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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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Corporate Welfare Ninja

Passenger jet development might be way over budget, problematic and late. Toronto street car non-deliveries might be an international embarrassment. But there is one thing Bombardier does very well: obtaining federal financial support. According to Globe columnist Mark Milke (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/corporate-welfare-canadas-black-hole-of-transparency/article33956740/), Bombardier (including the de Havilland part) has received more than 80 (!!!) federal assistance packages

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Shopify and Breitbart

A philosopher friend of mine asked me what I thought about objections to Shopify providing a platform for Breitbart services: This was my response. ******************************************************************************************************************* As the politicians say: “Such a good question”.   I’m not a great fan of boycotts to start with.  Most of them are ineffective and, by their failure, encourage and

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Capitalism as Terrorism?

For this theme we credit Pope Francis: His remarks gained considerable news coverage, although he has stated that theme previously, with more rhetorical force. Consider some of the Pope’s remarks in 2015 to a congress in Bolivia: Let us entertain and explore this thesis. Accepting the Franciscan interpretation, ‘fundamental terrorism’ is capitalism that holds that

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What are the Rights of Conquered and Colonized Peoples?

The Crown (in its democratic emanation) owns all real property in Canada, in that it has the final say on its use through the instrument of expropriation, justified by the doctrine of eminent domain. Individuals and corporations may use and trade property rights, but these rights exist on sufferance of the Crown. The Crown may

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Mystery Payments Cost Us Millions

We taxpayers are on the hook for $10 million in payments we cannot know anything about. Some secrecy might be justified in matters of national security, but these are payments from mainstream departments. The Public Accounts for 2015-2016 show two large ‘mystery payments’: one for $7.5 million, the other for $2.5 million. We know who

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