Opinion

  • Nelson: Little chance of big things happening In Canada
    “Big things can get done in Canada,” is what our prime minister told business leaders from all parts of the Americas gathered in Lima, Peru, last week. The good news is that Justin Trudeau delivered the line dressed in a dapper business suit and not in some outlandish garb suitable… ... more
    CH -Opinion39 mins ago
  • Your letters for Thursday, April 19
    Calgary should double down on Games Re: “Potential Games bid alive but many moguls ahead,” April 17. Let’s surprise the world and ask for two Olympics — 2026 and 2030.   Why? The capital costs will be covered by the 2026 budget and we will be fiscally well positioned for… ... more
    CH -Opinion39 mins ago
  • Xu: Cuddly pandas symbolize something bigger
    By Lu Xu This year, spring weather arrives a little bit later than usual. However, the five-year, long-awaited panda family of four moved into their cosily decorated new home in Calgary as scheduled. In fact, this is the second time that the Chinese national treasures have been in Calgary, reviving… ... more
    CH -Opinion40 mins ago
  • Your letters: Mangoes sold in most grocery stores are unsuit...
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    TheStar -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Your letters: Superman rescued woman trapped on the QEW
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    TheStar -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Your letters: Starbucks manager’s request seems reaso...
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  • Your letters: Caring teacher deserves an apology
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    TheStar -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Your letters: Pot is already sold in most schools
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    TheStar -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Your letters: Precarious work at York U sets bad example for...
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    TheStar -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Comment: When the white privilege debate collides with hate ...
    A bold debate called white privilege is growing day by day at Canadian universities. It is also showing up in neighbourhood schools. It is sometimes a fierce topic and, more than occasionally, white privilege speeches have not been moderate. For example in March 2018, Trent University hosted a speech event… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Nationals work overtime again to extend series
    Not so fast, Listowel. The London Nationals weren’t about to let their third straight crack at a Sutherland Cup title end this early — and in their own building again. Rookie forward Cohen Kiteley pounced on a tough-luck Cyclones turnover and wired it over goalie Max Wright’s shoulder 5:53 into… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion6 hours ago
  • Vaughn Palmer: Wrathful Weaver blows cool, and promises to b...
    VICTORIA — The B.C. legislature was getting down to business one afternoon this week when there was a sudden, violent eruption from Andrew Weaver of the Greens. “I rise with a great deal of dismay,â€� he began, then delivered chapter and verse for a full hour, with stops along the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion8 hours ago
  • Gas tax, fare-box revenue could cover BRT operating costs: C...
    Already shouldering one-third of the cost to build it, the Ontario government could effectively be paying to operate London’s proposed bus rapid transit system by the time it’s fully running in 2028. Just-released city hall documents peg the cost of operating the 24-kilometre network of high-frequency buses at close to… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion8 hours ago
  • Graham Thomson: Good news for Rachel Notley on Trans Mountai...
    For Alberta’s NDP government, it must have been nice while it lasted. For a few hours Wednesday, the government was basking in a bit of good news. According to a new public opinion poll, Premier Rachel Notley has come out on top in the fight over the expansion plans for… ... more
    EdmontonJournal -Opinion8 hours ago
  • Varcoe: After a tumultuous two-week national debate, support...
    Albertans who want to see the Trans Mountain pipeline built can take away some positive news from a new poll Wednesday, but they should also heed a warning. Shutting off the oil taps to British Columbia could backfire. Public opinion in Canada — even in B.C. — has moved into… ... more
    CH -Opinion8 hours ago
  • Opinion: Finding Middle Ground On Kinder Morgan
    There are passionate arguments and positions held by both sides in the Kinder Morgan debate. Proponents point to constraints on pipeline capacity that force Alberta producers to ship by higher cost and arguably higher risk rail transport, reducing the value and limiting the amount of crude oil production in the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion9 hours ago
  • Opinion: Finding Middle Ground On Kinder Morgan
    There are passionate arguments and positions held by both sides in the Kinder Morgan debate. Proponents point to constraints on pipeline capacity that force Alberta producers to ship by higher cost and arguably higher risk rail transport, reducing the value and limiting the amount of crude oil production in the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion9 hours ago
  • Opinion: Finding Middle Ground On Kinder Morgan
    There are passionate arguments and positions held by both sides in the Kinder Morgan debate. Proponents point to constraints on pipeline capacity that force Alberta producers to ship by higher cost and arguably higher risk rail transport, reducing the value and limiting the amount of crude oil production in the… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion9 hours ago
  • Got 2 Go: April 19
    Events this week in London and area: Music BRASSROOTS CONCERT: The Trumpet, solos and brass favourites, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at St. James Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin St., 519-432-1915. CHORAL MUSIC: Hosted by the Lyra Choir, guest choirs include the Cantorion Choir, South Huron Community Choir, Teutonia Choir Stratford and… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion9 hours ago
  • Martin Regg Cohn: How the Trump-Clinton campaign became a Fo...
    The Progressive Conservative leader played his Trump card against the premier this week, and the ugliness looks unstoppable, writes Martin Regg Cohn. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion9 hours ago
  • Go Clubbing: April 19
    What’s happening this week in London clubs: 765 OLD EAST BAR AND GRILL: Karaoke, Thursday to Sunday and Wednesday, 9 p.m.; What A Drag Disco Divas 2nd Annual MS Fundraiser Show, Friday, 9 p.m., $5, $12 with dinner.; Blues Open Jam Matinee with the Robbie Antone Band, Saturday, 4 p.m.,… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion9 hours ago
  • Emm Gryner is following her heart
    Emm Gryner will travel to the hometown of the late guitarist Greg Lowe in early May for shows marking the release of her new album. Lowe, a Winnipeg-based jazz guitarist, played on Days of Games, the first musical chapter in a trilogy by the Sarnia-born singer-songwriter, but he had been… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion10 hours ago
  • Edward Keenan: Did Randy Hillier not see the wire for the tr...
    So much of modern Conservative populism is packed into tweet from PC MPP it’s virtually a manifesto, Edward Keenan writes. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion10 hours ago
  • Spectra Premium to sponsor APC Series Delaware event
    Spectra Premium has signed on as the official sponsor for the APC United Late Model Series tour stop at Delaware Speedway on June 29. The Boucherville, Que., manufacturer, which employs over 1,500 people across North America, will also be the official temperature control provider for the four-year-old racing league. Delaware… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion10 hours ago
  • Emma Teitel: How millennials got stuck in a game of chicken ...
    A survey finds almost 40 per cent of young people in the U.K. don’t like handling raw meat — but it’s not the “snowflake� mentality that hatched this trend, writes Emma Teitel. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion11 hours ago
  • Depth key for Bolts, Edge
    Game 1 is over, with the London Lighting defeating the St. John’s Edge in double overtime. The question is how much impact Game 1 will have on Thursday’s Game 2 of their best-of-seven National Basketball League of Canada Central Division final. The Lightning won a game that will never be… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion11 hours ago
  • Double homicide suspect makes brief court appearance
    A Wingham man charged with the deaths of a man and woman last month made a brief court appearance in Goderich Wednesday. Kevin Carter, 56, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count each of sexual assault with a weapon, namely a rifle, and forcible confinement. A court-ordered… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Allison Hanes: Yellow squares push admirable cause, betray t...
    Let me start by applauding the efforts of high school students across Quebec to push back against dress codes that are overtly sexist, paternalistic and tend to hypersexualize the female body. Having endured wearing a school uniform (that was intended to be modest yet was fetishized in popular culture), I… ... more
    MG -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Chantal Hébert: Pipeline debate resonates with politician...
    Poll suggests that Trudeau’s handling of the Trans Mountain feud has yet to become a factor in next year’s federal election, writes Chantal Hébert. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Legalization doesn’t worry medicinal pot seller
    The manager of an Ontario company that helps patients get medical marijuana licences says he’s not worried that pending legalization of recreational pot will take a bite out of his business. As the number of prescription pot patients registered with Health Canada keeps surging â€” there were 269,502 by the end… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Sign-ignoring driver learns pricey lesson
    A driver learned to obey road-closure signs. The hard way. Huron OPP responded to a single-vehicle crash on Airport Line near Dashwood Road on Tuesday around 12:45 a.m. after a driver disobeyed a road-closure sign and struck a fallen tree, police said Wednesday. There were downed power lines in the… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Cashing in on the craft beer boom
    By the May 2-4 weekend a big new London brewery will begin turning out about 10 brands of beer. The new Equals Brewing Co. is a $10-million bet that the swiftly growing market for craft beer is here to stay. Equals will not be brewing its own beer, but making… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Doug Ford’s election promises don’t add up
    Ford’s messaging on his promised “audit� of Liberals’ spending hits a low point in political rhetoric, even for him. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion12 hours ago
  • Dyer: Universal income can fix our broken democracy
    If the model is broken, should you try to fix it, or should you scrap it and get a new one? The political model of Western-style democracy, which grew up alongside and then within a capitalist economic model, is now broken. Exhibit No. 1 is Donald Trump, but there’s lots… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion13 hours ago
  • Canada should lead on aid to Congo
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should use the G7 summit to focus attention on a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Kyle DeGraw of Save the Children. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion13 hours ago
  • Finally, the Royal Ontario Museum wisens up
    ‘Jamming the Crystal onto the north face of the Royal Ontario Museum hasn’t worked well. It took 10 years, but it’s good to see the museum’s leadership start to undo the damage.’ ... more
    TheStar -Opinion13 hours ago
  • Horwath slams Ford’s plan for minimum-wage earners as ...
    NDP Leader Andrea Horwath took a swing at Doug Ford in a trek though London and Sarnia on Wednesday, saying his plan to replace a hike in the minimum wage with a tax cut was a “ripoff.â€� “He hasn’t done the math. It’s clear that people will be better off… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion13 hours ago
  • Kevin Hart brings Irresponsible Tour to Budweiser Gardens
    Riding the wave of his first Grammy nomination, comedian Kevin Hart makes a stop in London. Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour is at Budweiser Gardens Friday. The film and television actor’s 2017 album, Kevin Hart: What Now?, was nominated for best comedy album at this year’s Grammy Awards in January.… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion13 hours ago
  • More reasons to stop the Scarborough subway
    Four decades after the TTC, its riders and Toronto ratepayers got stuck with Bill Davis’s RT white elephant — the Scarborough RT — professional transit planning advice is again ignored in favour of pandering to the Scarborough electorate. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion13 hours ago
  • Ensuring Canadians are helped, not harmed, by big data
    Although we might trust companies to look after individuals out of their corporate best interest, we shouldn’t trust companies to decide what is good for everyone: that’s democracy’s job. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion13 hours ago
  • NASCAR driver Kennington auctions Bronco-logo hood for Humbo...
    NASCAR driver DJ Kennington, with Gaunt Brothers Racing, will donate more than $5,000 after auctioning off the hood of his race car â€” the same one he used at NASCAR’s Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday. The Elgin County native had petitioned for his car to be emblazoned with the logo of the Humboldt… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion13 hours ago
  • Exclusive Redtail’s co-owner gets court OK to fight bu...
    A palatial Elgin County golf club that’s entertained A-list celebrities and royalty is the subject of a legal battle that’s shaping up to be as storied as the ultra-exclusive Redtail Golf Club itself. The years-long spat between Redtail’s founders and sole shareholders, John Drake and Chris Goodwin, is deepening after… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion14 hours ago
  • Bob Hepburn: Canada should quit the obsolete Commonwealth
    The discredited, ineffective Commonwealth should be disbanded, not revered, writes Bob Hepburn. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion14 hours ago
  • Shooting the messengers who are calling attention to inequal...
    Outrage over statements from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and journalist Nora Loreto is troubling. There should, instead, be calls for rectifying the unequal valuation of life. ... more
    TheStar -Opinion14 hours ago
  • Opinion: Social networking is like a new and powerful drug
    William Hogarth’s 1751 print Gin Lane is one of the most famous pieces of 18th-century English art. It depicts the squalor and social chaos that was the result of “The Gin Crazeâ€� of the early 1700s. The picture shows a drunken woman, breasts bared, dropping her baby off a stairwell.… ... more
    MG -Opinion15 hours ago
  • Opinion: Sales tactics for internet, phone, TV require scrut...
    A recent report from the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services reveals that Canadians’ complaints about internet, phone and television service providers companies have increased by 73 per cent. Among Canadians’ biggest complaint was misleading information from telecommunication companies. Such practices, however, do not impact all Canadians evenly. Older adults,… ... more
    MG -Opinion16 hours ago
  • London’s possible casino expansion riles problem gambl...
    A longtime researcher is sounding the alarm over a planned London casino expansion he said will not only harm problem gamblers, but hurt the local economy too. In a letter to city council, Rob Simpson, the former chief executive of the Guelph-based Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, said London needs… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion16 hours ago
  • One arrested, one sought in south London drug bust
    London police have arrested one woman, and are seeking another, after officers seized a shotgun and more than $30,000 in drugs in a raid Tuesday. Police descended on a home on Wilkins Street in the city’s south end and recovered drugs, including 303 grams of powder cocaine, 22 grams of… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion17 hours ago
  • EXCLUSIVE: Police launch fraud probe into shuttered granite ...
    A London granite business that shut its doors, leaving a trail of angry clients seeking the return of their deposits, is under fraud investigation by London police. A week after a Free Press investigation pieced together the story of RGS Granite, a Clarke Road operation that’s closed down and told… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion18 hours ago
  • SEE IT: Video shows downtown bouncer’s KO punch
    A dramatic video shows a bouncer punching a man – and apparently knocking him unconscious – during a scuffle outside a Richmond Row bar earlier this week. London police say there will be no criminal charges in relation to the incident. The eight-second video, a copy of which was obtained… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion19 hours ago
  • Lopsided loss has Nationals on brink of elimination
    It wasn’t long ago that the Listowel Cyclones’ season was a few minutes from ending. Now they’re one win away from clinching a spot in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League final. The Cyclones dismantled the London Nationals 6-1 Tuesday night on home ice in Game 4 of the Sutherland… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion21 hours ago
  • Editorial: Drastic measure for desperate times
    By giving itself the power to restrict the export of oil and gas outside its borders, the Alberta government has already won a small victory of sorts in reminding British Columbia that it remains part of Confederation. Witness the sudden appreciation of the Constitution and the rule of law by… ... more
    EdmontonJournal -Opinion22 hours ago
  • Opinion: Remember who bubble zones are for
    Despite what you may have heard, Bill 9 isn’t about Jason Kenney. It isn’t about the UCP’s refusal to stick around the legislature. It isn’t even about protestors.  How do we know? Because we regularly meet the Albertans that Bill 9: Protecting Choice for Women Accessing Health Care Act is… ... more
    EdmontonJournal -Opinion22 hours ago
  • Wednesday’s letters: New sidewalks built to encourage ...
    Re. “City Hall flooded with complaints about flooding,” April 16 When I read this article it was as if it was talking to me also, as in my neighbourhood we have problems similar to the Westmount people. The new sidewalks are considerably lower than the old ones and below ground level… ... more
    EdmontonJournal -Opinion22 hours ago
  • Douglas Todd: Canadian boys suffer from lack of male teacher...
    B.C. public schools have one of the lowest ratios of male teachers in North America — and the trend is becoming more extreme. As evidence mounts that boys suffer when there are few positive male role models in society and schools, only one of every 10 people entering B.C.’s teaching… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion24 hours ago
  • Allison Hanes: Fear puts feelings before facts in immigratio...
    When Quebecers say they are against immigration, what do they mean? Are they against their tax dollars supporting social programs for newcomers, be they state-sponsored refugees or migrants streaming across borders? Are they against foreign labour supposedly coming here to “steal” their jobs? Are they against diversity, as in the… ... more
    MG -Opinion24 hours ago
  • Your letters for Wednesday, April 18
    Olympic debt would burden our children Re: “Potential Games bid alive but many moguls ahead,” April 17. Councillors made a wrong decision by allowing further exploration of an Olympic bid. For shame in agreeing to spend more of taxpayers’ money. We do not want the debt of hosting the Olympics,… ... more
    CH -Opinion1 day ago
  • Lakritz: Prattle about privilege should be thrown on the pop...
    You can hear a lot of interesting things standing in line at a supermarket checkout. The other day, I overheard one 20-something woman say to another, “I got privilege checked today.â€� Ah yes, privilege checked – that’s when someone tells you that you have no right to comment on a… ... more
    CH -Opinion1 day ago
  • Editorial: ASIRT must release names
    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is making a mistake in not releasing the names of two violent men who recently attacked two Calgary police officers. ASIRT, the watchdog that investigates shootings involving police officers, cites an agreement signed by five provincial agencies that stipulates the names of deceased civilians… ... more
    CH -Opinion1 day ago
  • Uncertain seas for health-care turnaround
    Seven miles. In Canadian/metric terms, that’s 11.27 kilometres. It’s a formidable distance, even if you’re only travelling it in a figurative sense. Which is what Premier Brian Pallister proposed last week, ... ... more
    Winnipegfreepress -Opinion1 day ago
  • Brews News: Breweries mount high-tech search for sustainabil...
    Is there a better pairing than Earth Day and craft beer? Organic beer? Check. Local ingredients? Check. Reduced water use? Check. Spent grain fed to cattle? Check. Some far-sighted breweries take it to the nth degree. Cowbell in Blyth, for example, has done everything from using high-tech methods to cut… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion1 day ago
  • Your letters: Scarborough subway plan must be reassessed
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  • Your letters: Selling Chagall to buy David seems unwise in t...
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  • Your letters: Rotating internships could help medical grads
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  • Your letters: Burn trash to generate power
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    TheStar -Opinion1 day ago
  • Wild win for Bolts
    If the rest of the series is going to be like this there might not be any survivors for the National Basketball League of Canada final. It turned into an NBL classic not because the basketball was textbook, but because it was edge-of-your-seat excitement. The Lightning came up with a… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion1 day ago
  • Vaughn Palmer: Horgan finds enthusiasm for investing in bitu...
    VICTORIA — En route to Ottawa for the weekend pipeline summit, Premier John Horgan reacted to speculation that the federal and Alberta governments could be investing in the Trans Mountain expansion project. “If that’s the case, if they have disposable billions,â€� said Horgan, “I would suggest the better course of… ... more
    Vancouversun -Opinion1 day ago
  • Soo take out Attack in Game 7
    The Soo Greyhounds were backed into a corner by the Owen Sound Attack forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night and they bit back by winning 9-7 on Tuesday night to punch their ticket to the OHL Western Conference final. The Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers start their best-of-seven series on… ... more
    LFPress -Opinion1 day ago
  • David Staples: The 20 worst things (and two great things) ab...
    We’ve had the longest winter in Edmonton’s recorded history — 168 days with below-zero temperatures at some point every day. That streak finally came to an end on the weekend, but Monday’s snow makes me think the only sane response to our cruelest of so-called springs is primal scream therapy.… ... more
    EdmontonJournal -Opinion1 day ago
  • Your letters: Violence is not the path to world peace
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    TheStar -Opinion1 day ago
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