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Senator Don Meredith’s conduct is nothing but shameful

Mar 19 2017 — Rosie DiManno — There is the power of position, prestige, influence, manifest manhood. There is the power of an adolescent girl’s sexual allure. Both Don Meredith, the senator, and Ms. M., the teenager, came to their clearly “inappropriate” liaison with weapons. And they wielded them. Ms. M.: The erotica of explicit online photos, pungent texts and Skype foreplay, […]

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Can Sarah Palin see Ottawa from her house?

Feb 12 2017 — Rosie DiManno — I’d venture that 99.99 per cent of adult Canadians wouldn’t recognize the name Bruce Heyman. He was the U.S. ambassador to this country, a Barack Obama appointee who resigned his position following U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Traditionally ambassadors pink-slip themselves at the start of a new administration, though Trump took the unusual step of […]

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Kevin O’Leary’s debate debut was less than stellar

Feb 5 2017 — Rosie DiManno — As a non-viewer of reality TV, his small-screen fame hadn’t registered on my radar at all. If ever I saw Shark Tank in television listings, I assumed it was some kind of nature programming. Dragons’ Den was equally an unknown entity. Now, after a crash course via media archives, I have been enlightened. O’Leary is […]

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Road show a smart move for chummy Justin Trudeau

Jan 17 2017 — Rosie DiManno — Dartmouth instead of Davos. A hockey rink in Nova Scotia rather than a resort in the Swiss Alps. Reconnecting with ordinary Canadians swapped in for the World Economic Forum annual tall forehead yakapalooza. That’s how much Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, globe-trotter extraordinaire, is committed to rotating the tires on a public image chassis distinctly dented […]

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Jane Fonda as tone deaf as her selfie-loving target

Jan 12 2017 — Rosie DiManno — With the cameras rolling, Jane Fonda most famously straddled Donald Sutherland in Klute and Jon Voigt in Coming Home. Oh, and a Vietcong enemy aircraft gun targeting American planes. Although that episode wasn’t for the movies, merely for anti-U.S. propaganda purposes. No simulation. For that deplorable bit of Hollywood star egomania — leading with her […]

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Self-pitying Sandra Jansen should man up

Nov 27 2016 — Rosie DiManno — You’re invited to a self-pity party. RSVP on social media. No doubt Alberta NDP novice Sandra Jansen — previously of the Progressive Conservatives until ditching that party for a more comfortable pew with the province’s left-leaning government — was dismayed and hurt by the coarse, misogynistic, even threatening messages she received after crossing the floor […]

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Trump turned election campaign into a scorched-earth rampage

Nov 9 2016 — Rosie DiManno — America is angry, seething with bitterness and bile. America is maddened. America should be ashamed of itself. This is indeed a conspiracy — of racists and reactionaries, white supremacists, misogynists, Islamophobes and xenophobes, isolationists, sexual scavengers, haters. A nation unparalleled in might and brilliance. A nation built on a plinth of freedom and liberty and […]

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Doug Ford book announcement nothing but revenge porn

Sep 14 2016 — Rosie DiManno — Toronto media: You’ve been punked. Lured – ahem, “invited” – to the Ford matriarch’s Etobicoke estate in anticipation of big news only to be sold a book promo. The presentation should have come with a zipper alert: “This is an advertisement.” Not to be mistaken for news. I wouldn’t call it a LIE, how Doug […]

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Women take all of Canada’s 12 medals so far in Rio

Aug 14 2016 — Rosie DiManno — Goddesses, wreathed in gold and silver and bronze. A panoply of lady Olympians who’ve brought Canada all 12 of the medals won in the first week of the Summer Games. XII medallions for the XX chromosome side. Grrrrl power in the pool, the rowing boat basin, the synchronized diving platform, the velodrome, the rugby sevens […]

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Nannies trip up Trudeau, in rare early stumble

May 31 2016 — Rosie DiManno — If the Trudeaus welcome a bouncing new addition to their lovely family next February, then Canada’s prime minister will at least have something to show for his G7 mission to Japan last week. As has been over-documented, Justin and Sophie Gregoire took a snog-shack step-out from formalities to celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary. The traditional […]

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Ghomeshi wins, and might yet get a second act

May 12 2016 — Rosie DiManno — No blame. No admission. No plea. And, really, no explanation for any of it. Worked out just dandy for Jian Ghomeshi, who left court on Wednesday with no strings attached, but for a one-year peace bond and $500 surety. Kathryn Borel got a formal apology and, on the courthouse steps afterwards, an informal — mock […]

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Feds’ objective for marijuana legislation is hazy

Apr 20 2016 — Rosie DiManno — The reek assaulted the nostrils from a block away. Deep inside the Weed Wednesday — formally 420 Toronto — demonstration at Yonge-Dundas Square, averting a contact high was challenging. Not so bad as that time the Star sent me to Amsterdam, on the paper’s expense account, to investigate legal pot use and it took two […]

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Ignoring the elephant in the warroom

Jan 22 2016 — Rosie DiManno — An elephant walks into a bar. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sipping his Cosmo, says: “Hey look, it’s a camel.” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, lifting a draft ale to his lips, dares to demur: “Uh-uh, it’s a bear.’’ The diplomat perched down-bar pipes up quite undiplomatically: “No gorillas allowed in here.’’ And the Star editorial writer, […]

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Trudeau should stand down on military election pledge

Jan 18 2016 — Rosie DiManno — In Libya, air strikes under a Canadian general’s command chased Muammar Gaddafi’s tanks from the gates of besieged Misrata, preventing an all-out massacre of civilians. In Afghanistan, intense aerial bombing by American B-52s pounded Taliban fighter formations in the desert, ultimately allowing National Alliance militias to advance southwards and take Kabul. In Iraq, “shock and […]