I had a different relationship with Cosby than perhaps most. I first met him when I was an 8-year-old listening in on his conversation between Noah and God. Cosby went on to teach me how not to run track and field, and how to play “Buck, Buck”. His comedy records brought me and my friend Jon to tears of laughter each time we heard his voice. We loved Cosby. He was funny, black, and parent approved. Continue reading “OPINION | I Started Out as a Child: No pardons for Bill Cosby”→
In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government unilaterally decided that Japanese Canadians posed a threat to national security. Under the War Measures Act, the roundup began as Japanese Canadians were stripped of their homes and business, and sent to internment camps, thus beginning one of Canada’s darkest periods in its relatively short history as a nation.
My university film theory teacher was such an internee. Although never discussed at length, as he taught us about Kuleshov and Eisenstein, he was also teaching us about his life, and resilience.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have now left the Singapore summit, and with their departure, a silence fills in the anticipation and the apprehension of the meeting. Both leaders were supposedly looking for something, but it is uncertain whether it was peace.
From a political point of view, the summit was a success for both leaders. Let’s be clear, Trump was not the first to propose a sit-down, but he was the most pugnacious, and the least criticized when the idea was proposed. Was he looking for an end to tensions between North Korea and the world at large or a photo opportunity to boost his poll numbers? Continue reading “OPINION | The Quest for Peace or Popularity?”→
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contrary to Mr. Trump’s latest tweet, is not weak.
Trump blustered into Canada this weekend, Charlevoix, where I used to live. The Quebec countryside is peaceful and serene, perhaps deliberately chosen as a safe haven in which to discuss issues of economic importance among allies. Trump, like all the other participants, was among friends or at very least not among enemies.
When I was in grade school, there was always one student who simply did not fit in. Whether it was the schoolyard bully who knocked down lunch bags or the child who deliberately took too long at the water fountain on those hot days—there was always one child who’s behaviour separated themselves from the rest.
Trump may not be a genius, but he knows enough to surround himself with people he trusts, if not necessarily trustworthy people. Of late, we’ve heard whispers of Bannon being consulted along with John Kelly and Stephen Miller. Trump is not working alone.
We see this evidenced in some carefully worded tweets, and of course in the recent hiring and subsequent publicity tour of New York City’s ex-mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani was chosen for three reasons:
The latest poll indicates that President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating has improved over the last few months. Why? Booming economy aside, as much as I hate to say it, Trump makes politics fun, at least for his voters.
Trump is a salesperson who handily exploits the innate behaviour of human beings—the propensity towards laziness. We have Siri’s voice helping us with our math, our directions, our memory, and we now have Trump doing likewise.
Trump inoculates himself and others from the truth by simplifying complex issues, changing the narrative, and of late simply lies outright, knowing often people will believe things that are repeated loudly enough, and strenuously enough. If people are too “lazy” to dig further, they believe his rants. Trump is his own downloadable voting app. His administration manufactures and disseminates self-interest conspiracy theories waging a counter-truth campaign against mainstream news outlets, and Trump’s base loves it. Trump who has positioned himself as the champion of the everyday person, is lauded by his fans anytime he challenges the norms regardless of consequences. He brands issues and assigns flamboyant names like “Fake News” “Witch Hunt” “Spygate” repeating them until they become part of the everyday parlance, and serves to dismantle any credibility of the ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia et al. latest polls suggest the strategy is working.