Warren Kinsella: I can’t comment on this

But the fact that I’m posting it here should tell you plenty. From Canadian Lawyer Magazine: Toronto lawyer Warren Kinsella has settled a claim he launched against a Twitter subsidiary for refusing to take down an allegedly defamatory tweet. Kinsella sought $200,000 in damages from the social networking service after it declined to remove a ...

Warren Kinsella: Joe Strummer, gone so long, gone too soon

The sticker affixed to the London Calling album shrink-wrap, 38 years ago this month, boldly declared that the Clash were “the only band that matters.” If that is true – if it was more than record company hyperbole – then Joe Strummer’s death 15 years ago today, of a heart attack at age 50, was ...

Warren Kinsella: The Ballad of the Social Blemishes, 40 years later

Forty years. Forty years ago tonight, the Social Blemishes – me, Ras Pierre, Rockin’ Al and a few others miscreants – took to the makeshift stage in the gym at Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary for the first-ever performance of a punk band in our hometown. In all of Alberta, too. We were opening ...

Warren Kinsella: Watch this Rosemary Barton exchange with Justin Trudeau. Wow.

It is truly something else.  Among other things, it means that Trudeau needs to get better prepared before he scrums again on this mess. And it means CBC needs to get Barton back to the Hill, where she can do more of this sort of grilling. Fearless. Wow. The first thirty seconds here are brutal. ...

Warren Kinsella: Trudeau broke ethics rules?

Yes. So says the Ethics commissioner: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke multiple federal ethics rules when he accepted a ride on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter and stayed on his private island over the holidays in 2016, the ethics commissioner has ruled. In a ruling posted on the website of the Office of the Conflict ...

Warren Kinsella: Best and worst of Canadian political 2017

For my bestest-ever editor, the Hill Times‘ Kate Malloy – who oversees one of the few truly still-successful newspapers in Canada, by the by – I’m doing my clichéd year-end roundup of the year in Canadian politics.  It’s fun, if nothing else.  And, um, I need to file it later today. But – because I ...

Warren Kinsella: Booklist: Recipe For Hate “explodes off the page…a dark and engrossing tale”!

Wikipedia: “Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials for all ages. Booklist’s primary audience consists of libraries, educators, and booksellers. The magazine is available to subscribers in print and online. Booklist is published 22 times per year, and reviews over 7,500 titles annually.” My ...

Warren Kinsella: Premiers: who’s up, who’s down, who cares

I don’t put much stock in Angus Reid’s little Premier’s popularity poll thing, and neither should you.  I think the Reid folks do it mainly for fun, and to get some free publicity, and it unfailingly it provides both.  Their release is here. That said, a few observations: Brad Wall, unless I’m wrong, will go ...

Warren Kinsella: Hill Times calls Recipe For Hate one of the best books of the year!

Here’s today’s front page: And here’s the interview Laura Ryckewaert did with me:

Warren Kinsella: Donald Trump is a white supremacist

He is. I’ve been writing about the racist Right for more than 30 years – and fighting them as a lawyer, or as a political activist, for almost as long. I know one when I see one. When Lisa and I worked for Hillary Clinton, everyone else on the campaign knew that Trump was a ...

Warren Kinsella: DoFo Hoho NoMo

You can’t shine Shinola, Ramona. Nice Ford Nation bumpersticker, BTW. A poll suggesting Doug Ford trails Mayor John Tory by single digits ahead of next fall’s election is “flawed” and could misguide Toronto voters, an experienced pollster warns. The Firm Digital, a new polling agency, released the results of a poll it claims reached 15,576 Torontonians. ...

Warren Kinsella: I asked when #MeToo would hit Ottawa, and then it did

A few days ago, I wrote a column – which the Hill Times published, but HuffPo refused to, because they didn’t want to do anything that might identify the sexual harasser – about why #MeToo hadn’t hit Ottawa yet.  Because, God knows, there’s plenty of wrongdoing taking place up there, too. Well, last night – ...

Warren Kinsella: OH MY GOD I AM SO HAPPY

WOOOOOOOT #AlabamaSenateElection

Warren Kinsella: Two effective ways of dealing with prejudice, up above and down here

My friends were busy yesterday. My friend Bernie Farber, a veritable force of nature who is presently up to something big, scored a victory against hate yesterday: he and others persuaded the Toronto Library Board to reject hate. From the Star: The Toronto library board unanimously approved restrictions that will prevent groups from renting library ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: why hasn’t #MeToo hit Ottawa?

It’s hit Hollywood.  It’s taken down big names in the media.  All over Capitol Hill in Washington, too. So why hasn’t the #MeToo movement claimed any of the creeps crawling through Ottawa’s corridor of power? Because, God knows, there’s plenty of dirty old (and young) men up there.  The stories are legion.  So, where is ...

Warren Kinsella: I stand with Trudeau

We used to be friends, we had a falling out.  And: he has a very different style than my guy, the Shawinigan Strangler.  We were the undersell and over perform gang, you know?  We were more fiscally conservative, we didn’t bet the house on rookies, and (I think) we were a bit more adept on ...

Warren Kinsella: Who is going to win the Ontario election?

CBC News’  guy, Eric Grenier, has poked through the entrails.  His column is here.  His chart averaging the main provincial pollsters is below. I like people in politics who say “I don’t know,” so I like Grenier. He’s saying he doesn’t know who is going to win in June. I don’t know either. I’ve worked ...

Warren Kinsella: When the victim becomes the victimizer

Liberal MP Sherry Romanado-Morgan was right to object when Conservative MP James Bezan made a sexual remark to her. So who will speak up for this unnamed person who Sherry Romanado-Morgan fat-shamed? No one, I bet.

Warren Kinsella: Have the Conservatives scored on Morneau?

I don’t think so.  It’s been bumpy, to be sure.  But – at the end of the day – the Finance Minister is still standing.  And the government would still win as many seats today as they did in 2015. Warren Kinsella, president of Daisy Consulting and a former Liberal strategist including to former prime ...

Warren Kinsella: Column: supremely unexpected

‎Talk about life imitating art. When this writer started typing up what would become the novel Recipe For Hate, several things were not anticipated. ‎Positive reviews, for example: not used to those. But then Publisher’s Weekly went and called it “riveting, an unflinching page-turner” – and Apple IBooks called it a “book of the month.” ...

Warren Kinsella: A Ford Nation poll, inaccurate 21 times out of 20

Look, I get along well with Doug Ford. I shouldn’t, given that I am a Bolshevik, in comparative terms. But we get along. So. There’s this poll that mysteriously appeared tonight, dropped on a Sunday night for what is called “rip and read” – designed to secure lots of uncritical play on Monday morning. I ...

Warren Kinsella: Lisa who?

Well, this is kind of interesting. What do you guys think? Prominent Liberal commentator and consultant Lisa Kinsella is “seriously considering” running for the soon-to-be-vacant Ward 32 seat on Toronto council. “I’ve been encouraged to run in Ward 32 and I’m taking my time to decide,” said Kinsella in an interview Nov. 28. “It’s a ...

Warren Kinsella: He was just the office boy National Security Advisor!

Totally unimportant. Nobody remembers him. Michael Who? To wit: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, is expected to plead guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about two conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition. The charges were the latest indication that Mr. Flynn was ...

Warren Kinsella: Punk rock, reaching across borders and the ages

Our record label CEO, Simon Harvey, sent me a note: Well, this is cool. A friend in Vancouver just posted a picture, of a stack of great old singles he’s recently scooped, in the ’70s punk collector group. Joe Kidd– an early ’80s fixture who played in the most important Philippine punk band and is ...

Warren Kinsella: My U of C law prof is being appointed to the Supreme Court – and she is in my new book!

Amazing! The newest addition to the Supreme Court of Canada will be Sheilah Martin. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday morning his nomination of Martin to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that will be left vacant when Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retires on December 15. Sheilah Martin was a great inspiration for me at ...