Opinion Column

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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."

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.

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.

With its iridescent green colouring unique to Lake Winnipeg, a big ‘greenback’ walleye is what anglers will be chasing during March Madness. (Photo Submitted By instagram@burbotbros)

March madness arrives for anglers

What does fishing bring to our local economy? Recreational angling, the sometimes forgotten contributor to economic growth, plays a much larger role than one might think.

This NASA artist's concept illustration obtained February 23, 2017 shows each of the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. (AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-CALTECH)

There's life in deep space

Only 39 light-years away, astronomers have found seven planets circling a very small "red dwarf" star called Trappist-1. All seven are in or near what we call the Goldilocks Zone: not too hot, not too cold, but just right for water to remain liquid on the planet.

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How do we know if infrastructure pays off?

If the federal government is going to shovel $180 billion out the door for infrastructure, it should have a plan for the money more detailed than "Let's shovel $180 billion out the door as fast as we can," the Senate's finance committee says.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) greets Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It's time for Trudeau to show prisoners mercy

You may not have noticed that Pope Francis's Holy Year of Mercy quietly ended just before Christmas. Justin Trudeau's grade for that year was a solid F, while his pal Barack Obama merits a reasonable B. It's detention time for the prime minister.

A mother and child from Turkey are escorted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police after they crossed the U.S.-Canada border into Canada, Feb. 23, 2017 in Hemmingford, Que. In the past month, hundreds of people have crossed Quebec land border crossings in attempts to seek asylum and claim refugee status in Canada. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Asylum debate clouded by hypocrisy, cowardice

An impressive number of Canadians are prepared to exercise great strength by shouting loudly about the threat posed by toddlers and their mothers stumbling across the 49th parallel, even if their shouting exacerbates any existing threat by alienating the very people they wish to keep out and who will inevitably make it in.

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