Cross Border Surgery

Jonathan McLeod

August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s a sad tale, but one that we should be used to by now. Despite “universal” health care coverage,  a man is forced to choose between his life and his financial well-being. A Fort McMurray man wants the province to pay for brain surgery at an American clinic that he says saved his life. Shane [...]

Because dying for a king is so much better than dying for a Republic

Jonathan McLeod

August 16, 2011 | 8 Comments

Fear not, delicate citizens, the Canadian government is addressing the gravest threat to our liberty and national security. While some may worry about the economy, the national debt, environmental degradation, war or famine, the Conservative government has kept a focused eye on the matter that truly imperils our great nation. They’re adding the word ‘Royal’ back [...]

Turmel, Lebel and La Belle Province: The Bloc and Canadian Unity

Jared Milne

August 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

by Jared Milne While summer is usually a quiet time in Canadian politics, 2011 was an exception with the revelation of interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel’s former membership in the Bloc Québécois. Conservative and many Liberal observers harshly criticized what they viewed as Turmel’s ties to the Québec separatist movement, and questioned just how loyal [...]

A Puff of Smoke

Jonathan McLeod

August 15, 2011 | No Comments

Once again, we have an example of a government trying to control our lives. Elected officials, perhaps not understanding that they are there to serve us, are looking at imposing their preferences on the rest of us, or so it would seem: Citing children’s health and safety, Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais has called for a [...]

Republican voters should take a chance on Congressman Ron Paul……

Tarek Virani

August 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

I am no expert on American politics, I’ll be the first to say so, and I don’t like commenting on things where I may not have the full facts but I am very interested in the upcoming federal election for many reasons and felt unbelievably compelled to write this little piece about Congressman Ron Paul. [...]

Consent, HIV and Information Asymmetries

the Commons

August 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

by Alex Leger Comments are a horrible place to have meaningful discussions, but in today’s world of 140 characters or less, it’s better than nothing. That being said, I need to thank Jonathan and the Commons team for giving me a little more space to deal with the questions surrounding the arrest of the 17-year [...]

What if my mom grows up to be a jerk?

Jonathan McLeod

August 11, 2011 | 9 Comments

This is a wretched, wretched column (though I will give her points for honesty), What if my daughter grows up to be a Republican? After claiming she doesn’t want to indoctrinate her child into the “cult” of her political beliefs (and detailing some of the many protests she took her infant and toddler daughter to), the [...]

I’m going to trademark the colour green

Jonathan McLeod

August 11, 2011 | No Comments

A fitting end to a ludicrous lawsuit: The signature red soles on Christian Louboutin high heels, so famous they inspired a song by Jennifer Lopez and made countless cameos on “Sex and the City,” could one day show up on shoes sold at Payless. A judge declined on Wednesday to grant a preliminary injunction requested [...]

Late Night Links – U.S. Edition

Jonathan McLeod

August 10, 2011 | No Comments

Insomnia? Well, here’s some stuff worthy of your late night web surfing: Freddie de Boer on the London (and other) riots. Tod Kelly on big government conservatives in Oregon. Conor Friedersdorf on the press’s treatment of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Jeff Stier on the (non-)link between cancer and 9/11 dust.

Barack Obama Disappoints… Again

Jonathan McLeod

August 10, 2011 | No Comments

Remember this? Remember how the administration was going to stop discriminating against gay people and recognize* their marriages? Yeah. Not so much: Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his [...]

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