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Did “news” comedians divide America?

In the past 15 years American politics has become more polarized than ever, and a case could be made that lately, two popular television shows have helped shape these circumstances. Why ...
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Dispatches from the Ford Nation Underground: Sex Ed Edition

By Neil Flagg On Feb. 23, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne released her new Sex Ed curriculum, to be implemented in all of Ontario’s primary and middle schools in the Fall of 2015. Some ...
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Do not launch words of mass destruction

I’ll say it with certainty: if given the choice between smacked hard in the head with a baseball bat, or a personal detail of mine being revealed to many people, I’d choose to have ...
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Dispatches From the Ford Nation Underworld

Three months on from the 2014 Toronto Municipal Election, and things are smoldering down here in the Ford Nation underworld – the Land of the Political Dead, where we’ve been ...
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Israeli Elections set to provide headaches for Left and Right

In Israeli politics, there is one magic number: 61 That number represents the amount of elected members that are required at a minimum to form a government. Under Israel’s proportional ...
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Boo-etiquette: when is it rude to boo?

When is it OK to boo a public official, and when is it downright rude? Lately, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio was booed by officers at a police graduation ceremony. According to Time ...
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BBC journo flubs ‘apology’ for Paris rally remarks

Yes, as Elton John once sang, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word. Two studies have come out lately explaining why people hold back an apology, and how apologies can heal rifts. And ...
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A lying leader + lazy media = very bad news

Two great winter reads make a near perfect one-two punch for those interested in the current state of American politics and media: “You Lie!” by independent journalist Jack Cashill, ...
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Selfie-lanthropy: is it ok to self-promote when you give?

For as long as charitable giving has been around, there have always been voices for keeping acts of charity private. After all, private giving is intimate and pure. Nobody knows about ...
Alice’s very existence, paid as it was, said “this is work”.

The world needs less Cosby, and more Alice

As recent media coverage of Bill Cosby approaches the near saturation point, my mind keeps drifting back to this article I published in the Toronto Star almost 30 years ago (see below). ...
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