The problem is simple enough

One of the problems facing Canadians, especially those who live in cities, is easy enough to understand: gangs, often gangs of armed young people, mostly young men and too often young aboriginal men or “people of colour,” are engaged in criminal activities and they are often at war with other gangs and they use guns,Continue reading “The problem is simple enough”

Losing the struggle for values

Dr Zack Cooper a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Laura Rosenberger, a Senior Fellow at and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, DC, say, in an article in Foreign Affairs that in “today’s competition between democracies and authoritarian powers is more than a power struggle: values lie at itsContinue reading “Losing the struggle for values”

Saving the Canadian media (2)

So, a bit before Christmas I saw this on social media: W. Jeffrey Brown is the founder of Fourth Estate which proclaims that its role is “To contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.“ The word sustainable caught my eye. Traditionally, since the 18th century, theContinue reading “Saving the Canadian media (2)”

Do Something (2)

A few weeks ago I was horrified to read about the 25 year long water problems that continue to plague the Neskantaga First Nation in North-Western Ontario ~ yes you read that right: it’s been 25 years since these Canadians have had clean, potable water! I begged the government to Do Something! and I offeredContinue reading “Do Something (2)”

Cultural madness

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Justin Trudeau and Steven Guilbeault want to further regulate the broadcasting services in Canada. Their goals seem to be, in part, a cash grab ~ online streaming services, like Netflix, are offering Canadians, for a price, what they want, while the CBC offers Canadians, thanks to aContinue reading “Cultural madness”

Getting it exactly wrong

In my arguments that try to encourage the Conservative Party to explore the possibility of a Universal Basic Income/Guaranteed Annual Income based on Milton Friedman’s idea of a Negative Income Tax, I stress that there must be one basic principle: “people who work will always make more than people who don’t.” But, as I mentionedContinue reading “Getting it exactly wrong”

Disappointed

I supported Erin O’Toole in his quest for the Conservative Party leadership in 2017 and again in 2020. But I share the Globe and Mail‘s columnist Andrew Coyne’s disappointment at both the carefully contrived language and, worse, the sentiment that Mr O’Toole showed in caving-in, no other word for it, to Québec Premier François Legault’sContinue reading “Disappointed”

A strategy of resilience

Professor Ganesh Sitaraman (Vanderbilt University) is a moderate progressive Democrat in US terms. He has been a policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren ~ he is well to the right of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and, probably, very slightly to the left of Joe Biden. He has written a provocative article in Foreign AffairsContinue reading “A strategy of resilience”

What’s wrong with Wexit? Everything*

Journalist and sometimes politician Stephen Taylor, writing in the National Post, says, and I agree with him, fully, that “The existence of the Wexit movement is a national tragedy … [because] … The Wexit movement is the latest uproar of Canadian regional populism. Canada’s bifurcation of haves and have-nots, contented and aggrieved, elites and non-elitesContinue reading “What’s wrong with Wexit? Everything*”

Democracy is in peril

About 1,500 years ago, in Saxon England, the nobles of the realm, the bishops, abbots (and abbesses) and the ealdormen and thegns and others would gather, fairly regularly, in an assembly to advise and, sometimes, to constrain the king. In a very typically English manner, they hit upon the notion that the kings were not,Continue reading “Democracy is in peril”