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Sense, sensibility and sex-ed in the Ontario PC leadership race

Feb 14 2018 — Michael Coren — I suppose it was inevitable. In the race to become the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, we should have realized that no subject would be off-limits if it looked like a vote-winner. In that spirit Doug Ford told a crowd of supporters that, “Sex-ed curriculum should be about facts, not teaching Liberal […]

Granic Allen can run to lead OPC, but she won’t win

Feb 10 2018 — Michael Coren — And then there were four. Socially conservative activist Tanya Granic Allen announced on Thursday that she intends to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. The President of PAFE (Parents as First Educators) also acknowledged that she first has to find 100 party members to sign her nomination papers, and raise […]

Why Tim Hortons doesn’t deserve your sympathy

Jan 5 2018 — Michael Coren — ​Around a dozen Tim Hortons outlets across Ontario have told their employees that they will be losing benefits, paid breaks, and various perks, and have demanded that they sign documents accepting the changes. The store in Coburg appeared to lead the charge, which may have gone unnoticed but for the fact that it’s owned by […]

How powerful is the religious right in Canada?

Dec 27 2017 — Michael Coren — It’s always comforting to assume moral superiority. The Greeks did it when they lost dominance over the ancient world to the Romans; the British did the same when Washington replaced London as the centre of power. Canada has this, too. We travel, and Americans don’t, we like to say; they are insular, we’re not; we […]

Here comes another bogus moral panic over abortion

Dec 19 2017 — Michael Coren — The federal government has announced that it is reforming the regulations through which employers hire students for the Canada Summer Jobs program. It’s an effort to prevent government financial support from going to groups that oppose abortion rights and LGBTQ2 equality, and it comes after reports that various hardline anti-abortion groups have long been beneficiaries […]

The academic sky is not falling and free speech is far from dead

Nov 28 2017 — Michael Coren — I find myself in rather an unusual position. I’m a busy journalist — published regularly in most of Canada’s leading newspapers and magazines, a weekly panelist on television and radio, an author with Random House — but for 18 months I have been back at university, pursuing a master’s degree at Trinity College, University of […]

Payette was rude — but that didn’t make her wrong

Nov 6 2017 — Michael Coren — I waited a few days before commenting on Governor General Julie Payette’s comments about what she regarded as the fatuity of astrology, climate change denial and “divine intervention” when it comes to science. But that’s me I suppose — typical Capricorn! The real reason I waited, actually, is that I wanted to see whether Payette […]

A Christmas tempest in a coffee cup

Nov 3 2017 — Michael Coren — Starbucks has unveiled its new seasonal cup and this time it comes with the message “Give Good.” Customers are encouraged to colour in the cardboard container and even draw some pictures on it. Oh, what fun. The banality of the slogan aside, it is what it is. A coffee cup. But just as last year […]

Ontario’s ‘bubble zone’ abortion protest law was long overdue

Oct 26 2017 — Michael Coren — This week, the government of Ontario passed a law banning protests outside abortion clinics. The law creates picket-free ‘bubble’ zones of between 50 and 150 metres around abortion facilities; inside those zones, no one can stage an anti-abortion protest, advise a woman not to get an abortion, or intimidate or interfere with people passing in […]

What does it mean to be anti-abortion in modern Canada? Coren

Oct 10 2017 — Michael Coren — Poor Rachael Harder. Denied the position of chair of the House Status of Women committee last Tuesday by those nasty and intolerant Liberals and New Democrats. And just because she is opposed to abortion. If they had genuinely believed in feminism and equality they would have welcomed this young woman to such a position.

The paranoid politics of national anthems

Sep 25 2017 — Michael Coren — Back in the early 1970s, the Irish national soccer team was of pretty poor quality. Sport is often political in Ireland and soccer was seen by some nationalists as a British import. As a result, players from outside the country with tenuous Irish connections were being sought out. One was Terry Mancini. He was never […]

The Rising Political Influence of the Catholic Right

Sep 6 2017 — Michael Coren — How religious zealots are gaining traction among Canada’s new era of conservatives. nybody who keeps an eye on Roman Catholic politics would not have been at all surprised by a recent article in La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal published in Rome which carries the Holy See’s stamp of approval. What appears in its pages, […]