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 …

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, …

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that “As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus …

Another “exactly right” notion

David Staples, an award-winning journalist, writing about a week ago in the Edmonton Journal, got it exactly right. After noting, correctly, that “There are a good number of sober, sensible actions that will change the world from a smoggy and smoky place into a clean and prosperous home for us all … [but] … Lashing out …

Trudeau’s best hope

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, warns that “Financial crises can benefit a party in government, if voters decide the leader is capable and committed … [as they did, he says, with only Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper over the last 65 years] … More often, they’re a political disaster … [and, he …

What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical ‘South Pacific’ had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to …

Another kick in the groin … and we need to recover

I see an article by Robert Fife and Marieke Walsh in the Globe and Mail which says that “Teck Resources Ltd. is pulling its application for the massive Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta, citing the need for Canada to finalize its climate-change policies and determine how resource development fits within them … [and] … After …

This will not solve anything

So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different. …

Getting it all wrong

Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he “grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrific …

A monumentally stupid and dangerous idea

A Reuters report, by Steve Scherer, published in the Globe and Mail, suggests that the Trudeau-Freeland Liberals, probably advised by Calgary Mayor ⇐ Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor ⇒ Don Ivison, are preparing an economic “aid” package for Alberta to be unveiled when (perhaps only if?) they refuse to allow the Teck Resources’ Frontier mine …