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The Fall of Governments in Canada

Here’s a thesis to consider and debate. Perhaps it is already well known, and I am merely stating the obvious. But judging from the comments of press and politicians, it doesn’t seem to be obvious to them.   It occurs to me that governments are rarely defeated because of their policies, but because of the

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Who Owns Canada?

I often hear a phrase like this at the beginning of an event: This performance is taking place on land never ceded by the (Indigenous Nation name).   What does this mean?  What is it intended to mean?   Strictly speaking it means no more than it says.  That the land on which the event

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Canada 150

Canada 150: Nifty or Nasty No country is without sin or fault in its history and, for many, in its present as well. By all means we should recognize and atone for those sins or faults in policy, engaging in remedial action. By our standards today, European colonization of the lands of indigenous peoples represents

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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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