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Canadian Values?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leadership Candidate Kellie Leitch have vastly different views on Canadian values. Mr. Trudeau believes “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada”. Ms. Leitch argues “I don’t think it’s intolerant to believe in a set of values that we expect everyone to share here and include those people

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Facebook Click Bait

Facebook is already full of advertisements, both in the news feed and on the right of the page.  Over and above this, there is Facebook click bait, tempting headings which take you to a site where you are bombarded with more advertising, and get cookies, tracking software and possibly adware installed without your agreement.  The

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Let’s make a list of of Trumpeters

Conrad Black: This is how democracy is supposed to work “He’s got ’em on the list — he’s got ’em on the list; And they’ll none of ’em be missed — they’ll none of ’em be missed.” (The Mikado)   The Financial Post quotes Conrad Black as saying “Either Trump or Clinton would make a capable

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Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for literature has provoked howls of outrage: most entertaining!   It could be noted that the Nobel Committees don’t have a great record in some areas.  The peace prize has been won by Henry Kissinger and Barack Obama; with all respect to both gentlemen, their contribution to world peace was questionable. 

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A Provisional Glossary of Trump’s Fantastical Misstatements

A while ago I wrote some thoughts on bullshit, available here: http://blog.davidbeattie.ca.s175791.gridserver.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=20&action=edit   But candidate Trump has shown such an extraordinary talent for misstatement, that special consideration is justified.  Surely there is scope for a scholarly paper on the varieties of Trump’s fantastical statements. Just a few examples: # Trump lies, when he knows what

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Trump’s Double-Down Defenses

Two quotes to start: political flacks attempting to minimize Trump’s latest sexual comments “We’re electing a leader of the free world,” Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN. “We’re not electing a Sunday school teacher.” “This doesn’t surprise anyone. This is him,” said one Republican strategist aligned with Trump. “You lose elections when you

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On Referenda

There is some debate whether a referendum is a good or bad instrument for making public policy choices in a democracy. The question came into sharper focus following the Brexit referendum. The debate has direct relevance in Canada as we consider whether a referendum is required on reform of our electoral system. Let us begin

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Rails to Trails: Letter in the Lowdown June 22

The views of those opposing the rails to trails project were expressed most bluntly in the letter from Chandra Gibbs. According to her, rails to trails means “slapping a public path through the private backyards of Chelsea”. Such a characterization is perverse and venal. In the first place, the public path already exists as municipal

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Hot Times in Heaven

I thank Bishop Hector of Buenos Aires for revealing to me a rather engaging mystery of the Christian religion. Hector had determined that certain events in his diocese – apparitions of the Virgin Mary, along with glowing rosaries – were of supernatural origin. Thus Buenos Aires would join Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe as places where

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Constitutions: Polished Wood or Living Tree?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This paper started with readings on the death of US Supreme Court Judge Anton Scalia.  Prior to his death, I had dismissed him as a judicial right-wing extremist, applying a reactionary philosophy of judicial interpretation called ‘originalism’: E.G., “everything was fine in 1776: why change?”  However, I found even centre left

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