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Overselling the creative class

Overselling the creative class

In 2002, Richard Florida published his book The Rise of the Creative Class and made a career for himself as an urban theorist, traveling the world lecturing and advising on how struggling, economically challenged cities could revive themselves. His “creative class” – a loose coalition that included artists, tech workers, academics and, interestingly, gay men and women – were rebuilding decimated downtown neighbourhoods and could do the same almost ... (Continue reading)

Somewheres vs anywheres

The recent populist electoral convulsions in the U.S. and Europe has led to a lot of dubious analysis, but one insightful book about what is happening in the west is David Goodhart’s The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (Hurst, $27.50, 278 pages). Goodhart looks at British politics and finds that the division is less about left vs. right or populist vs. elite, but rather those who are connected to a place or group of ... (Continue reading)

More Canadians

More Canadians

There is a new book out by Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders called Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians is Not Enough (Penguin, $27.95). In brief he argues Canada has too much land and too few people. In some ways he is counter-intuitive, saying that more people are necessary for Canada to become an environmental leader. Typically, more population is seen as environmentally damaging, but Saunders argues that the ... (Continue reading)

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The pro-life Left

The pro-life Left

As Donald Trump’s approval ratings appear to slump, the Democrats are hoping to take back the House of Representatives in 2018.  Their strategy, unlike that of Canada’s Liberal Party or New Democratic Party, will not exclude pro-lifers. Though the 2016 Democratic platform called for support for Planned Parenthood, opposition to abortion restrictions both in the United States and around the world, and the repeal of the Hyde Amendment which bans ... (Continue reading)

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Outpouring of support for Wagner ahead of sentencing

Outpouring of support for Wagner ahead of sentencing

Polish Canadian for Life demonstrate in Ottawa in support of Mary Wagner on the day of sentencing in Toronto Sept. 12. In August, Ontario Court Justice Rick Libman found Mary Wagner guilty of mischief and breach of probation stemming from charges for a Dec. 12, 2016 incident at the Bloor ... (Continue reading)

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Amazing response to Mary Wagner

Amazing response to Mary Wagner

More than 34,612 emails and 1,078 letters of support were sent to Ontario Court Justice Rick Libman in support of Mary Wagner.  We excerpt some of the communications below.  For the story about the letters and Wagner's sentences, see 'Outpouring of support for Wagner'  HERE. I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Ms. Mary Wagner to protect the rights of unborn children – to ... (Continue reading)

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Trost files lawsuit against Conservative Party

Trost files lawsuit against Conservative Party

Brad Trost In the Notice for Application to Divisional Court for Judicial Review in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Trost campaign ask for the non-compliance decision to be quashed and compliance fee returned because it was "procedurally flawed" and "deprived Mr. Trost of basic procedural fairness" and a right to internal appeal. It also maintains the Trost campaign did not share the list with a gun rights ... (Continue reading)

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Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

In a summer of box office disappointments, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was an unexpected hit, since nobody thought that an epic film about the evacuation of British troops from Europe in the early days of World War II would be much more than a money-losing Oscar contender, meant to open deep in autumn. This would be the popular image of what was known as the “miracle of Dunkirk,” where the line between soldiers and citizens was erased just before the nation would ... (Continue reading)

Book on American courts misses mark

National Affairs Rory Leishman In a widely acclaimed new book, Sex and the Constitution, Geoffrey R. Stone, former dean of law at the University of Chicago, commends the Supreme Court of the United States for revising the laws and the Constitution to conform with contemporary values. Laurence H. Tribe, professor of law at Harvard University, lauds Sex and the Constitution as a “masterpiece” and a “magisterial font of ... (Continue reading)

Reviving Perspective

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke A pro-lifer I met leading up to the 2015 federal election said to me, “I don’t care if we all live in mud huts so long as abortion is ended.” Now, nobody wants to live in a mud hut. I do not want to live in a mud hut, and, of course, the economy matters. When people do not have proper shelter, nutrition, hydration, ... (Continue reading)

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Fr. Ted scholarship topic announced

Fr. Ted scholarship topic announced

Father Ted Colleton Dan Di Rocco, circulation manager for The Interim and administrator of the annual Fr. Ted Colleton Scholarship, has announced the topic for the 16th iteration of the essay contest presented by Interim Publishing and Niagara Region Right to Life. Niagara Region Right to Life is once  again pleased to offer The  Father Ted Colleton Scholarship essay  contest  as part  of its mandate to reach out  to ... (Continue reading)

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Waiting women

Waiting women

There are the Canadian women whose waiting doesn’t matter. And then there are the Canadian women whose waiting is especially terrible and reported on at regular intervals.The Canadian Press reported on August 15 that a 29-year-old whose birth control failed got the abortion she wanted. Except it wasn’t quite fast enough. She waited too long for her abortion, she says. She waited two months. This was reported in major media outlets across the country. “Abortion access in Nova Scotia ... (Continue reading)

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A day’s work

A day’s work

Throughout North America, a celebration of work marks summer’s unofficial end, turning our minds from holidays to harvests. This year, however, Labour Day comes amid increasing interest in the notion of Universal Basic Income, a scheme whereby funding for social programs would be diverted directly to individual citizens. Those able to live on modest means, in other words, would be entirely freed from the need to work. Thus does ... (Continue reading)

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Wagner found guilty of mischief

Wagner found guilty of mischief

More than 11,000 emails and 200 letters of support for Mary Wagner were sent to Campaign Life Coalition's office. On August 15, Ontario Court of Justice judge Eric N. Libman found Mary Wagner, 43, guilty of mischief and breach of probation. She was convicted on charges arising from her Dec. 12, 2016, arrest at the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, where she had tried to persuade women to ... (Continue reading)

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What is the Benedict option and will it help?

What is the Benedict option  and will it help?

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian World by Rod Dreher (Sentinel, $34, 262 pages) Journalist Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is a rarity: a socially conservative book urging Christians be more faithful that spurred a serious discussion in the mainstream media among pundits about the future of the so-called Religious Right and those who comprise it. David Brooks of the New York Times ... (Continue reading)

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