Allan Richarz

Allan Richarz is a privacy lawyer in Toronto.

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On COVID restrictions, our governments keep firing up the gaslights and shifting the goalposts

Until public opinion turns sharply against government overreach, we will continue to live in an artificially-prolonged state of emergency, writes privacy lawyer Allan Richarz.

Mandating 'vaccination passports' for access to services, travel would be a violation of civil liberties

Such proof-of-vaccination requirements are ripe for backsliding towards discrimination and stigma, as well as creating inequitable outcomes globally, with the harms arising far outweighing the purported benefits, writes Allan Richarz.

Trump's direct engagement with North Korea is the first big idea on the file in decades

North Korea has long flummoxed successive U.S. administrations, due in no small part to the doctrinal paralysis and lack of imagination among U.S. policymakers. Perhaps, then, Trump's outreach to Kim Jong-un should not be discounted out of hand. 

Populist wins come as no surprise to those whose heads are not embedded in the sand

This week's U.S. midterm election results, in which Democrats regained control of the House but were dealt a stiff setback in the Senate, proved less a blue wave than a light misting; hardly the wholesale repudiation of President Donald Trump that some had hoped for.

Why 'owning the libs' might actually be good political strategy

Old-school conservatives must now recognize and accept the effectiveness of modern online outreach. And if that means "owning" a few libs along the way, then so be it.

Political comedy has morphed from good-natured and broadly appealing to preachy and partisan

Humour certainly evolves, but the unseemly alliance of comedians, politicians and news media now flourishing flies contrary to the anti-establishment trails blazed by generations of comedians prior.

The Trump rule of social media reporting: tweet first, verify later

There are long-term consequences here. Each fantastical claim tweeted out to great fanfare and then quietly retracted hours later is one more hit against the reputation of news media

Bureaucrats remain fixated on protecting kids from that terrifying condition known as 'childhood'

Rather than following the Japanese model and encouraging children to confidently take on new tasks, the trend in Canada is to leave them smothered and fearful.

The left and the right are in an all-out outrage arms race

After years on the defensive, conservatives are annexing some territory in America's troubling war of hurt feelings and faux outrage. The recent controversies over a Kathy Griffin stunt and a Julius Caesar production are only two such examples.

In Donald Trump, progressives see their hypocrisies laid bare

In just a few short months, Trump has done more to upend the established political order than progressives have in the past 30 years.