Opinion Column

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Public deserves more than police technicalities

When a police officer is accused of killing a guy in the course of arresting him, seeing authority figures plead for understanding over their self-interested application of technicalities does not inspire faith.

Northern Irish politician Martin McGuinness stands outside the Republican Information Centre in Londonderry, 23th September 1985. An alleged IRA leader, he became deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in 2007. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

IRA violence may not die with McGuinness

Martin McGuinness, who began as a terrorist and ended up as deputy first minister in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, died peacefully in hospital on Monday aged 66. His career spanned almost five decades in that troubled place -- and by resigning from the power-sharing government in January, he began a new and possibly final act in that

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West is losing ideas war

Canadians -- to whom all this talk in America and Europe about Russian-inspired fake news seems a rather paranoid fantasy that has nothing to do with us -- are about to get a rude awakening.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of US President Donald Trump, during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trudeau, Ivanka enable madness of populism

You, a rational person, have no affection for the Aryan-race obsessives, the paranoiacs and the enmity addicts making the entire tradition of Western democracy seem an excellent candidate for confinement in those institutions originating in the bucolic regions of early 19th- century England. But your censure is wasted on madmen.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session about veterans affairs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

If only life really imitated The West Wing

It's speculated the master showman just might surprise everyone by attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. The last president to skip the event was Reagan, and he'd just been shot.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks and gestures at a town hall meeting held at the University of Calgary campus in Calgary on January 24, 2017. The town hall was held during a party retreat in Calgary over the past two days. (Jim Wells/Postmedia Network)

If 'Canada is back', let's start doing things

"Canada is back, my friends," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau famously declared at the Paris climate summit in November 2015, just weeks after having routed Stephen Harper's Conservatives. "We're here to help."

Photo courtesy of Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village Harry Cameron, seen here in the uniform of the Saskatoon Crescents for which played and coached, recorded the first "Gordie Howe" hat trick in 1920. He won three Stanley Cups and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.

"A fine skater with a terrific shot"

“He was a fine skater with a terrific shot,” Bill Higginson once wrote. “Harry became one of the finest rushing defencemen in the old National Hockey Association.

Photo courtesy of Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village Hughie "Old Eagle Eyes" Lehman was the first-ever goalie of the Chicago Blackhawks. He completed his NHL career as Chicago's coach and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.

“That fellow Lehman has stopped everything"

“If this is an age of hero worship in athletics write the name Hugh Lehman, the 'eagle eye' of the fastest sport in the world, high up on the small boys shrine,” so wrote the Regina Morning Leader. “Clean, purposeful, active and bettle-browed in action, no man has ever taken liberties with Lehman's citadel and escaped scathless.”