Stephen Harper with definitions of "arrogant" and "autocrat"

Shattering Stephen Harper’s Legacy

By Claudio D’Andrea At a slim 124 pages, Mel Hurtig doesn’t leave himself much track to bulldoze the Conservative prime minister’s record in his latest book, The Arrogant Autocrat: Stephen Harper's … [Read More...]

The farming brothers standing in a cornfield

All singing, all blogging, all farming

By Jim Henshaw For a long time (and for all I know it’s still there) –- there was a lop-sided sign just off the highway as you headed north and left the urban comforts of Toronto for the … [Read More...]

Celebrants in front of Supreme Court

Gay allies: Are you really on side?

By Dave Brindle We're in the middle of Pride season. The biggest of the top 10 festivals – Toronto, New York and San Francisco – are over now, but that leaves Montreal and Vancouver still to come … [Read More...]

Ashley Madison image with National Post logo

Margaret Atwood and The National Post: We’ve been there

In honour of Margaret Atwood's temporary banning by The National Post, and subsequent re-posting in helpfully edited form, we offer backofthebook.ca editor Frank Moher's "On being disappeared by the … [Read More...]

Harper in stetson

Stephen Harper’s phony regionalism

By Frank Moher Benjamin Perrin's testimony on Thursday reminded us that, regardless of what Stephen Harper knew or when, every tendril in the Duffy scandal leads back to the Prime Minister, and his … [Read More...]

Oil warning sign at English Bay

The Video: “The irony is the clean-up contractors are from Kinder Morgan”

From Vancouver spill: About that 2700 litres . . .: "Officials in charge of cleaning up a bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay now say the estimate of what leaked from a grain carrier was a … [Read More...]

Politics

Harper in stetson

Stephen Harper’s phony regionalism

By Frank Moher Benjamin Perrin's testimony on Thursday reminded us that, regardless of what Stephen Harper knew or when, every tendril in the Duffy scandal leads back to the Prime Minister, and his insistence that hapless Mike pretend he lives in P.E.I. When Duffy's Senate appointment was first mooted, it was Harper, not Duffy, who decided his new appointee should don red pigtails and make like Anne of Green Gables. This despite the fact that he hasn't lived in the province since the … [Read More...]

Politics

Katrina carrying election sign

Katrina’s campaign journal: New kid on the doorstep

With a lot of young people taking a special interest in this year's federal election -- or at least we hope they are -- we begin this special series of reports from one recent university grad who decided to get involved at the campaign level. Watch for Katrina's updates over the weeks to come. By Katrina Kairys You may associate the word “election” with checking a box on a ballot and then heading home to watch the results as they are tallied and broadcast across the country, feet up on … [Read More...]

Media

Studio for Maclean's/Rogers leaders debate

Harper’s enablers at Maclean’s

By Frank Moher We've pretty much accepted the fact that, with things like the imaginatively named Fair Elections Act and the early election call, the PM is out to undermine democracy in Canada. We're to the point that, if Harper announced he was calling off the election and had the Governor-General bound and gagged in a back room so he couldn't do anything about it, all in the name of "security," we'd be like: "Oh, that's just Steve being … [Read More...]

Arts and Books

Isis militant wields sledgehammer

ISIS rampages, artists fuss

By Jim Henshaw It wasn't the first time somebody has died on stage. Two of recent theatre’s great comedians, Dick Shawn (The Producers) and Sid James (pick any Carry On . . . movie) both did final pratfalls that convulsed their audiences –- until the realization dawned that they were never getting up again. Genesius, the patron saint of actors, was also murdered on stage by Roman Emperor Diocletian in the third century AD. He’d been doing a show satirizing Christians when –- so the story goes –- he suddenly converted for real in mid-performance and refused to recant as the final scene required. Since he was one of Diocletian’s favorites, the Emperor even gave him a second chance to go back to what was scripted. But he didn’t. Maybe he had truly seen the light. Or maybe he was just one of those actors who has trouble getting out of character and, in the parlance of the profession, “goes home like that." Either way, Genesius also breathed his last on stage. But this was different. A few months ago, the ISIS jihadi-genocide army captured the ancient … [Read More...]

Media

Ashley Madison image with National Post logo

Margaret Atwood and The National Post: We’ve been there

In honour of Margaret Atwood's temporary banning by The National Post, and subsequent re-posting in helpfully edited form, we offer backofthebook.ca editor Frank Moher's "On being disappeared by the National Post," originally published on January 5th, 2010. By Frank Moher I knew when I submitted my last book review to The National Post that it might not be published. What I didn't expect was that the Post would publish it, and then unpublish it. The review was of a book of essays, What the Furies Bring, by Canadian poet Kenneth Sherman. Doesn't sound like hot-button material, you say? Well, Sherman has pegged his book to 9/11, and that, of course, remains combustible -- especially if you are of the opinion that the official explanation for the events of that day remains, er, incomplete. The Post put my review on its website at 7:30 pm on December 18th. Of course, it might have been something less sensitive that caused them to remove it sometime the next day. Sherman's book is mostly about literature, and hence my review was too. Maybe some Mallermé-lover on staff didn't … [Read More...]

Arts and Books

Drummers at mass concert in Cesena, Italy

I get it, Cesena

By Jim Henshaw I’ve come to call the last day of the week “Satur-dusty,” a combination of Saturday and the name of my dog. That’s because after putting up with my chaotic work schedule for a week, I make time for her and we go somewhere to hike or swim or do stuff dogs like […]

Culture

Celebrants in front of Supreme Court

Gay allies: Are you really on side?

By Dave Brindle We’re in the middle of Pride season. The biggest of the top 10 festivals – Toronto, New York and San Francisco – are over now, but that leaves Montreal and Vancouver still to come in Canada, and a host of smaller ones around the world. They’re everywhere these days. Port Alberni, BC, will […]

Living

Vintage photo of men taking selfie

Before the selfie was . . . the selfie

By Jim Henshaw Some social media memes utterly escape me. Taking pictures of your feet or whatever you’re about to eat are part of that list. But topping them is the Selfie. Surprising as it might be to Millennials and their overlapping generations, taking a picture of yourself with your own phone is not something […]

The Video: Vancouver oil spill: “Like, why are we here first?”