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.
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.
After last week’s acquittal of three men charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 in the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, some argued the wrong people were on trial. Certainly, questions remain about rail safety and accountability, but the answers might lie more with organizational culture than poor judgment of a few individuals.
Readers aren’t reluctant to shine a spotlight on issues related to the minimum wage hike in Ontario.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an angry man at the best of times, but on Monday he outdid himself: “This is what we have to say to all our allies: don’t get in between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences.”
Abducted from their homes one by one in the dead of night, more than 40 girls from the village of Kavumu in eastern Congo were raped, mutilated and dumped the next morning, barely alive, in nearby fields between 2013 and 2016. The youngest victim was eight months old.
It was a tale worthy of Aesop himself: the girl in hijab who cried “man with scissors.” The villagers reacted with sympathy and concern. They rushed to her aid, cameras rolling.
Bert enjoys taking his grandkids fishing whenever the weather is good and the fish are biting. He enjoys walking with them down to a bridge by the pond not far from his house, and then teaching them to bait the hook, cast their lines into the water, and wait for something to nibble on the line.
London hair salons should prepare for a run on blue hair dye later this year. September, to be precise.