Opinion

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“Praying Won’t Help. Doing Will.&...

General Heresy is a column dedicated to investigating, and making public, different faiths and philosophies, as well as religions and related organizations and events. VANCOUVER, BC — The Centre for Inquiry’s new atheist advertising campaign, initially rejected by Pattison Outdoor in Vancouver, has now been launched with CBS Outdoor. The ads replace religious proverbs with... More

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Raise a Glass To Hitch (Accept No Substitutes...

General Heresy is a column dedicated to investigating, and making public, different faiths and philosophies, as well as religions and related organizations and events. Two years ago, December 15th, one of the greatest orators of the twentieth century, and “Arguably” the greatest of this young twenty first century, Christopher Hitchens, passed away. In spite of... More

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Holiday Heresy

General Heresy is a column dedicated to investigating, and making public, different faiths and philosophies, as well as religions and related organizations and events. Holiday Harbinger – vs – Holiday Heckler Just the other day, I found myself in a huddle of cigarette smoke, exhaust, and apathetic, if not vapid, people, waiting for a bus... More

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Scientology in the clear?

General Heresy is a column dedicated to investigating, and making public, different faiths and philosophies, as well as religions and related organizations. In recent years, Scientology has become a rising power in the world of religion, claiming 10 million (and counting) followers, and boasting 8,600 churches, missions, and affiliated groups worldwide, and celebrity members like... More

MEDIA RANT

Letters from J.P. – Dear media

Dear media (cough, THE STAR, cough), Sorry, I just had to clear my throat there after finding my way through all this smoke and mirrors bullshit. Let’s get right to the point here. Why…in God’s name…did you turn Rob Ford into the Justin Bieber of Toronto? Why? Please enlighten me as to what purpose this... More

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Letters from J.P. – KD

Even though many of my friends do not condone the consumption of this deliciously forbidden out of the box delicacy, I have been a die hard consumer of your macaroni and cheese for many years. I’ve been eating Kraft Dinner for 35 years and I’m only 23. I’ve cooked it for my family (there’s only... More

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Inadequate civics curriculum breeds political...

The Senate expense scandal currently unfolding in Ottawa is a potential wake up call for many all too trusting Canadians. But besides those in the media, those involved in politics, and political junkies, who’s really following this? Outside of political observers and those who are expected to know, this story’s flying under the radar of... More

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Americans and their guns

My Canadian (and therefore invalid) perspective on gun rights in America After recently watching the Vice documentary on 3-D printed guns I decided it was time to write this editorial. Not because I think I can do much to affect the direction of the gun debate in the States, but because I’m seeing and hearing... More

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Letters from J.P. – SOUP

Dear Campbell’s, My name is Joshua, a 23-year-old from Brampton, Ontario. I appreciate your company and the many excellent products you have to offer. This is my story. After a long day, I came home exhausted. Too tired to cook anything extensive I decided to open my cupboard and examine its capabilities. “Campbell’s Chicken with... More

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Technology made me literate

I was never a big reader as a child. I think I finished my first novel in grade six and if it weren’t for the Ritalin, I doubt that I would have actually made it to the end. I don’t even remember the title. When I was young and living in a house with a... More

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Fees to volunteer overseas: Who’s being...

By Julienne Bay I remember my first time in South America. I was amused by how colourful it was: mini-statues of various saints on taxi dashboards, textiles, festivals, the list goes on. After spending months in South America, however, I found myself no longer marvelling at the mini-statues, colonial buildings or craft markets. Sometimes though,... More

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Trudeau’s position on pot: bona fide or...

It’s undeniable that Justin Trudeau’s newest stance on cannabis speaks to the leanings of the majority of Canadians, but whether his current position on pot is authentic, logical policy or deceptive vote grabbing is still very much up for debate. To his credit, the talking points from Trudeau regarding his stance on marijuana are pragmatic,... More

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Temp agencies give employers unfair advantage

Employment agencies are a scam. If you’ve ever been out of work and looking for a labour job, you will know exactly what I mean. Newspapers are riddled with ads claiming dozens of labour jobs are available and companies are desperate for workers. The only problem is the majority of these ads are placed by... More

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Mixed-race couples in movies or the lack ther...

This is just a pet peeve of mine, but it’s one I think should be more discussed than it is. My concern is that recently Hollywood seems to be much more squeamish about the subject of mixed-race couples in movies. Don’t misunderstand. I know Hollywood produces/has produced many movies dealing with the issue of mixed-race... More

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After China – Who is next?

It’s no secret a great deal of the economic growth that’s occurred in the United States (and really all of the West – Canada included) over the last 25 years has happened because of investment in China. Made in China: for as long as I can remember China was where everything was manufactured, but changes... More

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Welcome to Brampton: home of Ontario’s ...

Are bad drivers simply cynical, completely ignorant, or just plain lazy? Either way, Brampton is home to Ontario’s worst. Do you like action movies? Then you will love the streets of my hometown, Brampton, Ontario, where Steeles Avenue is a non-stop set for 24-7 thrills. Where the left lane is the slow lane and the... More