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Chris Selley: Avoiding the West Edmonton Mall is a surrender without a shot fired

In some respects, schools in Regina, Saskatoon and Lethbridge, Alta. have made their students more safe by declining to send them to an upcoming cheerleading competition at West Edmonton Mall. Let no one say otherwise. Assuming they don’t go anywhere... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: In B.C., thousands of people in line for hip surgery are in wait-list limbo

It offends some Canadians that there is a lawsuit afoot in British Columbia seeking to establish patients’ rights to seek health care outside the provincial government system. These critics say that the constitutional challenge — which is being waged by a private... Read More

George F. Will: Can the U.S. beat ISIS in a Twitter war?

“We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force.” — U.S. vice president Joe Biden at the Countering Violent... Read More

Full Pundit: It’s a terrifying world after all

Objection! Richard Martineau returns from a theme park vacation in Florida appalled that there were even more people wearing niqabs than there were morbidly obese people riding mobility scooters. And he’s even more appalled that his delusional fellow theme park... Read More

Kelly McParland: Canadians don’t want to hear about debt, they’re too busy spending

A clear disconnect has developed across Canada between what economists are saying and what Canadians are hearing. Economists have the emergency alarms blaring: “Warning, warning, danger ahead. Be on the alert, good times coming to an end!” Canadians are hearing:... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Via Rail terror plot suspect gives bizarre ‘closing address’ for jury

One of two men accused of terrorism in the Via passenger train plot has urged the jurors to “retreat from the charge” before them as a first step of their “sincere repentance to God, your True Lord.” Chiheb Esseghaier, who... Read More

Andrew Coyne: No need for Tories’ ‘Throw Away the Key Act’

On past form, the Conservatives’ latest piece of tough-on-crime legislation will come with some sort of folksy name attached, of a kind suitable for use in Tory ad campaigns. The Life Means Life Act, perhaps? The Throw Away the Key... Read More

John Ivison: Conservatives making first steps to repair damaged relationship with veterans

Disabled veterans like Paul Franklin, the retired master corporal and double amputee who says he was forced to prove to Veterans Affairs that his limbs hadn’t grown back, will no longer have to fill in their own paperwork under a... Read More

Kelly McParland: Lane hog laws run up against the blight of block-headed drivers

There is every reason to praise British Columbia’s Transport Minister Todd Stone, who announced plans Monday to act against one of the universal blights of the road: left-lane hogs. Mr. Stone said he will introduce legislation soon giving police more... Read More

Kelly McParland: B.C. issues notice to lane hogs to get outta the way

There is every reason to praise British Columbia’s Transport Minister Todd Stone, who announced plans Monday to act against one of the universal blights of the road: left-lane hogs. Mr. Stone said he will introduce legislation soon giving police more... Read More

John Ivison: Driven MP emerges from obscurity to claim lead in Ontario PC race

Patrick Brown has been on Parliament Hill almost as long as I have. I know most of the Conservative caucus but not Mr. Brown. Admittedly, he doesn’t drink, which explains much. But neither have I had cause to cover a... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Child porn guilty plea caps Ontario scholar’s stunning fall from grace

In the small and cloistered world of education, there may have been no bigger deal than Benjamin Levin — scholar, professor at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, former deputy education minister for both... Read More

Andrew Coyne in defence of TFSAs: It’s a myth that they mostly benefit the rich

So now it’s Tax Free Savings Accounts: yet another Conservative tax promise under fire on the grounds that it “mostly benefits the rich.” Before that it was income-splitting. Before these recent controversies it was RRSPs, and before that the dividend... Read More

Andrew Coyne in defence of TFSAs: It’s a myth that they mostly benefit the rich

So now it’s Tax Free Savings Accounts: yet another Conservative tax promise under fire on the grounds that it “mostly benefits the rich.” Before that it was income-splitting. Before these recent controversies it was RRSPs, and before that the dividend... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Toronto rapper accused of four murders flushed out by police wiretaps and press conference

The wiretaps thus far played for the jury in the Mark Moore multiple homicide trial may shed some light on Mr. Moore’s reaction to a Toronto Police “stimulation” plan to flush him out of the weeds, and even more on... Read More

John Ivison: Increasingly, Parliament simply does not have the information to properly scrutinize public spending

The Magna Carta will visit Canada this year as part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the charter that provided the foundation for individual freedom against arbitrary despotism. Parliaments have used the Great Charter as a guide for their role... Read More

John Ivison: Increasingly, Parliament simply does not have the information to properly scrutinize public spending

The Magna Carta will visit Canada this year as part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the charter that provided the foundation for individual freedom against arbitrary despotism. Parliaments have used the Great Charter as a guide for their role... Read More

Kelly McParland: Nemtsov’s murder is the logical result of Putin’s disregard for life or laws

It’s possible that Vladimir Putin didn’t order the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a political opponent and one of his most prominent critics. Even for a leader as proudly thuggish as Mr. Putin, it would be quite a step to have... Read More

Conrad Black: Alarm bells must ring in response to the government’s new anti-terror bill

Bill C-51, the federal government’s Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, is the principal official response to the increasing threat of terrorism, a phenomenon that infamously prorupted into the central block of Parliament on Oct. 22, after the murder of a soldier ceremonially guarding... Read More

Andrew Coyne: The problem with so-cons: Why can’t they just be more like pundits?

The problem with social conservatives, leading pundits agree, is that they are socially conservative. If only they would see the folly in this, and be something else — something, that is, other than what they are. Or at any rate,... Read More