Opinion Editorial

Off-the-clock freedom

Dan Mulligan, like many Canadians, is in favour of legalizing marijuana. Big deal, right? It is to his employer: the Ontario Provincial Police.

Mayor John Tory at Executive press conference after committee meeting on road tolls and TTC Thursday December 1, 2016. (Craig Robertson/Postmedia Network)

Ontario commuters, the road tolls for thee

The idea to charge a toll for drivers who use two commuter roadways in Toronto is sure to spill over into the rest of the province, especially now that Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has no objections.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a Conference for Toronto elementary school teachers in Toronto, on Friday December 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

Liberals must ensure pipelines are built

The Justin Trudeau government has delivered some good news for Canadians who want a prosperous economy -- the kind that has the money to support programs the public relies on. The approval of two pipeline projects offers hope that Canada can reduce its dependence on the United States as essentially its only oil customer and fetch a better price fro

'Scandal' a diversion tactic

Garfield Dunlop was never a prototypical politician. He often went off-script - if he even had a script. His plain-spoken, everyman, common-sense approach resonated with his neighbours in Coldwater, who first elected him to village council in 1980.

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Righting old wrongs against LGBTQ folks

"There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation," then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau famously declared in 1967 when he introduced legislation to decriminalize homosexuality in Canada.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks following a groundbreaking ceremony for the Centennial College Downsview Aerospace Campus in Toronto on Monday November 21, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Timing of Wynne's apology suspect

Apologies by elected officials have become more common in recent years, but the public can be forgiven for wondering if such exercises are sincere or if they are a calculated strategy to leverage political advantage.

Support local businesses

Somehow, in recent years, the Black Plague has crossed the border and taken root. It started in border cities and seeped inward; large, urban centres soon welcomed the insidious invader and its spread has been quick and prolific.

Grits buying our love with our own money

The federal government, again, is attempting to buy Canadians' adoration with our own money. That there is so little outrage over this says something dismaying about our collective sense of complacency and entitlement.

Adam Picard outside of the Ottawa Courthouse on Tuesday November 15, 2016. Murder charges against Picard were stayed because the case took too long to get to court. (Errol McGihon/Postmedia Network)

Crown must address trial delays now

When proceedings are stayed in criminal trials, nobody gets justice. That's what a judge bluntly admitted last week as she allowed Adam Picard, accused in the June 2012 killing of Fouad Nayel, to walk free from the Ottawa courthouse.

A culture of failure

Almost seven in 10 young people in Orillia don’t expect to live in the Sunshine City once they attain their high-school diplomas or post-secondary school education. “That seems to be an alarmingly high number,” said James Maxwell, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia and District (BBBS), which spearheaded the survey that result

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