Front page shame

This was the front page of the Globe and Mail just the other day: It is beyond shameful that 39 Canadian communities are still under boil water advisories. But the problem is not just boil water advisories, Corinna Dally-Starna, in an article in The Conversation, an independent journal established by the Canadian academic and researchContinue reading “Front page shame”

Justin Trudeau is a fool

In 1948 the United Nations formally codified genocide as a great crime against humanity. The concept was new, even the word was new, it was “first coined by Polish lawyer Raphäel Lemkin in 1944 in his book Axis Rule in Occupied Europe. It consists of the Greek prefix genos, meaning race or tribe, and the LatinContinue reading “Justin Trudeau is a fool”

Pipelines, anyone?

With apologies to Charles Dickens: ‘Keystone XL was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Biden signed it: and Biden’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.Continue reading “Pipelines, anyone?”

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fullyContinue reading “It is time”

I’m blaming others …

… for this post. I tried to explain, simply, Ihoped, to an acquaintance why getting cheap, reliable high-speed Internet service to remote areas is so difficult. I was encouraged to say more and here are some thoughts. First, a bit of history. The way we, the whole world, “built-out” first telephone, then cable TV andContinue reading “I’m blaming others …”

This says it all …

… doesn’t it? That fellow enjoying a glass of nice, clean water is Marc Miller, Prime Minister Trudeau’s Indigenous Services Minister, telling Indigenous Canadians that Justin Trudeau’s promise … … wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on. Did Prime Minister Trudeau ever intend to keep his promise? Of course he did, he always believesContinue reading “This says it all …”

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)”

In the national interest

David Pugliese, one of only a tiny handful of Canadian journalists who writes knowledgeably about defence issues says, in a recent item in the Ottawa Citizen, that “the new CDS [Chief of the Defence Staff ~ the officer who replace retiring General Jon Vance] is expected to face the challenge of dealing with significant budgetContinue reading “In the national interest”

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*”