Monthly Archives: June 2007

Canada isn’t all that bad after all

As we prepare for a quintessentially Canadian celebration of our national holiday, hoping the long weekend traffic is not made intolerable by native blockades, I seek reasons to wave a flag. I’ve settled on the national beer glass being well … Continue reading

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Selective use of Latin gives us class

The University of Ottawa has decided to stop issuing diplomas in Latin because it’s like not cool and hard to translate. Sic transit, I am tempted to say. But people might think I was talking about … Continue reading

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No Eureka moment in this tepid political bath

Marshall McLuhan once said people don’t read the morning paper, they slip into it like a warm bath. I doubt the recent Citizen series on parking tickets had that effect. But modern political documents certainly aim … Continue reading

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If you want to play politics, learn the rules

“Don’t prorogue! Don’t prorogue!” Believe it not, I was about ready to join Phil Fontaine, Gerry Barr and David Suzuki on the barricades under this singularly obscure slogan. Until I discovered that once again, the appropriate banner in Canada’s capital … Continue reading

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Seeing no evil is an immoral policy

Suppose that somewhere in the world a repressive regime was not merely slaughtering practitioners of a peaceful religion but selling their organs. Should we try to do something? Besides ignoring it because they’re good trading partners, I mean?
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