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 and …

Being Conservatively green

Two images caught my eye in the past few weeks: First was this ↑ ~ wind turbine blades being stored in a sort of landfill because they cannot be recycled. There was a similar image of solar panels which, likewise, cannot be recycled. Each has a real, not terribly long, service life. Each creates real …

America is divided, not broken

I see opinion piece after opinion piece, like a column by Andrew Coyne and this one in the Globe and Mail, that all say “America is broken.” America has been even more deeply divided before, so deeply divided that it fought a long and extraordinarily bloody civil war … … to sort itself out. Then …

Choices

So, I read an article in the Globe and Mail that said, regarding the forthcoming (in just a week) US election, that “A lot is at stake during this election. Among the issues that are at the forefront is climate justice, increased poverty, access to health care, and an uninformed response to the pandemic.” What, …

Boring, but vital

There are few things more boring than discussions of tax reform. Once a year, or so, most of us grumble about how complicated the tax system is ~ I have commented on Rita Trichur’s idea about that, by the way ~ but then we forget it. Jack Mintz, writing in the Financial Post, says that …

The right thing to do?

John Ibbitson, who is described as “a writer-at-large” for the Globe and Mail (I think that means senior columnist who is given carte balance on topics) and David Parkinson, who is the Good Grey Globe’s economics columnist have, in an opinion piece, opened the pandora’s box of a universal basic income. Bravo! And medals for …

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 …

Parliament must work

John Ibbitson reported, in the Globe and Mail, that “The House of Commons unanimously approved wage-subsidy legislation, Saturday afternoon, while Conservatives and Liberals disputed when and how Parliament should meet again … [and] … A smattering of MPs — only 20 are required for quorum — met briefly to approve the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy … …

Resetting our foreign policy

It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s white paper on foreign policy, ‘A Foreign Policy for Canadians,’ as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way to …

The 5G dilemma

In the midst of the turmoil caused by climate-activists shutting down important parts of the Canadian economy, and Justin Trudeau’s ongoing failure to even try to act like a grownup, much less like a leader, other issues are liable to be forgotten. But, I see, according to an article in the Globe and Mail, that …