Puzzled by business and political incompetence? All you have to do is read The Peter Principle.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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