Penny’s Pen

 

Donald Trump is following Richard Nixon in going to war with the so-called mainstream media. But it’s far from clear that he can win. Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in 'The Post.'  (Niko Tavernise / AP)   The silence was deafening in the small cinema on Sanibel...

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Imagine you have just been elected Prime Minister of Canada. You are the son of a former prime minister. You decide to travel with family and friends to another friend's private island for a Christmas vacation in spite of the fact that you have been elected to Parliament since 2008 and would know that generally, gifts...

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This moment of transition provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the joys and pressures of the position, Penny Collenette writes. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada. A look at her application for the position, which is online, reveals her stellar...

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In an increasingly complex world, conflicts of interest will only multiply. Parliament must take steps to ensure that we are ready for the test, and not blind to it. She’s an Order of Canada recipient and the independent Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, an appointment made in consultation with all...

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Some argue that the expansion of industry responsibility for human rights is disastrous to the business model, but most players realize profits at the expense of corrupt behaviour, environmental degradation or in violation of human rights are no longer tolerable. The Fenix nickel...

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Trudeau and Singh are relentless optimists — and Scheer may need to sing from the same song sheet or be left behind — but strong leadership is required to deal with the dark clouds on the political landscape. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh arrives to his first caucus meeting since...

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Honouring the memories of MPs who die while still in office can give their legacies more influence and stamina.     Members of Parliament who passed away during the 42nd session of Parliament: (from left) Jim Hillyer, Mauril Belanger and Arnold Chan. "Of the 4,419 MPs elected to...

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Facts will be uncovered by ongoing investigations but the motives behind a web of broken trust at the White House must not remain murky. Legislators need to uncover any links that may put the United States at risk. Supporters of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold signs during a campaign...

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Past evidence and modern values make it wrong to assume that a mental health condition makes someone unfit for public office. Senator Michael Kirby talks with the Star's editorial board about mental health in 2005. In 2006, a groundbreaking report, "Out of the Shadows," by Kirby sparked the establishment of the...

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Last week, the inquisitions of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Senator Don Meredith followed to different processes. The open one is clearly superior. Senator Don Meredith, left and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan are shown in March 2017 file photos.  (Canadian Press photos)   Like two majestic...

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