Opinion

A rural road in Chatham-Kent is blocked as a turbine blade is transported to its destination in the former Chatham Township, in this file photo from August 2017. The Ontario Liberals have vilified Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford for his remarks about developing the Greenbelt that surrounds the GTA, but why hasn’t Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed the same worry over the rest of Ontario where some of the best farmland in Canada has been pockmarked with wind farms? File photo/Postmedia Network

EDITORIAL: Why is farmland near GTA more sacred?

The Greenbelt that surrounds Toronto and the GTA became part of the election campaign discussion when it was learned that Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford had assured developers that, if elected, a Ford government would allow part of that protected land to be open for development.

Doug Ford (left), leader of the PC Party of Ontario, drops by the PC Party offices in Queen's Park in Toronto on March 12, 2018. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (right) talks to media after appearing as a witness in the Election Act bribery trial in Sudbury Wednesday on Sept. 13, 2017. The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

EDITORIAL: We need sound policy, not sound bites

When Mitchell Hepburn was elected Ontario’s Premier in 1934, among the first things he did was fulfill an election promise – to auction off to the highest bidder the provincial government’s limousines, the big autos that had been used by the previous government and its Cabinet ministers.

Members of the Geography Environment Club and the Social Justice Club at London’s Catholic Central High School collected over 700 water bottles from school blue boxes during a one-month period in 2011. They did so to demonstrate to fellow students just how much plastic is used and how much money is wasted because they have several water fountains throughout the school. The group was selling re-usable water bottles during the period of Lent. Proceeds would help sponsor a well in Africa. File photo/Postmedia Network

EDITORIAL: Difficult to give up plastic

During the recent period of Lent, when some Christians choose to reduce their consumption – whether food, alcohol or something else – we heard some were also attempting to give up their use of plastic … although giving up food for a day or two would probably have been easier.

Jennifer Heil. (File photo)

Despite success, women less active in sport

As we’ve witnessed over the past two weeks, Olympic athletes must manage extraordinary pressure to perform when it matters the most. My experience of skiing — and overcoming that pressure — in multiple Winter Olympics allows me, in my role as a CBC commentator, to express what skiers re going through when they burst onto the course and aim for the

Vic Fedeli. (File photo)

Ontario PCs leave no margin for error

If the Progressive Conservatives were looking for a silk purse out of the sow’s ear delivered with the sexual impropriety charges levelled at Patrick Brown and his abrupt resignation as leader, wisdom would dictate proceeding with a caution rarely exhibited.

Ontario PC party interim leader Vic Fedeli speaks at a press conference after a caucus meeting at Queen's Park in Toronto. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tories flirt with creative self-destruction

Say this for Ontario’s Tories: they know how to dream up creative losing scenarios. Patrick Brown’s sudden departure amid sexual assault and coercion allegations last week made John Tory’s religious schools funding and Tim Hudak’s 100,000 public-sector job cut promises look like minor whoopsy-daisies.

US President Donald Trump meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. President Donald Trump has wished Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle well and says he is not aware of having received an invitation to their royal wedding in May. (AP Photo)

Party time in Davos while the world burns

Against a backdrop of shuddering and implosion in the key institutions of the liberal world order, it wasn’t easy to discern anything encouraging in the 48th annual gathering of the rich, the famous and the powerful at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss village of Davos last week.