Vancouver fights graffiti with graffiti

DEBORAH JONES: FREE RANGE July, 2005 The very first time he tried writing graffiti, Robbie, a talented teenager whose art has sold in galleries, blundered into Vancouver’s war on graffiti. As he and another high-school student spray-painted images on a seaside retaining

Africville: Nova Scotia’s blacks remember

DEBORAH JONES: FREE RANGE July 02, 1988 Halifax, NS, Canada —  In Halifax today, what used to be Africville , with all the rich and negative connotations of that name, is a little-used park on the windswept edge of Halifax harbor. From

Reflections of a Canadian abroad as Canada turns 150

TOM REGAN: SUMMONING ORENDA July 1, 2017 I never thought I would end up in rural Virginia, 40 miles outside Washington, DC. Never. I never thought I would live anywhere but Canada, or anywhere other than Nova Scotia, for that matter. But there

Trump Cries Havoc! – Dogs (still) Kenneled

Dear Readers, I am taking a sabbatical from my weekly columns in Facts and Opinions in order to finish writing a book that I started a few months ago. The book is on matters very much in the news, so it needs

Theresa May’s election victory no longer certain

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs June 3, 2017 Six weeks ago, when Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, it seemed a foregone conclusion this was simply a formality to boost her parliamentary majority and strengthen her hand in negotiating Brexit

“Green” investment funds spring back

By Ross Kerber May, 2017 BOSTON (Reuters) – After U.S. President Donald Trump’s election last November, investors pulled nearly $68 million (53 million pounds) from so-called “green” mutual funds, reflecting fear that his pro-coal agenda would hurt renewable energy firms. But now

Broad alliances trump Trump for Israeli security

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 27, 2017 Israel lives in a hostile neighbourhood, and has always had trouble making and keeping trustworthy friends. Many of the European countries were supportive both before and immediately after the founding of the state of Israel

India’s Maoist uprising morphs into women’s armed insurgency

  JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 20, 2017 Women guerrilla fighters are at the forefront of an emerging insurgent war in India aimed at protecting women from sexual violence and human rights abuse. On April 24, about 300 guerrillas, half of them

Journalism Matters: fresh sheet for May 13, 2017

Trying to listen in Trump’s America, by Tom Regan   Column In the heart of America, there are long, flat stretches of emptiness in the spring. Fields, only recently plowed and sown with the fall’s harvest, still look barren and soggy. No