Zeel Shah with her husband Deep Cheema and their son Rehaan Cheema, pose for a photo outside of their home in Edmonton on Friday, October 7, 2022. Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press.

The best comments from Hub readers this week

This week in Hub Forum, readers discussed many of the most pressing issues concerning Canada, including the role of critical minerals in expanding Canada’s global reach, whether Pierre Poilievre can tackle housing with Doug Ford in the picture, and the need for a Canadian CIA.

Workers remove red paint from a Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Charlottetown on Friday June 19, 2020. John Morris/The Canadian Press.

What's wrong with the West?

As long the West remains committed to perfection here on earth, we will never re-establish the stability and settled conditions that human flourishing requires. The main challenge before us now is not the realisation of a utopian dream, but finding peace and stability in a disordered world

Hundreds of people attend a rally to protect trans kids in Calgary, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press.

Canadians aren’t actually 'woke'

Culture war issues are far less settled than a lot of mainstream commentary would have Canadians believe. Polling irrefutably shows that Canadians are as inclined as Americans or Britons to disagree with a lot of the woke shibboleths that are present in the media, universities, and other major institutions.

Commissioner Justice Marie-Josee Hogue delivers her opening remarks at the Public Inquiry Into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions, Monday, January 29, 2024 in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press.

The jury is still out on the foreign interference inquiry

Faced with an intelligence culture of reticence and a political culture of winking at ethics, producing a set of reports that will serve the dual interests of reducing public anger and withdrawal from the political processes will require all the legal savvy and personal mettle Justice Hogue can muster.

The seal of Central Intelligence Agency is seen in the lobby the headquarters building in Langley, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Kevin Wolf/AP Photo.

Canada needs its own CIA

We cannot expect others to keep as watchful an eye on our well-being as they do their own. Canada’s overall security and interests must ultimately rest in Canadian hands.

A Bman carries a red heart balloon for Valentine's day in Sofia, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Valentina Petrova/AP Photo.

Where love and hate intersect

Page after page, Gaius Valerius Catullus’s all-too-human love is all too familiar to the contemporary reader. As modern as Shakespeare’s or Camoes’s sixteenth-century sonnets feel, Catullus’s poems from sixteen centuries earlier do not feel a day older.