Al Pope

To keep the peace: assassination, bribery and free trade

On August 17, 2009, Mariano Abarca Roblero, a human rights activist in the Mexican state of Chiapas, was picked up by state security forces and held on suspicion of disturbing the peace, and "organized crime.

Science in Canada: open for business

Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear announced this week that the National Research Council is now "open for business," and will dedicate itself strictly to projects that are "directed by and for" industry.

Towards a fair goal NHL

A controversy has erupted in the National Hockey League over its first-past-the-post scoring system. Fair Goal NHL, a public interest group, is calling for sweeping changes to the way that goals are counted during hockey games.

Accentuate the positive, but don’t eliminate the negative

Two weeks ago, Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the federal Liberal Party. The Conservative Party responded immediately by releasing the latest in its string of character-assassination ads against Liberal leaders.

A tale of two Elizabeths

Elizabeth May has the honour to be Elizabeth Windsor's most humble and obedient servant.

bumper stickers threaten our way of life

Those radical environmentalists are at it again.

The end of a bad idea?

This week, the Ontario Medical Association released a report demanding an end to the practice of feeding antibiotics to farm animals in order to promote growth.

Preston Manning and the wisdom of serpents

Last week, the Manning Centre for Building Democracy held its Manning Networking Conference, an international gathering of conservative thinkers. And you'll never guess who the keynote speaker was. Oh, you did guess.

dump the bums

So here's the deal. We're going to give you a job that pays an annual salary of $130,000. If you're coming from more than 100 kilometres away, we're going to give you $22,000 for living expenses.

is canada exporting hate speech

This week the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the hate crimes conviction of William Whatcott, a Saskatchewan anti-homosexual crusader whose pamphlets equate gay men with pedophiles, and claim that "children will pay the price in disease, death, abuse and u

Another man’s terrorist

In June 2011, Montreal police arrested a 61-year-old man and charged him under federal anti-terror laws.

one mans hero

This week, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta announced the creation of a new medal for cyber-warriors, most notably for the long-distance pilots of Predator and Reaper drones.

implausible deniability thats what powers for

We didn't do it. We would never do something like that. We didn't mean to do it.

too much blood re enacting the triangle shirtwaist fire

On March 25, 1911, 129 women and 17 men died in a fire in New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The garment factory was housed on the top three floors of a 10-storey building with no proper fire escapes.

Left Leaning Council goes to court

If you've been paying attention to the news lately you could be forgiven for believing that there's an organization in this country called the Left-Leaning Council of Canadians.

can 40 oil execs be wrong

The World Energy Council has rated Canada the third-best country in the world for energy sustainability, behind only Sweden and Switzerland.

Does this sound familiar?

Hungarian member of Parliament Marton Gyongyosi sent a tremor through European politics last week with the following statement on the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza: "Such a conflict makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live

Chinese trade pact for dummies

In 1997, the Canadian government placed a ban on imports of the manganese-based fuel additive MMT, a known neurotoxin.

What’s the big secret?

Last Friday's Yukon News reported that the "eight principles" of the Yukon government's new plan to open the Peel River watershed to mining had been drafted against advice from the departments of Tourism and Environment.

How can it get any worse?

On Oct. 19, 2007, Ashley Smith, an inmate at the Grand Valley Institute for Women in Kitchener, Ontario, strangled herself with a strip of cloth and died while guards looked on.