Delegates to the recent Climate Change Summit in Madrid failed to muster a consensus on future action to curb global warning. Despite extending the meeting an extra day, desperate efforts to reach an accord were stymied by delegates from two of the largest countries: the United States and Australia. It’s no coincidence that both U.S. … Continue reading Repeated failure of climate summits portends a bleak future under unchecked capitalism
Commuters in Ottawa are outraged by the multiple flaws and delays that plague the city’s new LRT (lousy rail transit) service. Federal employees are embittered by their government’s atrocious Phoenix “pay-not” system, which has battered them with financial distress for the past four years. These are just a few examples of the anguish inflicted on … Continue reading Puzzled by business and political incompetence? All you have to do is read The Peter Principle.
Bridget Driscoll is hardly a household name in Canada. I doubt that few besides me have ever heard of her. She has the dubious distinction of being the first person in the world to be killed by an automobile. It happened in London on August 17, 1896, when the 44-year-old woman and her teen-aged daughter … Continue reading Deadly car-truck collisions could be sharply reduced if truck drivers’ working conditions were improved
Canadians in eastern Canada sympathize with their counterparts in Alberta who are suffering from that province’s declining economic conditions. It’s troubling to have so many of our fellow Canadians so adversely affected by unemployment, insecurity, and even bankruptcy. It is difficult, however, to share their tendency to put all the blame for their woes on … Continue reading Alberta’s leaders should take some blame for not coping better with current slump
The inherent unfairness of Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system has been displayed many times in previous federal elections, but never so blatantly as in the recent voting farce. Its outrageously skewed outcome starkly exposed the inequitable result of our country’s failure to finally switch to some form of proportional representation – one that would be best suited … Continue reading In 90 other countries elections are held through proportional representation, a fair voting system denied Canadians
Many relevant facts and figures were omitted or minimized during the recent election debates, and in interviews given by party leaders while campaigning across the country. Voters denied this crucial information have thus been deprived of the pertinent facts and figures they need to make informed decisions at the ballot box. For the sake of … Continue reading Party leaders ignore crucial facts and figures in election debates
For what it’s worth (probably not much), I’ve switched my vote on October 21 back from the Greens to the NDP. This is not because I no longer believe that climate change is by far the most crucial issue facing voters in this election, or that the Greens are the only party that is treating … Continue reading With the election of a minority government looming, it’s the NDP that merits support