You've stumbled upon my website dedicated to my writing. Although wasn't my day job, for more than 16 years I wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun. It also occasionally appeared in other Sun papers, as well as having been a regular weekly columnist for The National Post, London Free Press and the Toronto Sun. Until its demise I was a regular "pundit" appearing on the Sun News Network. Through my Twitter "work" I have appeared regularly in numerous publications such as CNN, the Huffington Post, the CBC and even Al Jazeera. I frequently appear as a top "#cdnpoli influencer" (whatever that is) on Twitter. I also have written freelance articles for several magazines like Canadian Lawyer Magazine and other publications.
Since the end of August I have been doing a weekly radio show with Steven Kerzner (Ed the Sock's human alter ego) on Canadian politics. It ran throughout the 2015 federal election and is still going.
I was also asked during the 2015 election to do a cameo by the good people at Truth Mashup - a satire video channel - for a project called "Harper History" looking back at the 2015 election from 2025. They're funny people and I had a lot of fun with their 6-part mini-series.
I've archived some of my columns on my blog here: Stephen's Parking Space. And it's free! Where are the rest of the columns from the last few years? Glad you asked. Let me direct your attention to the book on the right. If you write long enough eventually you have enough material for a book. A Chip Off The Old Writer's Block is a collection of almost 100 of my best columns (okay, maybe not best, but some of them are pretty good) and is available now as an eBook. That's right - technology baby. It is also available on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. While you're at it, check out my World War II thriller, The Last Blitzkrieg.
I'm currently working on other writing and also do some public speaking and political commentary on my blog and as a devoted Twitterer.
On this website you'll also find a short tribute to my late father, Toronto Star columnist Gary Lautens who passed away more than 20 year ago now. There's also a short biography and two of his favourite columns reproduced here. Look for his columns in "Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Treasury", "Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul", and "Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul". (That's a lot of Chicken Soup.)
Speaking of which, my own stories have appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books - 4 so far with the most recent in February, 2015. One of my stories appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul" (May, 2008). Pretty appropriate, eh? I've already cashed my cheque and blown it on a tank of gas, so I'm not getting rich on sales, but I do like the article (page 252 - thanks for asking).
Another story of mine appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul - O Canada, The Wonders of Winter,in 2013 and again in 2014 in Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas in Canada, and 2015's Chicken Soup for the Soul - Hope & Miracles available in better bookstores, airports and book clubs all over the western hemisphere.
For a look at my slightly more scholarly writing, check my recent cover stories for Canadian Lawyer Magazine.