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I have seen the future and it is not here.

Amazon offers prompt delivery almost everywhere. But not, it appears, in rural areas where they rely on Canada Post for the last mile of delivery. I ordered a kindle and cover, and was guaranteed delivery within two days. Nearing the end of the two-day period, with no kindle in hand, I checked the tracking information

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Flag THIS

In flying the “March for Life” flag the City of Ottawa did appear to endorse that particular cause.  The existing guideline was not clear enough to prevent it. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/anti-abortion-flag-march-for-life-1.4110394   But hold the outrage.  If the flag had been (say) “March for Women’s Choice”, would those who howled against the March for Life have been

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Bombardier

http://RE: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/cppib-joins-list-of-pensions-pulling-support-for-bombardiers-beudoin/article34943097/   Institutional investors in Bombardier have, at last, stopped drinking the family Kool-Aid.  Finally.  What else did they need to know?  Stalled sales of a plane very late in delivery and way over budget, and nonetheless a trade challenge likely; Toronto Streetcar delivery so embarrassingly late that the city is required to spend

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What Matters

A recent discussion at Plato’s Pub concerned the nature of matter, the common substrate which might be present beneath or behind the characteristics of all things that exist.  An object might be made of certain elements, have certain dimensions, have a certain mass, and reflect light in certain ways; we can measure all these attributes. 

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The official bird of the Senate

  In a recent publication (at taxpayers’ expense), the Senate represents itself to children as a chamber of “wise owls”.  Good luck with that.  Even though a group of owls is known as a parliament, I don’t think wise owls engage in sexual harassment, find virtue in residential schools, claim travel expenses for a principal

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Sajjan’s Whoppers

So Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has been called out for a couple of whoppers about his time with the military in Afghanistan.  It’s not the first time he’s been, in the words of a former British Defence Minister, “economical with the actualité”.  Perhaps it’s a job hazard.    But it’s a tad bizarre that the second

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A War of Attrition on Cars

It’s a strong statement, but a defensible one, that the city of Ottawa has declared war on the private car as a method of personal transportation. It’s not presented as such by the city, and probably not understood as such, but recent and planned moves to provide more sidewalk space and bike paths inevitably reduce the

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The Power of the Courts in Canadian Democracy: Discussion Background

On March 22, 2017, our discussion will explore the boundaries which should exist between the legislature and the courts, with particular reference to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Canadian Constitutional Democracy: • Legislators are elected; hence they can be held accountable by the electorate, and removed from or returned to office, through

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