The St. Matthew's Day Banquet in Hamburg has been a big date on the German city's social calendar for more than six centuries. Everyone who's anyone in Hamburg attends. Under the gilded roof of the historic town hall's palatial banquet room, keynote speakers - each year, a German dignitary and a foreign guest - discuss the great matters of the day before hundreds of revelers.
Justin Trudeau has discovered Europe. The prime minister had hoped to find there a counterweight to Canada's economic dependence on the U.S. He found instead a continent anxious about American intentions and desperate to find someone who could interpret Donald Trump.
Almost a decade ago, Montreal philosopher Charles Taylor - one of Canada's leading intellectuals - co-presided over a provincial commission on religious accommodation that recommended, among other measures, that Quebec impose a secular dress code on the province's judges and police forces.
OK. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have met. They did not get into a slanging match. They did agree that Canada and the U.S. are the best of pals. They issued a bland but not unimportant joint communiquÈ.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Donald Trump handed Justin Trudeau the rose he coveted on Monday in Washington. Like all roses, it comes with thorns. Only time will tell whether those thorns matter more than the flower itself.
The life of food animals on the move is not pleasant. On their way to slaughter, they may be transported over great distances in uninsulated and overcrowded trucks. They rarely have room to lie down. In the summer, they suffer from extreme heat. In the winter, they endure frigid cold.
In the eternal balancing act of Canadian Liberalism, it's a week for tilting left. One after another, cabinet ministers are lining up to resuscitate programs that please the Liberal base and that the Harper Conservatives fought tooth and nail.