Al Pope

Canada’s conservatives and Sesame Street

Amidst all the furor in Ottawa over government secrecy and misinformation, one question emerges: what is it with Canadian conservatives and Sesame Street? Last week it was Mr. Snuffleupagus, this week it's the interjection NOT.

Mubarak must go

As the streets of Cairo erupt in violence, most of it perpetrated by government-backed thugs, world leaders have begun to take the position they should have taken decades ago.

Politics and the art of distraction

This just in: men absorb less news when the anchor is an attractive woman. It's not that we're not paying attention, it's just that we're paying it in the wrong place.

murder in tucson the world will never change

According to US Republican presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, it is a "blood libel" to suggest that her violent political rhetoric played any role in Jared Loughner's act of mass murder in Tucson last week.

Is it a lake, or is it a tailings pond?

Thanks to the former Liberal government, mining companies in Canada are eligible to apply for a large cost-saving measure.

Merry Christmas, Jerome

In more than a decade of writing this column, I don't believe I've ever marked the year's end by declaring a top story or a top 10 list of stories, events, newsmakers, or any of the usual foolishness that plumps out the pages of the press at this season.

Who is blocking Haitian democracy?

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told reporters last week that "It's essential that Haitian political actors fulfil their responsibilities and demonstrate a firm commitment to democratic principles, including respect for the integrity of the electoral

g20 police riots how many bad apples

Ninety-one Canadian police officers have been docked a day's pay each for failing to wear identifying tags on their uniforms during the G20 Summit demonstrations in Toronto last summer.

Assassinations and the Geneva Conventions: a matter of skin tone

Tom Flanagan, former senior adviser to Stephen Harper, regrets telling a CBC newscaster that US President Barack Obama "should put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something" to assassinate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

whats that rattling in the closet

Relations between Canada and the US suffered a serious blow back in 1971 when the Watergate tapes revealed Richard Nixon referring to the prime minister of Canada as "that asshole Trudeau.

thank you mr. lang

This week Yukon real estate salesman-turned-legislator Dan Lang and 42 of his fellow Conservative senators made history in Canada. With neither debate nor forewarning, they called a snap vote and defeated a bill passed by the elected House of Commons.

Arctic terror threats real: really?

This week, CBC's website carried an article with the alarming headline, Arctic Terror Threats Real: Security Agencies.

never mind the human rights were from canada

Last October, when the government of Honduras fell to a military coup d'etat driven by powerful business interests, one of the largest piles of chips on the table, the San Martin mine in the Sirian Valley, was owned and operated by Vancouver mining giant

Omar Khadr: what next?

This week Omar Khadr, the lone Canadian at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, pled guilty to a list of crimes he had previously denied. The reversal has drawn discussion on the question of when the defendant lied.

BC Rail: the scent of a coverup

British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell has spoken out on the sudden end of the corruption trial of two of his former aides.

government announces new employment opportunities for women

Some hitherto unacceptable occupations stand poised to become listed in Canada's job bank.

urban chickens redux

If you ever have the opportunity to become an op-ed columnist in a local, independent newspaper, I highly recommend that you snatch it up.

The Pickton inquiry: wrong job, wrong man

Nearly three years after Robert Pickton was convicted on six counts of murdering sex workers from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, British Columbia's attorney general has responded to calls for an inquiry into the events leading up to his arrest.

Flip flopping on gun control: Harper takes the lead

In the northwest corner of Canada, far from the triumvirate of megalopolises where dwell the country's much-touted liberal elites, some 30,000 individuals occupy an area roughly the size of France.

the habit of secrecy

When Master Corporal Anthony Klumpenhouwer, a member of Canada's JTF2 commando force, died in Afghanistan, the military told his family the 25-year-old had fallen to his death from a guard tower.