Monthly Archives: February 2004

A gripping murder mystery about Canada’s military

Two years ago historian Jack Granatstein produced the sort of book that should cap a scholarly career. Canada’s Army was a stunning overview of its subject, comprehensive without being dense. Exactly what you’d want from an engaged scholar. His new … Continue reading

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We’re sidelined by soft power

What ever happened to soft power? Its advocates seem to be flourishing professionally. But what have they to say about the affairs of the day, such as nuclear proliferation or Haiti?
On nuclear proliferation, we all know now that the Americans, … Continue reading

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Now showing in a subsidized theatre near you

In ancient Japan they had a highly ritualized form of theatre called Noh, in which actors in masks enacted standard story lines using stylized dialogue. In the first act an aspiring politician would come on stage in a smiley mask … Continue reading

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The Liberals still don’t get it

If it’s business as usual with the ad sponsorship scandal, it won’t be business as usual. It will be very bad news. For all of us.
A news story in yesterday’s Citizen said the fate of Paul Martin’s government “hinges on … Continue reading

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It’s fine that government protects us from greed

On mornings like this you wake up and say thank goodness government is on the job. Here in Canada it’s a positive pleasure to pay, on average, just 47 per cent of our income in taxes to be protected from … Continue reading

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