Opinion Editorial

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Report shows money not root of happiness

At first blush, the World Happiness Report, released on Monday, would appear to be a frivolous document, but it's quite important. Its content is not so much about the ranking of nations as how and why they are ranked, and what exactly makes their citizens happy.

More urgency needed on court trial delays

Canada's criminal courts have long been plagued with unreasonable delays -- so much so that, last summer, the Supreme Court of Canada used a case known as R vs. Jordan to set hard limits on how long trials can take.

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.

Waste not, Orillia

If you are an observant person, out for a walk in the neighbourhood on the day the city makes its weekly rounds to pick up the trash and ferry away the recyclables and compost, you would likely be astounded to see how many people refuse to embrace a greener future.

Clarity needed from CRTC

Jacob Kearey-Moreland believes Orillia’s Doug Downey, who is running to become the Progressive Conservative candidate for Simcoe North in the next provincial election, should step away from his on-air role at Rogers TV.

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.

Lightfoot's local roots legendary

Earlier this week, city council agreed to spend $15,000 from the Opera House Reserve Fund to install a bronzed bust of our most famous son, Gordon Lightfoot, outside the iconic building whose stage he has graced many times.

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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.

Waterfront centre spending short-sighted

We've often applauded our current city council for its vision - for its ability to think big and to make, for the most part, progressive decisions they feel are best for the city and its residents. They have, more often than not, chose to move forward - not backward - and have done so without fear of what it might mean when the next election rolls

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.

Vacancies cost city more than just the rebate

The long-shuttered BiWay store at 23 Mississaga St. W., across from the library, is a disheartening symbol representing opportunity lost in our downtown. It is an albatross - a decrepit, decaying old building left to flounder in the middle of one of the most important blocks in our city.

Leitch video an awkward exercise in intolerance

Could Kellie Leitch become Canada's next Prime Minister? Leitch, a doctor who has railed against elites while also boasting she has 22 letters after her name, is the most provocative of the 14 candidates vying to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Out of shells in hydro rate shell game

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne knows if she’s to have any chance of winning next year’s provincial election, she has to do something about Ontario’s outrageously high electricity rates.

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