Monthly Archives: April 2007

Denial and blame in Aboriginal communities

In the decade since I began writing for the Citizen many things have changed. Not always for the better. But even on many issues where debate has not ended, the tone and specifics of 1997 would … Continue reading

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The problem is that we elect crummy politicians

Ontario is slated to hold a “historic” referendum this October on whether to discard our centuries-old system of electing representatives in favour of something called MMP or “mixed member proportional.” Just say No. It’s a bad solution to the wrong … Continue reading

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No wonder everyone wants elected judges

The best and brightest seem shocked that nearly two-thirds of Canadians favour electing judges. They would not be if they grasped that ideas matter.
If you watched public affairs on a daily basis, it might be hard to convince yourself that … Continue reading

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Canada’s other great battles

On the anniversary of Vimy Ridge we should remember not just one battle but a whole proud heritage in which Canadians saved the world. Twice. In freezing salt water and stinking mud. Our schools should teach students to be proud … Continue reading

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Hysterical use of ‘historic’ blinds us to the real past

OK, this is weird. The battle of Vimy Ridge is almost as long ago now, at 90 years, as Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo in 1815 was when Vimy was fought. It’s almost like we’re part of history and should … Continue reading

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