David Gilmour should be allowed to be an idiot

David Gilmour is a broadcaster and writer who teaches a few lit courses at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.  He’s embroiled in a controversy because of statements he made about how he chooses the books for his courses. Specifically: Usually at the beginning of the semester a hand shoots up and someone asks why […]


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10 Completely Consistent Statements about Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships have been in the news a lot lately.  Are they legal?  Are they ethical?  Most pundits/columnists shuffle around the same few facts and then conclude something based on their own political leanings or personal experiences. Something to keep in mind, when reading these articles, is that the following statements are all completely consistent, […]

The Munk Debates are a parody of intellectual inquiry

Toronto hosts the Munk Debates a few times a year.  People buy tickets to see important people debate important topics.  Past debates have included big names like Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, and Paul Krugman. These debates have been criticized for excluding women – in fact, many of the debates have featured panels of exclusively men.  […]



Ezra Levant is a “Debater”

Forget Freemasons, Debaters are the mysterious society you should know about. Sun News Network host Ezra Levant has been in the news this week for his well-publicized fight with Naheed Nenshi.  Levant has a talent for getting under people’s skin, but you shouldn’t let him bother you.  Why? Everyone knows about debate tournaments from television […]

Margaret Wente Column-Generator

Step 1: Pick one of five topics you’ve written to death about: Schools don’t do a good job teaching [e.g. math, math, boys vs girls, boys vs girls, boys vs girls, boys vs girls and math...] Drugs are bad [e.g. pot, pot, pot, pot, pot, pot...] Trying to solve climate change is pointless and/or it’s not a real problem […]


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Editing Barbara Kay’s “Dancing the diversity polka”

Barbara Kay is a columnist with the National Post and sometimes she writes crazy things.  When a piece is called “Dancing the diversity polka”, you know it’s going to be good.  Here’s the text of her article, with some helpful comments in bold.   “Of all Canada’s political party leaders, Pauline Marois may well be […]

Andrew Coyne doesn’t understand income inequality

Andrew Coyne’s recent piece for the National Post purports to tackle the “myth of income inequality” in Canada.  Incidentally, Mr. Coyne doesn’t know how to read a graph. Notwithstanding how easy it is to slice & dice statistical data to try and make/obscure a particular point, let’s look at the graphs from Coyne’s own article […]

From the National Post - http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/09/02/the-myth-of-income-inequality/


Is ‘two-tiered tuition’ the answer to rising legal education costs?

A legal education in Ontario is becoming quite expensive.  Is this bad or benign?  If it’s bad, is there a creative way to solve the problem? Ontario faces significant fiscal challenges, and public funding for law schools has been stagnant for a while.  Instead of giving law schools more money, the provincial government has given […]

Editing “Will atheism be held to account like other creeds?”

Licia Corbella writes opinion pieces for the Calgary Herald.  I’ve gone through her latest column, identifying the problems with her thinking.  Under each quote, I’ve listed her dubious assumptions and blatant logical errors.   Well, hallelujah, praise the Lord! At long last, atheism is being declared a creed and is endowed with the same religious […]