Opinion Column

Al Collins

Black swans

The picture of ponds and waterways idealized with flocks of swans is always the colour scheme of white on blue. Black swans are the rare but true occurrence. They are unpredictable in their arrival, their impact, and their consequence. Their departure is noted, if at all, simply by the lack of, rather than the studied history that now watches for t

Opportunity is knocking

In Pursuit of Brand Status

The insecurity of acne-ridden youth is oddly reflected in generations many years their senior and it’s creating an environment that is eerily akin to the hallways of junior high. It’s not that we are stuck on who’s sporting a shiny new pair of Nike Airs or the latest name brand apparel that signify that they are among the trendy “it” crowd. However

Inclusion is a word now uttered and pronounced as an obligatory profession of faith, an assurance of correctness, a plea that no offence be taken, and a mantra uttered no differently than the prayer wheels of Tibet, turning and turning as though the very volume elicited will reach the magic total that transforms the world into peace and harmony for all.

Exclusion, the new inclusion

Inclusion is a word now uttered and pronounced as an obligatory profession of faith, an assurance of correctness, a plea that no offence be taken, and a mantra uttered no differently than the prayer wheels of Tibet, turning and turning as though the very volume elicited will reach the magic total that transforms the world into peace and harmony for

Well, what else would you call your old collie dog? Submitted by Les Green

Come on! Let’s go for a walk

So come with me for a couple of walks, from days gone by, that I remember so well. What brought the first to mind was the “someday” plan for a north end recreation park development now being considered. Why, that is to be in the very same spot as the little Mill Park of my childhood.THE PARK BY THE MILLYes, on the site of the Centennial Arena compl

Mandatory minimums

Mandatory minimums

Mandatory minimums The tension between the State and the Judiciary may never be better demonstrated than over this issue. As designed, the State writes and codifies laws and regulations. The Judiciary are to implement the State’s positions but with the leeway of interpretation and more broad based considerations regarding the umbrella of constituti

 View from Parliament Hill – Omar Khadr

View from Parliament Hill – Omar Khadr

View from Parliament Hill – Omar Khadr Recently, the Liberal government decided to apologize and compensate Omar Khadr to the tune of $10.5 million. Many constituents have called and emailed my office in the last couple weeks to let me know of their shock and disgust of this decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. My Manitoba colleague James Bez

Does “everybody” know?

Does “everybody” know?

Let’s take a drive down Saskatchewan Ave. We will pull over and talk to the first pedestrian we see and we’re going to ask him or her: What is there to do for fun in this town? Depending on what we learn, maybe we have some follow up questions to ask. Let’s ask about the museum, the Glesby Centre, any of the attractions on Island Park, Delta Beach,

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut, May 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Trump's sharing of intel with Russians a disaster

The president of the United States is very powerful. The so-called leader of the free world has a lot of influence and a great deal of leeway in deciding what to say and do. Donald Trump is exercising this freedom to the max.

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House, on May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump's dysfunction cannot be contained

All the talk of special prosecutors and the like will not bring the man to book. No amount of dysfunction in the White House will make it stop until early 2019 at best, even though a great deal of damage will have been done by then.

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