Precious but obsolete?

100 years ago, young men did not usually rise to positions of power and authority until what are now considered retirement ages for many. Women didn’t get there at any age. Young men started a Junior Chamber of Commerce to help young men between 18 and 40 develop leadership skills. The organization eventually grew into […]

Dystopian human future

Aug. 20,2022 Worker Productivity Score is the latest sinister technological term I find horrifying and outrageous. Companies like Amazon can and do monitor and control every aspect of their employees’ behaviour and performance every minute. Employees are as tightly managed as caged chickens in an agribusiness egg factory. It is part of the economic model […]

Teaching financial dependence

Teaching financial dependence I have a quandary about social assistance. On the one hand, I believe we have to provide decent shelter and care for everyone. On the other, I worry we risk teaching people they are suckers to manage their incomes and savings responsibly and prepare for their retirement. When people need assisted living […]

Trudeau achieves greatness

February 23, 2022 I’ve been with Trudeau from the beginning on the pandemic and the convoy insurrection. I think it will become a proud part of Canadian history. At first many Canadians were angry he was standing back. What reason would a Prime Minister have to meet with a group holding Canada’s national Capitol hostage, […]

Newspaper death throes

Together we are killing the golden goose that brings us information we need to protect and monitor our lives, families, incomes, laws and freedoms.

Legs, thighs, owner benefits

A friend sent me a collection of old newspaper and magazine ads from the past century. Some things change. One doesn’t. Modern day ads don’t promote the health benefits of cigarettes, cocaine or alcohol and opium tonics. Women’s legs and thighs, however, are still a prominent feature of many ads and commercials. Even ads for […]

Immigration essential to progress

As a kid, just after WW II and the Korean Conflict, as it was called, I saw Toronto dragged kicking and screaming into being one of the greatest cities of the world. Wave after wave of immigrants shocked and angered the waspish southwestern Ontario populace. First came people from countries occupied by the Axis during […]

Marijuana regulation lunacy

Accusation. Do politicians all go nuts once they win government and influence over large bureaucracies? It seems so. Recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada July 1. Governments have gone into a feeding frenzy launching claims for shares of the tax revenues that will result. Bureaucracies are setting up retailing operations and crying the blues […]

Free speech again in peril

Friday, August 18, 2017 There is a graphic going around Facebook that illustrates the thinking of Karl Popper. The core of the graphic is Popper’s idea that unlimited tolerance leads to the victory of the intolerant and, therefore, intolerance. https://i.redd.it/tlyoidfqe3gz.png https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper That idea is being promoted this week in light of the events in Charlottesville […]

National anthem tradition vs progress

CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon topics for today included whether we should amend our national anthem’s “in all thy sons command,” to “in all of us command”. Several of those speaking against the proposal cited tradition as their reason. I think we certainly should. I think this is one of those discussions that is going to […]

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