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August 2020, Truth and Consequences

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September 2020, by Dr. Michael Bonner

How much do you know really about Iran? Most people are probably aware of the regressive, theocratic regime that came to power in the 1970s. This transformation has sadly overshadowed Iran’s rich and very ancient history.  Iran may be remote and closed off to most people today, but this hasn’t always been true. Iran has always been a significant regional and world power, and has shaped much of Middle Eastern, Islamic culture as we now know it.
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September 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Post

With the war on statues being fought in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, it is tempting to draw an analogy with how statues were torn down in authoritarian countries like the Soviet Union and Iraq, as some in the media have been doing. This analogy, however, is wrong. Comparing Macdonald, Churchill and Jefferson to dictators like Hussein and Lenin, who, through repression and deceit, took away their citizens’ rights and committed rampant violence, is completely unwarranted.
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October 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Post

While there are certainly legitimate grounds to be concerned about populism on the right side of the political spectrum, it also exists on the left and can present a serious danger from that angle, too. Because left-wing populism is often downplayed and neglected, it has quietly made its way into the mainstream, rarely being identified and duly called out. Even more alarming, populism has crept into and seems to have taken a hold of our federal government policy in Canada. Click for the full article

July 2020, Sabrina Zuniga in the Toronto Sun

Student empowerment is all about helping students find a path through the turmoil of adolescence and encouraging them to volunteer where they want to. WE is a show and all about getting our students to raise money for WE organizations.
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July 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Newswatch

The rising divisions between the political left and right and the polarization in the West, Russia sees as an opportunity to help bring to power a government that would implement policies beneficial to Russia. Conservatives should not fall for this. Russian propaganda sources might sometimes be factually correct in exposing problems with the left in the West, but they have a specific agenda that has the interest of Russian corrupt officials at its core and is inherently hostile and harmful to our countries.
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July 2020, Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga in The National Newswatch

Now is the time for bold ideas and initiatives to recover our national and world economies, but that should not mean government picking business winners. The factors that affect the changes in the market for businesses are numerous and depend on a vast array and combinations of contingent circumstances that are impossible for anyone to foresee or predict, no matter how hard they try. To recover from the current economic shutdown, we need to stop hoping that government will magically create more jobs and establish new successful businesses. The most helpful policy the government can implement is to create conditions where businesses can flourish, thrive, and innovate. 
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June 2020 by Geoffrey S. Turner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP; adjunct professor, business taxation, Osgoode Hall Law School

Canada’s corporate tax system is not designed to address income inequality through redistribution, or to further any political visions of vertical equity. Such “fairness” objectives are explicit goals of our progressive income tax system for individuals, but they have little relevance when it comes to evaluating corporate taxation.
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June 2020

We asked the Conservative Party leadership candidates what they think is the best way to ensure freedom of speech in Canada.
Read the exclusive responses of all four candidates on our website.

May 2020, Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga in The National Newswatch

Recent discussions have rightly exposed the dangers of conspiracy theories and foreign misinformation in undermining our society’s trust in science and in important government policies. However, what has been little discussed is that the successes of such conspiracy theories and the amplified skepticism they sow are in part due to the fertile soil they fall upon. For the past two decades, the concept of science has been continuously and indiscriminately employed by a range of activist groups to justify various political and ideological causes.
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May 2020, by Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

Mark Lilla recently wrote a great article for the New York Times entitled “No One Know What’s Going To Happen”. If you haven’t read it, we strongly suggest you do. During this pandemic period, there is a lot of frustration that things are not ‘back to normal’. Yet, can our society ever go back to pre-pandemic life? Many things will return, such as gathering with friends, shopping, and eating out. But, some things will never be the same.
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May 2020, by Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga

Many undemocratic governments around the world are using the current pandemic to increase their powers and to crackdown on people’s freedoms. Thinking that the international community is too preoccupied with fighting the pandemic in general, and seeing that each country is becoming more isolationist, these governments are hoping their actions will go unnoticed.
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May 2020, Sabrina Zuniga

The COVID 19 crisis has brought to light just how much we rely on petroleum products and gasoline to keep us safe and healthy. We need these sources to make the products our hospitals and frontline responders use. And we need to know that our hospitals and supply chains will have reliable energy to power the systems and vehicles we need.
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It is amazing that in this difficult time of unprecedented lockdown measures, when our economy is under threat, we still have access to what we need to survive. We have abundant supplies of food, material necessities, and even entertainment weeks into the lockdown. And, we feel confident this supply of necessities will continue as long as the lockdown continues.
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April 2020, Sabrina Zuniga

Happy Earth Day 2020, the day when the ridiculousness of banning single-use plastics and of the argument to stop producing our oil and gas really become obvious. Think of all the single-use materials needed in our hospitals and healthcare centres. Would you want to be in the hospital without such protection for yourself and our hospital workers?
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April 2020, Denis Tsarev

During the current crisis, we are observing two vocal groups, one  fiercely condemning all government regulation as “socialism, tyranny and infringement of individual rights”, and the other fiercely condemning support for private and corporate business as “putting profits over lives and letting people die on the streets”. As a result, legitimate criticism of either of the extremes gets drowned in this uncompromising and vehement rhetoric. This exposes a bigger problem that has permeated our political landscape long before the COVID-19 crisis: dominance of ideological dogmas over pragmatism and practical outcomes.
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In times of a crisis, we see in some places governments unreasonably extending and abusing their powers, whilst in other places we see negligent citizens violating safety protocols and abusing their liberties. Both are dangerous and result in great risks: that’s why it’s important to keep a good balance.
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March 2020, Sabrina Zuniga

Although in many spheres the private sector does a much better job than the government would do, there are a number of areas where the support of the taxpayers’ money is indispensable and fully justified. One such area is medical research and science.
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March 2020, Sabrina Zuniga

The constant innovation of our Canadian oil and gas sectors is unprecedented in the world. The resource companies work together, pool their knowledge, conduct research and share their data, new technology and methods.
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February 2020, Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

The environmental protesters claim to be fighting against oppression, yet they believe aboriginal communities should be barred and excluded from the economic opportunities available to the rest of us in Canada. Is this not oppression?
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February 2020, Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

Liberal democracy is all about exercising one’s rights and at the same time respecting other peoples’ rights by following the rule of law. Canada and most Western countries are not dictatorships where the only hope to achieve any change can be through extreme actions.
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February 2020, Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

Why is there always talk of class sizes by the teachers’ unions in Ontario? Having more teachers helps the teacher unions get more dues. Each teacher is required to pay about 1.5% of his/her annual salary to their respective union.
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February 2020, Denis Tsarev

Do people really want socialism? Those who promote socialism, usually entertain a number of misconceptions about what socialism, capitalism, and social democracy are. Let’s examine the top myths surrounding the definition of socialism.
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December 2019, Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

What is Canada’s share of global greenhouse gas  emissions? How much of that is caused by our oil sands? The total of all Canada’s GHG emissions is about 1.5% of global GHG emissions. Oil sands are responsible for only about 0.15%.
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December 2019, Sabrina Zuniga

When the Liberals were in office from 2003 to 2018 the Ontario school repair backlog rose from $5.6 billion to over $16 billion. The teachers’ unions, however, kept demanding and accepting salary increases.
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In The Media

October 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Post

While there are certainly legitimate grounds to be concerned about populism on the right side of the political spectrum, it also exists on the left and can present a serious danger from that angle, too. Because left-wing populism is often downplayed and neglected, it has quietly made its way into the mainstream, rarely being identified and duly called out. Even more alarming, populism has crept into and seems to have taken a hold of our federal government policy in Canada. Click for the full article

September 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Post

With the war on statues being fought in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, it is tempting to draw an analogy with how statues were torn down in authoritarian countries like the Soviet Union and Iraq, as some in the media have been doing. This analogy, however, is wrong. Comparing Macdonald, Churchill and Jefferson to dictators like Hussein and Lenin, who, through repression and deceit, took away their citizens’ rights and committed rampant violence, is completely unwarranted. Click for the full article

July 2020, Sabrina Zuniga in the Toronto Sun

Student empowerment is all about helping students find a path through the turmoil of adolescence and encouraging them to volunteer where they want to. WE is a show and all about getting our students to raise money for WE organizations.
Click to read more.

July 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Newswatch

The rising divisions between the political left and right and the polarization in the West, Russia sees as an opportunity to help bring to power a government that would implement policies beneficial to Russia. Conservatives should not fall for this. Russian propaganda sources might sometimes be factually correct in exposing problems with the left in the West, but they have a specific agenda that has the interest of Russian corrupt officials at its core and is inherently hostile and harmful to our countries.
Click to read more.

July 2020, Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga in The National Newswatch

To recover from the current economic shutdown, we need to stop hoping that government will magically create more jobs and establish new successful businesses. The most helpful policy the government can implement is to create conditions where businesses can flourish, thrive, and innovate. The factors that affect the changes in the market for businesses are numerous and depend on a vast array and combinations of contingent circumstances that are impossible for anyone to foresee or predict, no matter how hard they try. 
Click to read more.

May 2020, Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga in The National Newswatch

Recent discussions have rightly exposed the dangers of conspiracy theories and foreign misinformation in undermining our society’s trust in science and in important government policies. However, what has been little discussed is that the successes of such conspiracy theories and the amplified skepticism they sow are in part due to the fertile soil they fall upon. For the past two decades, the concept of science has been continuously and indiscriminately employed by a range of activist groups to justify various political and ideological causes.
Click to read more.

April 2020, Denis Tsarev in The National Newswatch

What’s similar between a viral pandemic and the threat of terrorism? Both are very out of ordinary phenomena whose development, death toll and future occurrence cannot be easily predicted.
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February 2020, Denis Tsarev in The Post Millennial

To compete on par with left leaning political movements and to extend the popularity of conservatism beyond its active supporters, conservatives need to focus not only on election hot topics and specific policies, but also on their intellectual and ethical principles that hold true outside of political campaigns.
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March 2019, Sabrina Zuniga in the Post Millennial

Is a perfect class size the magic to student learning? The unions want you to think so.Schools should be all about student learning. Everything that happens in the school, and everyone associated with a school should be part of increasing student learning. So why do we spend so much time discussing class sizes like this is the main factor that is going to magically change student learning?
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August 2018, Sabrina Zuniga in the Toronto Sun

When you need something from the city, do you go through the process of calling 311? Do you go to city hall to submit a form? Or do you contact your local councillor? Why do these kinds of actions need a city councillor to make them happen? The job of the city councillor should be researching and creating policy and procedures and setting future direction for the city and your neighbourhood. Click to read more.

On This Day In History

September 9, 2020 by Denis Tsarev

#OnThisDayInHistory in 1948, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was established by Moscow’s appointee Kim Il-Sung to the North of the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula. Click to read more.

August 29, 2020 by Denis Tsarev

#OnThisDayInHistory in 1991, the parliament of the USSR (the Supreme Soviet), suspended all activities of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), putting an end to the Communist rule in the USSR.  Click to read more.

August 14, 2020,  Sabrina Zuniga

On this day in 1914, the Panama Canal was opened to traffic. The construction was an engineering marvel of the time. It was also a political marvel that created an independent Panama and gave sovereignty to the US for the zone around the canal..  Click to read more.

July 15, 2020, by Denis Tsarev

On this day in 1912, one of the most prominent economists of the 20th century and a Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman was born..  Click to read more.

July 20, 2020, by Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

On this day in 1976 Viking 1 was the first US spacecraft to land on Mars. It was also the first spacecraft ever to remain functional on the surface of the planet and to accomplish its mission.. Click to read more.

July 15, 2020, by Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga

Unlike many of his revolutionary contemporaries in France, Lafayette staunchly opposed radicalism. He was a big supporter of a limited constitutional monarchy, where he believed old traditions could be successfully merged with a limited civil government accountable to its citizens..  Click to read more.

June 8, 2020, by Sabrina Zuniga and Denis Tsarev

On this day in 1949, British author George Orwell published his dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four, a warning against totalitarianism that introduced such concepts as Big Brother and the Thought Police.

May 14, 2020, Sabrina Zuniga

On this day in 1796, Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, England, tested a smallpox vaccine. Smallpox is thought to date back to the Egyptian Empire around the 3rd century BCE. Early written descriptions appeared in China in the 4th century CE, India in the 7th century, and Asia Minor in the 10th century. As civilizations grew and people traveled the world, the disease spread.  Click to read more.

May 7, 2020 Denis Tsarev

On this day in 1945, the initial Instrument of Surrender was signed by the German High Command, General Alfred Jodl, at the city Reims. The document ordered unconditional surrender for all German forces and marked the end of WWII in Europe. Click to read more.

April 27, 2020, Denis Tsarev and Sabrina Zuniga

On this day in 1759, a prominent thinker of the Enlightenment period, Mary Wollstonecraft, was born. She was a committed advocate of democracy, limited government, individual liberties and meritocracy in the face of the reaction of the European monarchies against the challenges of the American and the French revolutions in the late 18th century. Click to read more.

April 22, 2020 Denis Tsarev

On this day in 1724, Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential European philosophers was born. In addition to his complex and innovative theories in epistemology and ethics, that are still heatedly debated up to this day, he was a passionate advocate and believer in the cause of enlightenment and the ascendancy of human reason and independent critical thought over dogmas and unquestioned customs. Click to read more.

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