Facts and Opinions, and context

Context is everything: facts or opinions rarely stand strong by themselves. Take, for example, F&O columnist Jonathan Manthorpe’s column in May, about Vancouver real estate and corrupt money from mainland China. The Vacuously Vain column went “viral,” boosted by mentions from the

You want fries with that mortarboard?

With convocation season wrapping up, journalist Penney Kome is prompted by her own son’s graduation to consider the severe deflation of university degrees in trying economic times. “Convocation at the University of Alberta was a bittersweet occasion for at least one family,”  writes

A poet’s convocation address

With great pleasure, Facts and Opinions publishes an essay by Canadian poet and writer Patrick Lane, which he delivered as the Convocation Address at the University of Victoria in November. An excerpt: It is sixty-five years ago, you’re ten years old and

Convocation Address

By PATRICK LANE Published December 3, 2013 It is sixty-five years ago, you’re ten years old and sitting on an old, half-blind, grey horse. All you have is a saddle blanket and a rope for reins as you watch a pack of

Canadians and the Battle for Hong Kong

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs November 11, 2016 On this day 75 years ago, 1,975 men, and two female nurses, of the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were steaming across the East China Sea in the New Zealand liner-turned-troop ship,

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cheer at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir Reporting Turkish coup crumbles, crowds answer call to streets, by Nick Tattersall and Ece Toksabay An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble

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

The Reichsmarschall’s Apprentices

 “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist

Facts and Opinions this Week

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