The 88th Oscars: Focus on Hollywood

Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, reports Reuters’ Jill Serjeant, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry. … read our

Matters of Facts, and Opinions, this week

Reports: CRAIG VENTER: Biotech’s biggest entrepreneur on a quest to delay ageing. By Roger Highfield Craig Venter wants HLI to create the world’s most important database for interpreting the genetic code, so he can make healthcare more proactive, preventative and predictive. Such data

China’s island building in defence of nuclear missile submarines

“China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea, and you’d have to believe in the flat Earth to think otherwise” —  Adm. Harry Harris JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs February 26, 2016 It has been a long and expensive quest, but Beijing has now

‘Spotlight’ Gets Investigative Journalism Right

 “Spotlight,” the film based on the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Catholic Church, is a remarkable achievement. — Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica editor   STEPHEN ENGELBERG, ProPublica February, 2016 There’s a moment in almost every movie when people in the audience who really

Courage, mystery, and death: Facts and Opinions about Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee dies, age 89, by Bill Trott, February 19, 2106 Harper Lee, who wrote one of America’s most beloved literary classics, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and surprised readers with a second book about racial injustice in the U.S.

Nothing is simple about Canada’s support for Kurdish fighters

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs February 18, 2016 There is a generation of British soldiers, civil servants and planters, now mostly dead, who swear bloodcurdling oaths at the mention of the name of Canada. They were posted to the then-British colony of Malaya

Antonin Scalia

Updated Saturday Feb. 20 The death on Feb. 13 of Justice Antonin Scalia, leader of the conservative wing of America’s Supreme Court,  may be one of those rare events on which history pivots. And given the court’s oversized influence on world affairs, at a critical time for

Matters of Facts, and Opinions, this week

F&O’s fresh sheet this week includes the eclectic, the interesting, the fun stuff, several thought-provoking essays — and startling or stunning images. Bon appétit. In Arts: Deepa Mehta: pushing boundaries with Beeba Boys All of Deepa Mehta’s major films have caused controversy, including the latest, Beeba Boys. Just

Deepa Mehta: pushing boundaries with Beeba Boys

PENNEY KOME: OVER EASY  February, 2016 All of Deepa Mehta’s major films have caused controversy, including the latest, Beeba Boys. Just released,  Beeba Boys (kind of a Sikh Sopranos) depicts the stylish, violent  world of  second- and third-generation Indian gang-bangers in metro Vancouver.  The topic is

Schiff sonatas score, Super Bowl blanked

ROD MICKLEBURGH February, 2016 The treasured Leila Getz, described in the program as “Head Honcho” of the Vancouver Recital Society, welcomed us with her usual enthusiasm. “Thank you for choosing András Schiff over the Super Bowl. The magic begins.” And indeed, it