I’m no expert, but …

Following on from my post of a few hours ago ... Let me repeat the first three words, in the title, with emphasis: I'm no expert. I know nothing about viruses and epidemiology and so on ... I do know a bit about radios and, especially, about the radio frequency spectrum, but those are not … Continue reading I’m no expert, but …

Arrant nonsense

So, I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has, finally, broken his silence on the latest act of vandalism by the cancel culture movement: the wanton and I believe planned* destruction of a statue of Sir John A Macdonald in Montreal. But rather than coming out and condemning vandalism, as grown-ups, … Continue reading Arrant nonsense

A G-something?

I said, almost two years ago, that leaders should be considering some sort of a Committee to Save the World. It's a fairly popular idea in many academic circles, in several think tanks, and in a few governments. Now I see, in a very recent article in Foreign Affairs,  that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson … Continue reading A G-something?

Did Trudeau muzzle scientists?

Do you remember, just a couple of years ago, when the CBC breathlessly announced that "It took five years, but the results of an investigation by the Information Commissioner of Canada were released and the verdict is in: the Harper government did muzzle scientists"? The investigation was "by Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault  ... [and it] … Continue reading Did Trudeau muzzle scientists?

Climate apocalypse?

A  couple of days ago, I quoted the Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson who said, "in this century, conservatives have struggled to meet the challenge of climate change."  Perhaps that's because the "challenge" has been seriously overstated. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment," winner of the Green Book Award, and the … Continue reading Climate apocalypse?

Is Conservatism Dead?

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I suspect many are thinking: "The lacklustre race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is further evidence of the impossibility of conservatism in our time." It's not that conservatism is dead, he says, but, he explains, and I agree that "in this century, … Continue reading Is Conservatism Dead?

Not inconsistent

I wrote, just yesterday, that, in my opinion, real Conservatives are free traders. Protectionists like Donald Trump, are not conservatives, at all ... they are horses of other colours entirely. But earlier I wrote, somewhat approvingly, of President Trump's notion of America being self-sufficient. His views, I suggested, marked a fundamental shift away from our … Continue reading Not inconsistent

Three Ps

John Kirk, who is a professor of Latin American studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and Stephen Kimber, a professor of journalism at the University of King's College, which is one of Canada's oldest universities (founded in 1789), have written a fairly tame critique of Canada's foreign policy for the CBC's Opinion section. They look … Continue reading Three Ps

Building a better nationalism (2)

About a year ago, at the end of a review of someone else's ideas about nationalism, I said, "I believe that, in about 1950, Canada developed a healthy nationalism, but it didn’t survive into the 1970s. It was replaced by an unreasonable dream of a socialist nirvana in which Canadians could live off the fat of the land while … Continue reading Building a better nationalism (2)

The answer is …

The Economist asks an important question: "Can Hong Kong remain a conduit between China and the world?" The short answer is: No. As The Economist says, "Hong Kong’s place in the world depends on having the rule of law, a trusted reputation and seamless access to Western financial markets." The "rule of law" is dying … Continue reading The answer is …