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

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