A couple of weeks ago John Ibbitson wrote, in the Globe and Mail, that "At the moment, Canada enjoys the unique competitive advantage of being the only major developed, English-speaking country that hasn’t gone crazy." He was speaking about immigration policy and specifically about America's (actually Donald Trump's) decision to restrict immigration and Britain's decisions … Continue reading Education
I see in The Guardian that "seven former Conservative and Labour UK foreign secretaries have come together to declare ...[that] ... Britain must take the lead in co-ordinating the international response to China’s efforts to impose draconian security laws in Hong Kong." They have written a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggesting that … Continue reading Don’t talk, Act!
Almost a year ago I deemed a Globe and Mail proposal (made in an editorial) to be nonsense. Now the Good Grey Globe is back at it, in another editorial, from about three weeks ago, in which they actually explain what the problem is ~ "The unsettling rise in gang violence and shootings in (mostly) … Continue reading Still on the wrong track
A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that "Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance." Not much has changed, has it? He also said that … Continue reading Is Canada broken?
The Gatestone Institute is a strongly conservative, pro-Zionist and some say anti-Muslim, American think tank founded by Nina Rosenwald and headed, for a time, by John Bolton. Ms Rosenwald comes by her Zionism honestly, she is the heiress to the Sears, Roebuck fortune and, equally, heiress to a long tradition of Rosenwald philanthropy that included, … Continue reading Failing the test
This, from MIT, the prestigious US university, might be very big news: "New research by engineers at MIT and elsewhere could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as one of the battery’s two electrodes, the anode." The article … Continue reading Some BIG news
I have written, several times before about the precariat (which is sometimes defined as a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare). The main problem of the precariat is the very precariousness (hence the term) of its day-to-day and … Continue reading The Precariat squared
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
That's the question the Globe and Mail's Robyn Urbach asked in an opinion piece last week. The issue is Québec's Loi 21 ~ the bill that forbids public employees, like teachers and police officers from wearing a hijab or a kippah or a turban ~ it's an act which Ms Urbach describes as being "an … Continue reading Will Ottawa ever do the right thing?
Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: "The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral … Continue reading Making Conservatism work