The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper's PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party's HQ all read and take … Continue reading The Conservative problem

A bonanza of fool’s gold

Dr Zachary Karabell, a well-known investment advisor, author and commentator, reminds us, in an article in Foreign Affairs, that "Most Americans learned in school that the New Deal, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s sweeping response to the Great Depression, was a turning point in U.S. history. For 90 years, the progressive projects and reforms collected under … Continue reading A bonanza of fool’s gold

It’s time for a change

Please have a quick look at this (less than two minutes long) video ... ... from the US newsmagazine programme, 60 Minutes. Now, BlueDot is a Canadian company and amongst its clients are the Government of Canada: ... so, in addition to the Canadian military reports, which were made in early January, someone in the … Continue reading It’s time for a change

What matters

Following on from yesterday, and as I approach my next birthday (my 80th birthday is only a couple of years away) I have had recent occasion to reexamine some of my core beliefs. First, over the last 77+ years, I have lived and worked all over the world. One thing I learned is that ALL … Continue reading What matters

Not racist, just dumb

Recent comments by Conservative MP and leadership candidate Deek Sloan have caused quite a stir: Mr Sloan has tried to explain that his remarks were not based on Dr Theresa Tams' sex or race but, rather, on her actions during the COVID-19 emergency when she appeared to be too strenuous in toeing the WHO and … Continue reading Not racist, just dumb

The first plan

I see that Saskatchewan is the first province to announce its plan to reopen. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, "Saskatchewan has laid out a detailed, comprehensive plan to reopen its economy, the first province in the country to do so ... [and] ...The plan, laid out in five phases, will start … Continue reading The first plan

A big idea

So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau's government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, "Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate for … Continue reading A big idea

Getting Canada on the right track

David Mulroney, a former very senior official and Canada's ambassador to China, said, on social media, a few days ago, that "Serious countries like the UK, France and Australia have spoken frankly about the cost of China's lack of transparency in the Covid19 pandemic, something that will almost certainly shape their policies post-crisis. This offers … Continue reading Getting Canada on the right track

It’s time to plan the next step

Following on from yesterday, I see an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Dr Eric Hoskins, a physician and the former Health Minister of Ontario, who says that "Here’s the COVID-19-related question I am asked most: “When will life get back to normal?” There is no definitive answer, unfortunately. But there are important, … Continue reading It’s time to plan the next step