Christine Williams

Cautionary tales about frolicking on Facebook

Summer months are upon us with revellers out in full swing. Pictures get taken, then enthusiastically posted on Facebook to proudly share the carousals with other friends. Facebook is a cogent network-building tool, but this club isn’t exclusive. It’s not only friends that are privy to lude...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:38 AM

Study reveals troubling attitudes toward race

CNN recently conducted a pilot study to determine young children’s attitude toward race, which raised many eyebrows. The surprising, yet critical findings pointed to a need for parents everywhere to teach children about values and self-esteem much earlier than expected. To conduct the pilot study,...

Friday, May 28, 2010, 10:38 AM

Let's talk about sex

The decision by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to postpone the implementation of a sex education curriculum was a wise one, even in the face of exasperated educators, social workers and public health professionals. The curriculum was denounced by conservative lobbies and religious groups that...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 10:38 AM

Predator-proof your children

If town criers still existed and I was one, I’d be ringing the bell and shouting warnings to parents to predator-proof their children in light of Graham James being granted a pardon by the National Parole Board. Our show, On The Line, has featured many experts from police sex crime units over the...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 10:38 AM

Let's not sport our infants in dictator chic

When Danish-Norwegian artist Nina Maria Kleivan exhibited photos of her newborn dressed up as notoriously evil historic figures like Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Idi Amin, the castigating commentary that followed was predictable. Kleivan’s baleful and shameless display of motherhood was a justifiable...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 10:38 AM

What's with the Tiger Woods witch hunt?

So, Tiger Woods is a big time cheater. He may even be a sex addict. Although disappointing, I’m still befuddled by the intensity of public outcry which screams hypocrisy. Sadly enough, affairs are common among us. Virtually all of us know at least one person who has been cheated on. The only...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 10:38 AM

Tread lightly when trying to 'help' children of Haiti

Determining the "best interest of the child" is a daunting task in our own culture, let alone Haiti. The catastrophic quake has left thousands of children orphaned. With the international community and the Haitian government trying to put the pieces together, the overlapping convergence of...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 10:38 AM

The sad plight of those who are most in need

When devastation and incalculable human suffering happens — like the horror in Haiti — the subsequent outpouring of support is a refreshing reminder of human altruism; an encouraging affirmation given the regrettable events of another news story that was uncovered by the Toronto Star a day after...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10:38 AM

Untangling the moral dilemma of Afghan detainees

After the recent bout of public scrutiny over accusations by former senior Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin about Ottawa’s indifference toward the torture of detainees in Afghanistan, we need to recall that, in 2005, former prime minister Paul Martin gave the thumbs up to then-defence minister Bill...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 10:38 AM

Dialogue needed to fight racism and radicalism

With news of the Fort Hood rampage in Texas and the revamped Canadian citizenship guide warning newcomers that “barbaric cultural practices” will not be tolerated, conflicting debates about terrorism and our expectations in the West are once again active and will continue to be until we...

Friday, November 27, 2009, 10:38 AM

California gang rape should be a warning to us all

Headlines featuring acts of violence are copious, and depending on the shock value, these reports often illicit a proportional reaction from the citizenry, lobby groups and even politicians. But the recent case involving a 15-year-old California girl who was gang-raped in front of as many as 20...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 10:38 AM

eHealth technology requires precautions

Proponents of eHealth argue that if other regions of the world have made significant strides in eHealth technology, what’s wrong with Canada? Caving in to what everyone else is doing is an injudicious argument. Although we cannot be left out of the globalization loop, we need to proceed with...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 10:38 AM

Internet trend shocks

A disturbing Internet trend called “reaction videos” is exploding in youth popularity. Here’s how it works: A person’s reaction is recorded while watching some other shocking video of which he/she is oblivious about and then posted on the web. Reaction is intense, from crying and gagging to rolling...

Friday, October 2, 2009, 11:13 AM

Sit at the negotiating table or await bloodshed

Ending a nine-year leadership, departing Assembly of First Nations head Phil Fontaine instructed his successor to eradicate First Nations poverty as a top priority. But now that Shawn Atleo has taken over the reigns, the hostilities between Aboriginals and mainstream Canada over some 900...

Friday, July 24, 2009, 11:04 AM

Tory candidates address the issues

Three Ontario PC candidates joined me live for an hour of On t The Line at CTS TV. The fourth, Randy Hillier, joined us by phone. Subjects of tax relief and supporting business growth drew the strongest, unified support among the four. The harmonized tax was ganged up on. One promise was made to...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 11:04 AM

Vigilante justice: A return to the Wild West

Some recent cases have resurrected the weighty issue of vigilantism. Although an offender may very well “get what he deserves,” we need to carefully think through the potential dangers of supporting vigilantism. Let’s look at a couple cases: A 51-year-old man enters a Chinatown store in Toronto for...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 11:28 AM

Storm of faith and politics

Runner up in the Miss U.S.A. Pageant: Miss California’s Carrie Prejean continues to grab the spotlight after a storm of controversy over a question posed by a judge during the pageant. Celebrity blogger and gay activist Perez Hilton asked Prejean — an openly professing Christian —whether she...

Friday, May 22, 2009, 10:45 AM

We need strategies, not buy Canadian mantra

We’re still in the shock phase of a global economic meltdown. Nothing else explains why some voices are still shouting “buying Canadian” is the only way to save jobs. Albeit those voices should be applauded for their nationalist zeal, the encouragement of buying Canadian is comparatively different...

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 11:10 AM

Volunteering a functional approach to violence

I once remarked in jest that banning knives would be the next proposal, followed by a scissors ban, a hammer ban and a ban on anything else that could be potentially be used as a murder weapon. I was commenting about the political drives for gun bans. Well, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel is actually...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 11:06 AM