Al Pope

Pacific salmon: going, going …

In 2009, 10 million sockeye salmon were expected to make their spawning run up B.C.'s Fraser River.

Let them eat garbage

Last year, 851,014 Canadians used food banks on average each month, down marginally from 2010, but more than at any other time in history.

where did that darn truth go

On May 15, 2000, the small town of Walkerton, Ontario, was struck by an epidemic of diarrhea. At least 2,500 people were found to be infected with E. coli bacteria from the town's water supply.

glam and boredom on the campaign trail

Two new stars, both of them hunky athletic guys, made their entry onto the Canadian reality TV scene this week.

celebrity to die for

This just in: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has breasts. She has two in total, one on the left, the other on the right.

who owns the kids

Steve Tourloukis has a problem. The Hamilton, Ontario, dentist is a conservative Christian with two children in the public school system. His problem is that the province's new anti-bullying law calls for the schools to teach tolerance, and Mr.

Pretty Baby goes to dance school

Looking for a nice healthy exercise routine for your preschool daughter this year? A dance studio in Duncan, B.C., has a great new idea: pole-dancing lessons.

the king has nothing on

I had intended to remain aloof from the chatter about Prince Curly's excellent adventure in Vegas, but a couple of details leapt out of the Royal Monty story that no one else seems to have noticed, and I feel obliged to point them out.

an orchard of bad apples

This week a group of dissident B.C. Mounties went public with calls for top-down changes to the RCMP.

A Mount Everest of cash, and no excuses

On January 1, 2012, Canada's combined federal and provincial corporate tax rate fell to 25 per cent, the lowest among G20 nations. The U.S.

the myth of the peoples media

This week, a British journalist had his Twitter account suspended over tweets about NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

mr. big meet mr. gladstone

One of the founding principals of criminal law in Western countries is the avoidance of false conviction, as expressed in Blackstone's Formulation that it is "better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.

How to drive a bus through the House

This Thursday morning, I learned from the national press that Canada's elected representatives stayed up all night "debating" amendments to the federal budget omnibus bill.

harper versus the charter

On April 17, 1982, Queen Elizabeth of England signed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms into law. It marked a milestone in Canadian history, a major step in our progress from British colony to independent nation.

occupy a whimper or a bang

This February, a USA Today headline trumpeted, "Occupy movement fading out in a whimper.

proud northerners battle foreign academic

According to Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's minister of health, indigenous Canadians hunt every day. That's why they don't face food pressures.

the end of coal or the end of us

This week, Scientific American announced The End of Coal Burning in the U.S.

Want a Ferrari? Learn to frack

Oil industry reporter Nathan Vanderklippe, in an article for the Globe Investor, predicts that this spring will see a sudden rise in the number of Italian sports cars on the streets of Calgary.

eating the rich two per cent at a time

A recent poll conducted by Environics for the Broadbent Institute found that 83 per cent of Canadians favour higher taxes on the ultra-rich.

Witches to hunt? Money to burn

In January, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver raised eyebrows when he declared that "environmental and other radical groups" funded by foreign special interests were hijacking development in Canada.