Deadly car-truck collisions could be sharply reduced if truck drivers’ working conditions were improved

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

Alberta’s leaders should take some blame for not coping better with current slump

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

In 90 other countries elections are held through proportional representation, a fair voting system denied Canadians

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

Party leaders ignore crucial facts and figures in election debates

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

With the election of a minority government looming, it’s the NDP that merits support

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

Failure of our political parties to take action against Quebec’s Bill 21 shameful

Anyone familiar with the history of Quebec’s preferential status in Canada – with its exceptional ability to enact policies that would be taboo in other provinces – should not have been surprised by its adoption of Bill 21. Granted, this piece of legislation is more unjust than previous political iniquities in la belle province. It … Continue reading Failure of our political parties to take action against Quebec’s Bill 21 shameful

Protests against climate change increase, but blame still put on wrong miscreants

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old environmental activist, made  headlines at the recent United Nations climate summit. In a fiery speech, she berated the world’s governments for their persistent failure to curb climate change. “How dare you steal my dreams and my childhood with your empty words?” she demanded. Greta is one of the more prominent young … Continue reading Protests against climate change increase, but blame still put on wrong miscreants