• Vancouver father Adrian Crook believes self-reliance is one of the most important lessons a parent can teach their children. So he taught his four young kids how to take the bus to school. Some anonymous busybody felt they were too young and complained to B.C. child welfare authorities. They investigated and ordered him to desist, even though he hadn’t broken any law. It turns out they picked the wrong dad to try to bully, writes Brian Hutchinson, and now Crook is trying to teach the nanny state a lesson.

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  • Despite all its booms and busts, for most of its history Alberta has outperformed the rest of Canada in investment, business creation, economic growth, employment, population gain, and most other measures of prosperity. Today, nearly three years after the last energy price downturn, and two-and-a-half years into the carbon-phobic mandates of an NDP provincial government in Edmonton and a Liberal regime in Ottawa, Alberta is enduring a crippling divestment of capital, jobs and wealth, and waning confidence that it will ever recover from the current bust. George Koch tours the ruins, searching for his province’s salvation.

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  • Why does Sydney Crosby keep playing hockey after four concussions when he has $50 million in the bank? Why is Tom Brady trying for his 6th Super Bowl ring at 40? And why do millions of sports fans spend billions buying tickets, jerseys, cable TV subscriptions and all the other stuff that makes pro sport such a global economic behemoth? Plato knew the score, writes Ben Woodfinden, who reckons the great philosopher would approve of the way modern western society has channelled the innate human desire for glory into non-lethal entertainments for the masses.

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  • An Ontario teachers’ union wants to expel founding Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from public schools as punishment for being the “architect” of the Indian residential schools “genocide”. In hope of preventing the teachers from inflicting their breathtaking ignorance on their students and Macdonald’s reputation, C2C Journal offers a remedial history lesson by veteran Aboriginal Affairs consultant, news reporter and author Robert MacBain.

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  • Like most cultural trends, it took a few years for the conservative revolution that made Ronald Reagan U.S. president in 1980 to migrate to Canada. One of its most influential, yet least known, emissaries was Republican political genius Arthur Finkelstein. He came north to teach the National Citizens Coalition – then one of very few serious conservative advocacy groups in Canada – how to raise a right-wing ruckus, and money. Eventually his lessons would be learned by NCC president Stephen Harper, lessons that helped him become prime minister. To mark Finkelstein’s recent passing, former NCC V-P Gerry Nichols reflects on his important contributions to Canada’s conservative movement.

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  • Western Civilization has depended on poets and poetry to educate, enlighten, entertain and ennoble us since Homer charted the course of the Trojan War and the journey of Odysseus. Alas, writes Canadian poet David Solway, most of what passes for poetry today has no more artistic merit or social utility “than graffiti on freight trains”. Fortunately we have the classics and a handful of moderns who honour them to provide literary sustenance in these parched poetic times. You can discover or rediscover them in Solway’s essay in C2C Journal.

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  • Maybe it’s the current dearth of inspiring or even competent political leadership in the western world, but this summer our lonely and fragile democracies are turning their eyes to Winston Churchill and George Orwell, two men who arguably did more than anyone to rescue western civilization from tyranny in the 20th century. Churchill stars in the great movie Dunkirk and in a new biopic bearing his name. Orwell’s ideas are routinely invoked to explain the epidemic of fake news and “spin” that has infected, beyond even past practice, our highest political offices and lowest journalism. The pair are also the subject of a timely new book about the extraordinary parallels in their remarkable lives, reviewed for C2C Journal by Mark Milke.

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  • Gen Z is the label coined to describe the generation born since 1995, roughly the year the Internet came to the masses. They’re the first true “digital natives” and the first generation in a long time to face the real prospect of a poorer and less secure life than their predecessors. Marketing research indicates this has made them more pragmatic and self-reliant and thus, according to Gen Zer Haley Love, the first generation in many decades to be favourably disposed toward conservative political ideas.

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