Governments that used to borrow interest-free from Bank of Canada before 1975 now incur massive debts borrowing from private banks

Most Canadians are not aware that, prior to 1975, the construction of major public facilities, as well as the provision and improvement of social programs, were funded by interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada. Such loans helped Canada recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s and to achieve a prompt and prosperous economic … Continue reading Governments that used to borrow interest-free from Bank of Canada before 1975 now incur massive debts borrowing from private banks

Cancers are preventable but won’t be if it requires curbing the profits corporations reap from sickness

It is now generally agreed upon by health specialists, such as Bob Wright of the American Anti-Cancer Institute, that most cancers are caused either by exposure to radiation or by carcinogens that have been spewed into the environment. Only a relative few cancers can be traced to defective genes inherited from our parents. Although cancers … Continue reading Cancers are preventable but won’t be if it requires curbing the profits corporations reap from sickness

Earth’s inhabitants now stranded in a leaking neoliberal “lifeboat”

For the past 50 years, the world’s most renowned ecologists, climatologists, and other scientists – including more than a hundred Nobel Prize winners – have been imploring corporate and political leaders to curb global warming before it rises to catastrophic levels. “Planet Earth is finite,” they warn. “Its ability to absorb wastes is finite. Its … Continue reading Earth’s inhabitants now stranded in a leaking neoliberal “lifeboat”

Today’s dissenters not burned at the stake, just ridiculed, disparaged, and blacklisted

The brooding statue of Giordano Bruno in the Campo dei Fiori in Rome attracts few tourists. Among those who do stop to look at it, fewer still know who Bruno was and why he has been so esteemed. But he is widely remembered in academic and literary circles, and is revered as a hero by … Continue reading Today’s dissenters not burned at the stake, just ridiculed, disparaged, and blacklisted

Letter to the editor: Averting layoffs at SNC-Lavalin?

This is a letter to the editor that I sent to the Ottawa Citizen: Bereft of any valid excuse for pressuring former Attorney-General Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the crime and corruption charges against SNC-Lavalin, Prime Minister Trudeau, with his aides and cabinet loyalists, have fallen back on the sanctimonious claim that they were only trying … Continue reading Letter to the editor: Averting layoffs at SNC-Lavalin?

Sordid SNC-Lavalin affair exposes Canada as a plutocracy, not a democracy

With all the columnists, pundits and political commentators pontificating on the SNC-Lavalin affair and former Governor-General Wilson-Raybould’s explosive testimony to the House of Commons Justice Committee, I wouldn’t dare venture to offer my own modest opinion on the imbroglio if I didn’t think I had something original to say. To put it bluntly, I’m convinced … Continue reading Sordid SNC-Lavalin affair exposes Canada as a plutocracy, not a democracy

Long-delayed introduction of Pharmacare should be top priority in this election

When the government of Saskatchewan pioneered public health care in Canada in 1962, it covered the two main components of such a system: the services of physicians and hospitals. When other provinces, and finally the federal government, later extended medicare to the national level, it was still confined to these two admittedly important but insufficient-on-their-own … Continue reading Long-delayed introduction of Pharmacare should be top priority in this election