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Judicial Abuse
July 16, 2019

Inquiry into Murdered Aboriginal Women
June 8, 2019

Genocide
June 5, 2019

Wild Deregulation
May 28, 2019

Inane Risk
May 13, 2019

Media Irresponsibility
May 3, 2019

Misplaced Charity?
April 25, 2019

Generating Fake News
March 28, 2019

Condemning the Evil of Violence
March 19, 2019

Stages of a Political Crisis
March 11, 2019

Conflating Condo Flipping
March 4, 2019

Clobbering Social Media
February 25, 2019

The Partial Sit
February 21, 2019

Protecting us from Fake News
February 13, 2019

The Decay of Privacy
February 4, 2019

Imposed Anger
January 29, 2019

Homescholing Predators
January 21, 2019

Scalping an Innocent Word
January 14, 2019

A Cautionary Tale
January 7, 2019

Taxation madness
January 3, 2019

The Confusion over Trade
December 17, 2018

Statistical Despair
December 10, 2018

The Demise of the Shopping Mall
December 4, 2018

The Marijuana Fiasco
November 22, 2018

Judicial Abuse

An appalling case of Canadian judicial abuse has finally come to a close, and in a welcome display of judicial reason, properly.  ... read more

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Inquiry into Murdered Aboriginal Women

The inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women has just issued its final report and true to form, it’s being used as a weapon to attack Canadian culture.  ... read more

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Genocide

The Canadian inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women has labeled these acts of violence as genocide. A lesson in trivializing a necessary and terrible word.  ... read more

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Wild Deregulation

The US FDA has just announced it is deregulating the number of cherries that a frozen cherry pie must contain. Enough. We must stop this madness of leaving hapless consumers at the mercy of greedy pie makers.  ... read more

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Inane Risk

A recent news report of a woman who approached a police officer in a mall to ask why he was carrying a carbine illustrates a breathtaking display of stupidity and irresponsibility.  ... read more

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Media Irresponsibility

The news media have a responsibility to protect their sources, especially those that risk their personal safety to provide news. In this case, an irresponsible news network flouted that principle.  ... read more

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Misplaced Charity?

In the wake of the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, some wealthy companies have donated large sums of money to restore the building. But no good deed goes unpunished.  ... read more

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Generating Fake News

Much has been panicked about recently over “fake news.” But how does fake news get generated? Aren’t journalists trained to verify information they produce and to research its validity?  ... read more

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Condemning the Evil of Violence

This rant concerns the mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since my comments here could be misconstrued, let me state my unequivocal position. ... read more

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Stages of a Political Crisis

Is there a parallel between the five stages of grief and the stages of a political crisis? ... read more

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Conflating Condo Flipping

A recent CBC news story provides a superb, if unwitting, example of conflation: the erroneous combining of two concepts into one. Erroneous it may be, but it’s a time-honoured strategy for arguing by confusion. ... read more

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Clobbering Social Media

There is growing pressure within and upon government to “do something” about social media. The self-righteous claim is that we must “hold social media accountable” for fake news and false information ... read more

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The Partial Sit

The news media and local commentariat are exercised over a recent court decision in which a judge apparently split a hair so fine that the division would be invisible under a microscope. Here are the details. ... read more

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Protecting us from Fake News

The Federal Government has announced plans (well, plans to make plans) to protect Canadians from fake news designed to influence our votes on election day. And it’s about time. ... read more

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The Decay of Privacy

The pollster was professional. He was conducting a survey of television and radio habits and had a few questions. I had time, so I agreed. After he had finished, he said he needed some personal information ... read more

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Imposed Anger

A recent infuriating news story described a single dad who had received an eviction notice because his toddler son made too much noise. ... read more

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Homeschooling Predators

Many school authorities have argued against homeschooling, but the right to do so is protected by human rights treaties. Except, apparently, in the European Union. ... read more

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Scalping an Innocent Word

While this story happened in 2017, recent court filings have revealed it in all its inanity. First, some background. ... read more

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A Cautionary Tale

An excellent New Year’s resolution, particularly for people who rant about the inanity of others, is to gather the facts before making a judgment. ... read more

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Taxation Madness

The carbon tax 'is not a tax that will make Ottawa rich, but a rebate that will enrich Canadian households.' WHAT? ... read more

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The Confusion over Trade

International trade has been much in the news lately. The controversy with Saudi Arabia and now with China has opened an agonizing question that seems to have paralyzed our deep thinkers in Ottawa: ... read more

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Statistical Despair

A recent report on the television news was, typically, scary. Or at least depressing. It seems that the average wage over the past year has not gone up as fast as inflation. ... read more

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The Demise of the Shopping Mall

A recent report on the television news about the parlous state of shopping malls excited me. It seems shoppers are deserting them in favour of on-line shopping or maybe just spending time doing things that don’t generate economic activity. ... read more

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The Marijuana Fiasco

The legalization of marijuana in Canada is a striking illustration of the fumbling, bumbling, stumbling incompetence of governments that try to tackle sales and marketing. ... read more

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