Let’s get innovative

This report from Bloomberg News enunciates the real challenge facing President Biden. America is no longer the world’s most innovative nation. That distinction goes to South Korea. In fact, America dropped out of the Top 10, entirely: The top ten are South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Finland, the Netherlands and Austria. America,Continue reading “Let’s get innovative”

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 …”

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 realContinue reading “Being Conservatively green”

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. ThenContinue reading “America is divided, not broken”

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 thatContinue reading “Boring, but vital”

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 forContinue reading “The right thing to do?”

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 forContinue reading “A big idea”

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 …Continue reading “Parliament must work”

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 toContinue reading “Resetting our foreign policy”