Al Pope

harper and the refugees none is too many

According to an Angus Reid online poll, 46 per cent of Canadians believe that immigration is having a negative effect on the country. The poll links this figure to the August arrival of the M.V.

Canadian drug policy: drowning in ideology

Russia's finance minister, Alexei Kudrin, is encouraging citizens to smoke more cigarettes and drink more alcohol, in order to boost the country's sagging tax revenues, so necessary for fighting social evils.

jackie we hardly knew ya

Whatever you might think of the Conservative government's move - dressed up as a private members bill - to dump the long-gun registry, it has finally given Canadians something they have always lacked: a clear distinction between our two major parties.

social inclusion a cost effective alternative to social housing

I happened to be in Whitehorse last Thursday, and thought I'd drop by the Fireweed Farmer's Market to see what was on offer. The market is held once a week down in Shipyards Park.

Who needs data? Part two.

Last week, Nordicity reported that certain ministers in Canada's Conservative government had developed such acute instincts that they no longer require statistics, data, or indeed facts of any kind on which to base public policy.

With instincts like these, who needs data?

Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl came to Whitehorse last week to deliver a message: the government can function just fine without the information from the mandatory long-form census.

canadas defence budget the skys the limit

The Canadian government has committed itself to spend an estimated $16 billion on 65 new state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets, to be purchased from the American arms giant, Lockheed Martin. Picture $16 billion.

On the bus: the Opposition that isn’t

This week, the Liberal Party of Canada launched its summer campaign bus in a teeming downpour, with leader Michael Ignatieff gamely joking the rain was a Conservative ploy.

The G8 protests: not enough arrests

I have never, personally, torched a police car.

getting tough on crime welcome to the hamster wheel

Soon after his election in 1981, former US president Ronald Reagan declared his War on Drugs.

a merging of parties the dangerous game

'If it's doable, let's do it." So says former Canadian prime minister Old Bareknuckles Jean Chretien. He was speaking, of course, about the much-ballyhooed possibility of a merger between the Liberal Party and its left-wing nemesis, the NDP.

oliphant inquiry 225000 accounted for 19.75 million still to go

Now that the $14-million Oliphant Inquiry has done its job, Canada has official confirmation of what was obvious all along.

it cant happen here

Earlier this month, Stephen Harper told the House of Commons that a "horrific" oil spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico couldn't happen in Canada, because our strong environmental regulations would prevent it.

Canada’s phantom bailout and the Pinocchio Effect

This week, senior Canadian cabinet ministers fanned out across the globe to argue against the idea of a global tax on banking.

War for oil, and oil for war

As a giant black slick from a crippled British Petroleum oil rig makes its way across the Gulf of Mexico toward the sensitive coastline of the Southern US, C130 Blackhawk helicopters rush to combat the blight by dumping chemical dispersants on the oil.

Hate politicians? Try generals

Only 54 per cent of Canadians voted in the 2008 federal election. According to a report published by the Conference Board of Canada, this places us 16th in a group of 17 "peer" countries.

detainee transfers no fuss no muss

"Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

Re open the abortion debate? Not in a minority house

On February 15, 2007, two men beat 24-year-old Roxanne Fernando to death with a wrench. The Winnipeg woman was pregnant with the child of Nathaniel Plourde, one of the killers.

Looking through you the church, the Beatles, and ‘petty gossip’

This week, the Pope forgave the Beatles.

How heroic is that?

The US military has confirmed the authenticity of video footage in which an American helicopter crew slaughters a dozen Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists carrying camera equipment.