Wishing him well

So, Britsh Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the Intensive Care Unit as he battles the COVID-19 infection. I'm sure all people of goodwill, no matter what their political leanings, will all wish him well. His Foreign Secretary and unofficial deputy Dominic Raab has assumed day-to-day control of the British government. Mr Raab, a lawyer, … Continue reading Wishing him well

Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that "The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergic … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and statistics

Really?

I have written twice, recently, about why Canada and the USA should work together to achieve a substantial measure of continental self-sufficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the existing global supply chains need to be re-evaluated for broader strategic goals ~ not just national security and military aspects, including e.g. the 5G networks, … Continue reading Really?

A bloody disgrace

I saw this, in the Montreal Gazette: "Jewish leaders called on citizens and police forces to be wary of making their communities the scapegoats for the COVID-19 crisis as unwarranted denunciations and anti-Semitic incidents rise in Montreal ... [for example] ... The heightened awareness has led to police being called to Outremont synagogues three times … Continue reading A bloody disgrace

Doug Ford

Doug Ford was not my first choice to be the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCPO), nor was he my second or even third choice.  I worried about his populist streak and his lack of policy experience. Canada's biggest and most important province, I thought (and still think), does not need a … Continue reading Doug Ford

Self-sufficiency

The National Post, in an editorial-like, unsigned, "National Post View" says that "The global pandemic is forcing Canadians to consider, for the first time in generations, how precarious our standard of living has become. International trade has contributed greatly to our prosperity. Canadian resources, innovations and services are valued the world over — when it … Continue reading Self-sufficiency

Typical … and dumb

Ryan Tumilty, writing in the National Post, reports that "Politicians warned Wednesday Canadians can expect weeks or months of social distancing, but declined to reveal their own models or estimates of just how many people could become infected or die of COVID-19 ... [but] ... While federal and provincial leaders stressed the need for Canadians to … Continue reading Typical … and dumb