The Trudeau Enigma

“The Independent divided Canadian Prime ministers into two broad categories: ‘the first comprises those whom the rest of the world has largely forgotten, if ever knew about them; the second comprises Pierre Trudeau,’” is the opening line of Max and Monique Nemni’s Young Trudeau: 1919-1944. There is a considerable degree of truth to this statement. …

In Defense of Legally Blonde

When Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre selected the Broadway musical Legally Blonde to be its 2017 Lawyer Show production, several veterans of the cast expressed doubt—if not outright alarm—over the choice. After all, Nightwood is Canada’s premiere women’s theatre company, highly respected for its focus on women in theatre, and the annual Lawyer Show (now in its …

Arrival

A Hopeful and Fascinating Close to 2016   A new ‘first contact’ film titled “Arrival” premiered this fall. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Sicaro,” “Prisoners,” and “Incendies”) and based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, it focuses on linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) whose task is to overcome the language gap with the aliens. …

The March of Remembrance and Hope

An Education in Intolerance On 2 November, I had the privilege of hearing Elly Gotz, a retired engineer, businessman, and a Holocaust survivor, speak at one of his many talks on intolerance he does at various schools, universities, and public functions. I met Elly in May earlier this year at the March of Remembrance and …