When the chain of command breaks down

I thought it was outrageous then, and I think it’s even more outrageous now. ... Read More

The Hill Times’ front page

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Dear Liberals: This is what you owe Justin Trudeau

[This is an update of a previous entry. It's needed.] Dear Liberals: In the past couple years, whenever Justin Trudeau has made a bad joke or an ill-considered remark – about Ukrainian protestors, about Chinese dictatorships, about the Boston bombings... Read More

Anti-Turbine Families Can Suck It Up

There’s no way you are going to initiate a legal action without having been told what the costs might be if you lose.  And if your case is a constitutional challenge based on a “novel reading of the law”, you... Read More

Justin’s plunging "inevitability" numbers

Warren Kinsella at the Hill Times: … a few days ago… Abacus’ poll showed … that, between last August and now, Justin Trudeau’s inevitability had slipped 15 percentage points. That is, a lot fewer folks expected him to win, now. Fifteen... Read More

CrossTalk on the murder of Boris Nemtsov

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Patrick Brown victory on May 9 means eight more years of political irrelevance for PCs

The deadline has passed for signing up new Ontario Progressive Conservative party members who will be eligible to cast a preferential ballot in the one-member, one-vote election on May 9. Early reports following the cut-off are far from encouraging when... Read More

Axelrod on losing the narrative

The Globe scored a bit of coup, and got former Barack Obama (and former Dalton McGuinty!) advisor David Axelrod to talk to them over the weekend.  He provided some fascinating insights, among them: “We turned him into kind of an... Read More

Free political advice

Don’t (a) plead for a call from a respected former Prime Minister (b) promise to keep it confidential (c) then tweet about the call, while (d) making it sound like he called you first. Thus, sent along by a brilliant... Read More

In this week’s Hill Times: when you drop 15 points

You’re the incumbent, you’re smart, you’ve got plenty of experience, but you can’t get ahead in the polls. So what do you do? You call for a series of leaders’ debates, that’s what you do.  Stephen Harper, however much he... Read More

Own a bit of the Starship Enterprise

The passing of Spock – and an imminent move – reminded me of the treasure trove of Star Trek Stuff I own. Among the Trek gems: two original (and authentic) series scripts used by Walter Koenig in Operation Earth and The... Read More

World War 3 news and updates … March 1

Some of the countries in it, either in major or minor roles:USA, UK, Canada,  Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger... Read More

Sound advice from Edward Snowden to thinking Canadians on Harper’s "anti-terror bill"

In such a short period of time, the Conservative party of Canada has changed this lovely once-was-neutral country to a lackey of the warmongering police state USA.  All relevant links at link below.Zi-Ann Lum writing at HuffingtonPost: Edward Snowden Warns... Read More

Leonard Nimoy

I don’t know where this is, but isn’t it great?It was posted on the #LeonardNimoy thread at Twitter, where William Shatner is doing a tribute.Saw this a few minutes ago. I involuntarily gasped and had a hard time holding it... Read More

Who is a “traitor to the Liberal Party” now?

A few weeks ago, when some nice folks were encouraging me to run for the Liberal nomination in Toronto Danforth, I finally met with one of Justin Trudeau’s most senior advisers.  There ensued some jousting, and then we got around... Read More

Republished: Religion poll is a waste of paper

My second (and last) editorial in The Gateway while at the University of Alberta, salvaged via the Web Archive. The paper had a policy where writers were forbidden from submitting letters or opinion pieces if they were the subject of... Read More

Nestor does it again!

Daniel Nestor and Rohan Bopanna have won the Dubai doubles championship in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-1Canada is always proud of you, Daniel! ... Read More

Republished: There’s no ‘God’ in graduation

This was the first article I wrote for a student newspaper and in a way it’s somewhat historic. In 2008, the University of Alberta Atheists & Agnostics started campaigning for a secular convocation charge. When our initial request was ignored,... Read More

Republished: The Christians are coming!

Another old article, this one a review of Marci McDonald’s 2010 expose on the influence of the Christian Right in Canadian politics. Still relevant given that Harper has since gained his majority government and faces another election in October. The... Read More

Republished: Let’s bring reason back to politics

As part of my attempt to get back into writing this blog, I’ve been going back through my list of published articles and making sure they’re all still live. Many of the links have changed in the years since I... Read More