Come from Away: A great play that extols merits of hospitality and co-operation

The Broadway musical Come from Away has sublimely exposed hundreds of thousands of non-Newfoundlanders to the province’s uniquely hospitable and heartwarming culture. My wife and I finally got to see the play when it was recently  performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Like the rest of the audience, we were completely enthralled by … Continue reading Come from Away: A great play that extols merits of hospitality and co-operation

Deliberate deforestation of the Amazon exposes anti-climate capitalism

The outbreak of thousands of fires in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest starkly exposes the refusal of the world’s business and political leaders to take the threat of climate change seriously. For the past 30 years, at successive climate summits, they have piously pledged to curb greenhouse gas emissions, never really intending to make more than … Continue reading Deliberate deforestation of the Amazon exposes anti-climate capitalism

Predicting federal election results may be dicey, but not discerning the best outcome

With media pundits and political junkies confidently foretelling  the results of the October federal election, it may be considered presumptuous for a mere blogger like me to even speculate on the outcome. I am not, however, a complete political neophyte. Perhaps a brief account of my career in politics may help bolster my credentials as … Continue reading Predicting federal election results may be dicey, but not discerning the best outcome

Bogus concerns about pharmacare’s affordability contrived by conservatives to block or delay it

Conservative politicians and pundits are questioning the feasibility of adding pharmaceutical coverage to Canada’s public health care system. “How can our governments possibly afford such a huge additional expense?” they ask. They are asking the wrong question. Here are some of the proper questions to ask: How have the other economically advanced countries in Europe, … Continue reading Bogus concerns about pharmacare’s affordability contrived by conservatives to block or delay it

Instead of squabbling over scarce good jobs and low incomes, we should jointly strive for a fair and equitable economic system

There’s an old African proverb that is becoming uncomfortably apt to apply to many workers and citizens in many countries, including Canada: “As the waterhole becomes smaller, the animals get meaner.” In other words, as the food, water, and other basic needs dwindle, so does the willingness to share what’s left. The merits of community … Continue reading Instead of squabbling over scarce good jobs and low incomes, we should jointly strive for a fair and equitable economic system

Growing old no longer a great feat, but staying old and healthy is

If I’d known I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. - Eubie Blake, on reaching the age of 100. As I approach my 93rd birthday while still remaining in good health, the requests increase that I divulge the “secret” of my longevity. My flippant response is usually that it … Continue reading Growing old no longer a great feat, but staying old and healthy is

As “fast” food displaces good food, more people gain weight, get sick, need costly medical care

The rate of obesity in Canada has risen to epidemic proportions, with one in eight of us now clinically obese and nearly half of us weighing more than we should. And it’s not because people are indifferent to weight gain. Far from it. The exercise and weight-loss business is booming, and diet books are consistently … Continue reading As “fast” food displaces good food, more people gain weight, get sick, need costly medical care