Sometimes we get caught up in the details of politics and don’t see the big picture. What is the problem we’re trying to solve? Does this or that solution help? There’s been immense interest in Conservative MP Michael Chong’s proposed Reform Act. Political analysts have brought up precedents and international comparisons, history lessons, Parliamentary evolution, and more.
We’re losing the forest for the trees.
The problem is simple: [Read more…]
I took a look at Fort McMurray after the crude oil crash, in ’09. I was curious how a boom town looked turning bust.
The full article is linked above, an excerpt below: [Read more…]
When Nelson Mandela died last week, the world did not mourn, it rejoiced that he had lived. That reaction is itself remarkable, but the breadth of it is more so. Africa, the West, the Arab world, the Subcontinent, the Far East, all cried out their thanks to him with one voice. That any man could be so loved by the world is remarkable. That it could be a revolutionary and political leader seems almost impossible.
There has probably never been a man as admired by such a range of the earth’s people as this. With over 90 heads of state attending his memorial, it will be the largest such gathering in history. (If you have any suggestion of others who have been held in similar regard, please post below).
That this is testament to the man goes without saying. It also says something about us.
Discussing conservative reaction to the Senate scandal, and the dangers of the growth of power of the prime minister’s office. I was floored by the view from the CTV studio. Check the video here:
Discussing ethics and partisanship, and the implications of the Senate scandal, in the beautiful House of Commons foyer. I was a reader (and fan) of Don Martin‘s Calgary Herald articles back when I first got involved in politics, so it was cool to talk with him. Of course, I was an even bigger reader of this Don Martin, but I guess that’s not relevant.
Here’s the interview: CTV News Channel Power Play
Slings & Arrows is one of the great shows of television’s New Golden Age, and one of its least known. It’s a tragedy, in that such a treasure of art and entertainment has in effect lain dormant, and all who have not watched it are so much the poorer for it. But we may still be captains of our fate!
In 2008 I got caught up in a Singularity frenzy and wrote several articles on the subject of computers reaching (and immediately surpassing) human-like intelligence. There was one for the Montreal Gazette, one for Urban Male Magazine (believe it or not) and a great one for Radar, which folded as a print mag just before my article. Not my fault!
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My first article after a few years break was a political comment in the Ottawa Citizen on the (temporarily latest) Senate scandal.
They took out my favourite line, which had to do with ducks, but otherwise I’m happy with it.
The argument was pretty straightforward, but had really not been voiced.
The conservative mindset understands that power tends to corrupt. How far will we let it corrupt us? I have been involved in party work for more than a decade and I call on other party members to demand answers, or resignation from our leader.