Is a mandatory victim surcharge "cruel and unusual punishment?" And might we tolerate it anyhow?
Robin Baranyai, Special to Postmedia Network
I grew up in an era of magical thinking, when the solution to poverty lay in the mystical machinations of trickle-down economics, and "Just say no" was the strategy for both drug addiction and abstinence-only sex education.
Red flags aren't always visible to the untrained eye.
Where are all the daggers? The nefarious whisper campaigns?
Politics: is there no escape? Partisan, divisive commentary now dominates nearly every public space. Politico and C-SPAN has spilled into our recreational outlets, flooding comedy, the arts and social media, drawing a tripwire around family dinners and office water cooler.
Will defectors flock back to Twitter, now that the social media platform has announced new measures to clamp down on abusive behaviour and hate speech?
Creating art always involves taking a risk. Art can be a platform to challenge and provoke. It can expose corruption or celebrate achievement. Art can connect audiences emotionally to a past that should not be forgotten. Or it can fall flat on its face.
The past few weeks have provoked considerable anxiety about mainstreaming of white nationalism, and the increasingly visible "alt-right" movement.
Here’s a sobering fact: One in four teens involved in a fatal collision tests positive for marijuana.
Canada's laws governing HIV disclosure are dangerously out of date.
It's been a long, hot summer of peculiar mysteries, from Belleville's missing mannequins to the sad saga of Ryan Lochte.
People can give Angelina Jolie Pitt a pretty rough ride, so many babies, so much leg showing in her dress.
It's a small world, we say, when we bump into an old classmate halfway around the world, or reunite with a former neighbour online. The pat phrase is wrapped in a warm blanket of nostalgia. But the things that make it a small world -- cheap air travel and the Internet -- have made it a much more dangerous place for many of the world's children.
If there's anything a news outlet hates, it's landing at the centre of the story.
Female soccer players are a feisty lot. When they fall, they get back up - usually more quickly than their male counterparts, who often writhe around a while, hoping the ref will make a sympathetic call. They're tough. Nothing keeps them down.
If there's one question on everyone's lips following this week's high-profile sexual assault trial, it will be to ask, once again, why any victim would ever come forward?
It should be clear by now we need greater understanding of, and compassion for, people experiencing mental-health issues. It's essential not only for their own sake, but also for police officers who find themselves struggling to assess the danger, and intent, of a distraught person with a weapon.
My fellow Canadians have been cursing the mild winter. We're in for a terrible mosquito season, they grumble. It may not seem like the worst trade off -- but just wait.
At a party recently, a guest shared this surprising revelation: "At this point, if I won $1 million, I would be disappointed."
Each new year we look critically at the last, with endless lists recapping the best and worst of the year that was. It's like an annual performance review, an opportunity to affirm our shared values and learn from our missteps. If there was one trend in 2015 that deserves our collective condemnation, it's dangling cash in front of poor people for e