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

Global warming rise is unstoppable while capitalism blocks prevention

The tenacious refusal of the world’s business and political leaders to heed the warnings of climate scientists about global warming raises the stark possibility that it may already be too late. The tipping point beyond which concerted preventive action becomes impracticable is just twelve years away, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. … Continue reading Global warming rise is unstoppable while capitalism blocks prevention

Capitalism worst possible economic system for a planet ravaged by global warming

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. --Oliver Goldsmith. Twenty years ago, I wrote an op-ed in which I described free-market capitalism as “the most unjust and barbaric economic system ever devised, and one that now oppresses and abuses most of the world’s people.” I was scorned … Continue reading Capitalism worst possible economic system for a planet ravaged by global warming

The decline of reading causes a decline in thinking, which in turn impairs social and political participation

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. --Joseph Addison. The number of newspaper readers is plunging by the millions in most countries, including Canada and the United States. This decline is driven by the hundreds of metro dailies that have been forced to close, merge, or drastically reduce their size or … Continue reading The decline of reading causes a decline in thinking, which in turn impairs social and political participation