What’s needed

So, another Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, this one by Brian Gable, gets right to the point: Another “watchdog” is going to do exactly nothing. The former Ombudsman did his job, he did the right thing. The problem was that the political leadership ~ specifically Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan ~ decided to ignore him andContinue reading “What’s needed”

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”

The link

So, I saw a report by Bill Curry, in the Globe and Mail, regarding an exchange of e-mails between high-level Liberal political staffers regarding the advice that the public service provides. He explains that “It is unusual for the internal e-mails of political staff to be released publicly, as such records are normally exempt fromContinue reading “The link”

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”

Unacceptable

I see, in a Canadian Press report, from about a week ago, that the Information Commissioner, Caroline Maynard (top) has rapped the knuckles of the Privy Council Office, headed by Ian Shugart (bottom) who is, arguably, the most powerful unelected person in Canada’s government, and that includes Katie Telford. The problem is bureaucratic arse-covering. OfficialsContinue reading “Unacceptable”

The right thing to do

Way back in July of 2016 I suggested that Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Tim Kaine would be better choices than either President Donald J Trump or Senator Hillary Clinton for the office of President of the United States. Events suggest I may have been right. Now it seems, according to some media reports,Continue reading “The right thing to do”

It’s 2021 …

… and I note that the United Nations says that “The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.“ Isn’t that grand? We have a body, it meets in Geneva ~ lovely city,Continue reading “It’s 2021 …”

Losing the struggle for values

Dr Zack Cooper a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Laura Rosenberger, a Senior Fellow at and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, DC, say, in an article in Foreign Affairs that in “today’s competition between democracies and authoritarian powers is more than a power struggle: values lie at itsContinue reading “Losing the struggle for values”

About the Great Reset

OK, first, The Great Reset is NOT some kooky conspiracy theory … no matter what fruitcakes like Glen Beck and the people behind QAnon might think. The Great Reset is a real plan by a real organization, the World Economic Forum ~ you know those people, including the rich and famous and world political leaders,Continue reading “About the Great Reset”

Biden’s world in 2021

Following on from yesterday’s discussion of what a Biden foreign policy might mean for Canada, I see, in The Economist, a very useful forecast signed* by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of that journal that looks at the forces that might shape the post-COVID-19 and post-Trump world. She says that “Some years loom large inContinue reading “Biden’s world in 2021”