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West is losing ideas war

Canadians -- to whom all this talk in America and Europe about Russian-inspired fake news seems a rather paranoid fantasy that has nothing to do with us -- are about to get a rude awakening.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks and gestures at a town hall meeting held at the University of Calgary campus in Calgary on January 24, 2017. The town hall was held during a party retreat in Calgary over the past two days. (Jim Wells/Postmedia Network)

If 'Canada is back', let's start doing things

"Canada is back, my friends," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau famously declared at the Paris climate summit in November 2015, just weeks after having routed Stephen Harper's Conservatives. "We're here to help."

The Ottawa Citizen's paper on the biomechanics of how pigs fly was accepted for an OMICS biology conference scheduled for this summer. (MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES)

'Fake' journals rob us of sound science

Long before the term "fake news" barged into the popular lexicon, a niche version of it was quietly infecting the scientific community. It consisted of journals that published fact-bereft mush as legitimate research, assuming few would notice the absence of intellectual rigour or actual evidence.

A grizzly bear on the railway tracks in Banff National Park. (Courtesy Parks Canada/ Robert Walker)

Parks Canada flunks its movie audition

Parks Canada is held in high regard for its ability to protect special natural spaces for future generations. The federal agency has a difficult mandate in ensuring wild areas aren't trampled by too many visitors and commercial intrusion, while at the same time making sure Canadians are aware of the wonders that await them in their backyards.

A mother and child from Turkey wait to be put into a police vehicle by the RCMP after they crossed the U.S.-Canada border into Canada, February 23, 2017 in Hemmingford, Quebec. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Are asylum seekers or politicians pretenders?

We must at least pretend to take Kevin O'Leary seriously when he says, "Canada can't afford to sit back and watch thousands of people walk right into our country without any documentation pretending to be refugees."

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Preservation of water an everyday obligation

Tyler and Alex Mifflin spent summers in the water. Childhood memories of canoe trips and pristine waves contrast heavily with something they heard from adults time and again: "Don't swim in Lake Ontario. It's too polluted."

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Film seeks to rewire thinking on drug abuse

I grew up in an era of magical thinking, when the solution to poverty lay in the mystical machinations of trickle-down economics, and "Just say no" was the strategy for both drug addiction and abstinence-only sex education.

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A test of brave talk

When Angela Merkel threw open Germany's borders to migrants pouring into Europe to escape Mideast chaos, she made both a generous gesture and a serious mistake, from which Canada should learn.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, along with Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, announce cuts to hydro rates on average of 25 per cent during a press conference in Toronto on March 2, 2017. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Grits' hydro bill plan uses worn-out tactic

The Ontario Liberals are using little imagination in their plan to lower electricity bills. To achieve a 17 per cent cut this summer, the government will simply do what it has done for the better part of the past decade -- push the expense down the road while creating additional debt.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud as U.S. President Donald Trump (C) delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. (JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump surprises all by sounding normal

When the newly elected president of the United States arrived to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, no one on God's green earth could predict with any confidence how he would look, sound or act.

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