Brooklyn, NY. Tickets for a 100th anniversary fundraiser - booked for next month into the Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre on…

The Silent Road to Christchurch

Hate and intolerance do not have a singular definition. They fall on a continuum. Harbouring hateful and intolerant ideas and feelings can reside subtly in the subconscious or they can take the form of extreme violence against those we may hate or are intolerant towards. The murder of fifty Muslim worshippers in Christchurch is the…

OPINION: Reason Cops Were Called to Asper Campus Might Deepen Split In Winnipeg Jewish Community

The CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg was unaware Lex Rofeberg is a leader of the radical US anti-Israel group IfNotNow until I revealed it in a Manitoba Post column. In fact, Elane Goldstine admitted in our half hour chat last Friday that before I started investigating the situation, "I did not know anything…

Security Concerns About Limmud Speaker = $1500 Bill

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg police were on the site of the Asper Jewish Community Campus on Sunday morning, but the President of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, which helps fund the facility, has claimed a cone of silence prevents her from explaining exactly why. Concerned parents attending the Rady Community Centre located inside the campus…

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