Using the Freedom of Thought Report

I have been covering the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Freedom of Thought Report since its first edition in 2012, and every year, without fail, someone complains about its focus. In the past I have repeatedly explained why the report’s narrow focus makes sense. This year, I’m going one step … Continue reading

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch brings up an ideological purity test for refugees

With a legacy characterized by Canada’s worst human rights record in the modern era, utter disdain for the environment, the proroguing of Parliament (twice), and the muzzling of scientists, I think all progressive-minded Canadians are quite happy to see the back of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Surely whoever we … Continue reading

Canadians not as credulous as Angus Reid thinks

Angus Reid Institute has published the results of a survey about Canadians’ beliefs in various conspiracy theories: “Extra-Terrestrials and other Stranger Things: Four-in-Five Canadians believe”. Now, don’t be misled by the report’s title… or the report’s content. The ARI write-up is mind-bogglingly stupid, compared to the actual results. The actual … Continue reading

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