The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

Michael Geist, who is the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa's faculty of law, writes, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that, "a government-appointed panel tasked with reviewing Canada’s broadcast and telecommunications laws is likely to recommend new regulations for internet streaming companies such as Netflix, … Continue reading The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

Getting the UN thing right

Mike Blanchfield, writing for the Canadian Press, says, in an article published by the National Observer, that "The ill will of autocratic countries like China, and some worthy head-on competitors, should compel the Trudeau government to campaign harder for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, analysts said Friday." Those analysts are wrong. The … Continue reading Getting the UN thing right

NORAD and nuclear power: opportunities, not problems

One of the elements which might be considered in modernizing and enhancing the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD)'s surveillance, warning and control system is a new radar and some people have suggested that the AN/SPY-7(V)1 radar, sometimes called Aegis Ashore, might be a useful (and proven, it is in use, on land, in Japan, … Continue reading NORAD and nuclear power: opportunities, not problems

How bilingual? (2)

Rosemary Barton, CBC News' newly-minted Chief Political Correspondent visits my issue of "How bilingual?" in an Analysis (in reality and opinion piece) which could, pretty clearly, have been written by any recent Liberal prime minister's Director of Communications. (Maybe she's looking for a new job given that Kate Purchase jumped ship in late December and … Continue reading How bilingual? (2)

A good question

Noted historian Niall Ferguson asks, on social media: He said, in an interview with CNBC, that "there's a cognitive dissonance at the heart of Davos ... [because] ... Publicly, you have to agree with Greta Thunberg and you have to be part of the virtue-signaling community on climate change, on ESG ... [but] ... Privately, … Continue reading A good question

How to lose the next election

Jonathan Kay, an excellent journalist and commentator, posted this on social media a couple of days ago: This is the full image: That is, I think, what we are watching the Democratic Party do in the United States this year. It is why I continue, quite confidently, to predict that Donald J Trump will be … Continue reading How to lose the next election

Happy Australia Day …

... to all my family and friends and readers in the great and beautiful "land down under." Australia Day marks the anniversary of the day, in 1788, when "Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain, and the first Governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove on 26 January and raised the Union Jack to … Continue reading Happy Australia Day …

More on immigration

Linda Nazareth, who is an economist and a self-described 'futurist,' and a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written a useful opinion piece for that journal in which she follows up on some thoughts from the World Economic Forum. The world she (and they) says can be seen like this*: Most of Africa, … Continue reading More on immigration

How bilingual?

There is a provocative opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, by journalist, author and publisher Kenneth Whyte, who is, also, Chair of the Board of the (fairly conservative) Donner Canadian Foundation, which did not, I think, get sufficient attention. In it, he says that it’s time the Conservative Party reconsidered its unstated but very … Continue reading How bilingual?

Wrong, again

I do not follow Cangal48 on social media, but someone I do follow rebroadcast this post: I said, before, about a week ago that Cangal48 (and US Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy) was oversimplifying; she's doing it again. What she is doing is putting her somewhat politically puritanical views ahead of the good of the … Continue reading Wrong, again