Cities have room to tighten belt, they don’t need a pandemic bailout

  Municipalities are feeling the pandemic pinch.  Just like their residents, municipalities are dealing with reduced income, but unlike vulnerable citizens already living near the poverty line (who have been disproportionately impacted by the covid crisis) there is plenty of room for our municipalities to tighten their belts. But begging the upper levels of government […]

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This isn’t just an American problem

  What does it mean to be a cabinet minister?  What is the point of all those years or servitude and humiliation in the name of the party?  You would presume it would be to do something, to wield power. But you look at our cabinet you’d have to wonder if the point wasn’t just […]

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The disgruntled right is organizing in Alberta

Plenty of Albertans and their businesses are leaning heavily on aid from the federal government to get through the Covid-19 crisis. So it seems an unlikely time to be organizing a new Alberta separatist party.  Surely there’s no appetite for independence when, for once, all Canada appears to be pulling together to fight a common […]

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Will the ‘silent majority’ propel Trump?

Is America great again yet? The obvious answer to that question is no, no, not at all.  So far, over 107,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and counting.  That is over a quarter of all of the world’s casualties.  Protests and riots have erupted across the country, first caused by the killing of George Floyd […]

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The growing schism between Canada, China and Huawei Technologies

Bell Canada announced on Tuesday that its 5G network partner would be Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson. While some people will shrug with indifference at this news, they really shouldn’t.  Bell just turned down (or snubbed, if you wish) a significant financial partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies, a larger, more influential organization in the telecommunications industry. […]

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The Canadian Senate as Greek Tragedy

The jockeying for status in the Senate in the wake of recent moves has some of its loudest reform proponents making renewed claims for their particular vision of what needs to happen, in spite of the fact that the move by three Independent senators to the Progressive caucus has blunted their momentum.  Case in point […]

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Trudeau’s quest for a majority government will keep him in check

Virus or no virus, pandemic or no pandemic, lockdown or no lockdown, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer free from the pesky oversight of a little institution we like to call Parliament.  As we all know by now, thanks to the able assistance of the New Democrats […]

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Race riots are socially destructive and may help to re-elect Trump

Riots across the country.  Dozens of them, every night. Blood all over the streets.  Broken glass crunching underfoot.  Tear gas and smouldering police cars combining to produce a stench that is as unbearable as it is unforgettable.  Fear is everywhere, tight as the zip ties on a protestor’s wrists.   The protestors?  After night and night of this, they are […]

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Justin Trudeau’s legacy is in the making

When future historians look back upon Justin Trudeau’s tenure in office, one of the chief components of his legacy they will judge will be he and his cabinet’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Did Trudeau respond quickly enough to the virus?  Was he a competent communicator to the public throughout the crisis?  Were the new […]

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