Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

Where is Jagmeet Singh?

June 12, 2018 - 5:00am

AS A RESULT of the Trump debacle at last weekend’s G7 meeting, I have a number of questions and concerns and the first one is a bit like the “Where’s Waldo” game. This time though, it’s “Where’s Jagmeet Singh,” leader of the federal NDP party?

Charlotte Whitton would not have been pleased with women in politics forum

June 5, 2018 - 5:00am

I'M GOING TO TAKE ON a subject this week that, for an opinion writer, is fraught with peril and affords an even higher degree of risk when said writer is male, white and supposedly privileged. So let me cautiously begin by introducing you to a trailblazing politician of the 50s and 60s who once said, “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult”.

Pipeline opponents and supporters should agree: fossil fuels are running out

May 1, 2018 - 5:00am

I CRINGE with almost every conversation and social media post about the Kinder Morgan pipeline as inevitably someone, thinking they are quite witty and original, will say something like: “Well if you’re against oil and pipelines so much then stop driving your car, heating your home or using plastics.”

It is said as a put down, a braggart’s claim intended to heap shame upon the supposed hypocrisy of those who do not support the expansion of — or product to be carried in — the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Social media users are fertile ground for data farmers

April 24, 2018 - 5:00am Updated: April 24, 2018 - 6:46am

MANY OF YOU are probably not aware of this, but back in 2004, when Gmail was launched, Google would digitally scan your emails and based on what you had written, would specifically target you with ads that were felt to be relevant to the content of your email.

This invasive use of what you likely thought to be confidential information explains why, when you wrote your sister saying you were thinking of buying a new chesterfield, that furniture ads suddenly started appearing in your feed.