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Perennial award-winning columnist and radio commentator, Mark Bonokoski is Sun Media's former national editorial writer. His career as a columnist began with the Toronto Sun in 1977. Between 1988 and 1991, he served as Sun Media's European Bureau Chief, stationed in London, covering such events as the troubles in Northern Ireland, the terrorist bombing of the Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1991, he was named Editor of the Ottawa Sun and, in 1997, he was appointed the newspaper's Publisher and CEO. He returned to his writer's roots in 2000 as National Affairs columnist for Sun Media, and then returned to the Toronto Sun as a columnist in 2002 until his appointment in 2010 as National Editorial Writer for the Sun chain.


FBI Director James Comey speaks during the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

No evidence — surprise! — that Obama tapped Trump

The man the Democrats wanted hanged for derailing their chance at the Oval Office, FBI Director James Comey, testified before the House intelligence committee Monday to flatly deny there was any evidence to back Donald Trump’s bombshell accusation that the Obama administration had illegally spied on his campaign.

This combination shows U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (DON EMMERT/TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Stormy weather blowing in on many Trump-Merkel fronts

Despite impending fierce winter weather postponing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Tuesday meeting in Washington with worlds-apart U.S. President Donald Trump, the subsequent joint press conference now slated for Friday could well derail in short order.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., while Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud in the background, Feb. 27, 2017. (JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump hits reset button with Congress speech

It was billed as U.S. President Donald Trump’s chance to hit the reset button on a tumultuous first five weeks in the Oval Office — via the biggest speech he had yet to give.

Protesters against a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on the University of California at Berkeley campus march on Telegraph Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. A small group of people with their faces covered broke windows, hurled fireworks at police officers and threw smoke bombs, prompting UC Berkeley officials to cancel Yiannopoulos's talk Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) ORG XMIT: CABM117

Berkeley riots 'sadly ironic' at home of free speech

How sadly ironic that the home of the 1964 Free Speech Movement — the University of California at Berkeley — was the scene of a violent and ugly protest Wednesday night that successfully stopped the constitutional right to free speech.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a WE day celebration in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The partisanship of a non-partisan Senate plurality

While the Senate is not required to have a No Vacancy sign out front following Justin Trudeau’s most recent nods of approval, there will nonetheless be a trio of offices available in January when three senators reach their expiry date.

This combination of pictures created on Nov. 8, 2016 shows Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 27, 2016 and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Reno, Nev. on Nov. 5, 2016.,(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

This wasn’t a presidential election, it was a civil war

It wasn’t exactly Gettysburg, with the blood spilled in the battleground states only figurative, but this presidential election was as close to a civil war in America as raw trench politics could muster.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on during an event at Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 11, 2016. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Hidden cameras reveal Clinton dirty-tricks campaign

On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, to be held by ironic providence in the sin city of Las Vegas, an undercover team with hidden cameras has begun exposing the dirty tricks orchestrated and played out by operatives deep within Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) listens during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Debate was as ugly as it gets, but The Donald won the day

Believing it would get downright ugly, the first face-to-face debate of U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was being billed as the Smackdown at the Mack, its prize-fight venue being the David S. Mack sports complex at New York’s Hofstra University.

Austin Chapleau suffered third-degree burns to his face, arms and chest March 31, 2013, when a pot of oil accidentally caught fire while he was cooking dinner in his family's Bancroft home. (Submitted photo)

Heroic Austin needs a little help

It is unlikely you have heard of Austin Chapleau, a 15-year-old kid from my neck of the woods, here in the near north in Ontario.