Someone suggested during yesterday’s marathon that the Fords can’t help being ignorant and stupid. They are what they are. But this guy, by contrast, does it on purpose.[&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://storify.com/orwellsbastard/giorgio-…Continue reading
Dr. Dawg has a post worth reading on the Cons’ purification strategy. But let’s take a closer look at part of that plan which I’ve only dealt with in snark form so far:The federal government believes some 1,800 people have obtained their Canadian citiz…Continue reading
Which Lie Do You Buy? « All Fired Up In The Big SmokeA lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.– Winston ChurchillSo over at his place, @cityslikr’s on about the fact that politicians have an uneasy relati…Continue reading
Sad, isn’t it. When this is what occupies our imaginations and dominates public discourse, is it any wonder that so many people don’t bother to take the responsibilities of citizenship seriously? Look at the energy it’s consuming, for Chrissakes.  …Continue reading
Just as we wind down the first half of 2011 in preparation for Canada Day, three disparate blog posts are jumping out at me:At Sixth Estate, Government of Canada Issues Statement Opposing the AlphabetAt Politics and its Discontents, Sun News …Continue reading
There’s an excellent and eye-opening story in today’s New York Times Magazine. Jose Antonio Vargas was born in the Philippines, and came to the United States at age 12. He has lived the American dream, fighting for a quality education, pulling himself …Continue reading
True, I may be undermining weeks of arguing for engaging the people we disagree with in a spirit of openness and respect. And name-calling isn’t going to help us show them how they’re actually voting against their own interests, or reveal the corporati…Continue reading
Ah, Marcus. The Globe’s ideologically reliable municipal-affairs curmudgeon is kind of like a stopped clock that way.Of course, the analogy only goes so far, because you don’t have to ask a stopped clock why it’s right twice a day, and that’s a degree …Continue reading
Go and read this piece from Ed Keenan in The Grid.
He’s right of course, and you don’t need a master’s degree in public administration to know that public services cost money. And you don’t need cheap childish gimmicks, either.
The troublesome part i…Continue reading
So far, I’ve argued that there are good reasons to favour Quebec’s right to determine, on its own, whether to separate from Canada. One option that has come up under various names — “sovereignty association” or “asymmetrical federalism” — is the poss…Continue reading
Yesterday, I suggested that objections to the definition of a “clear majority” in favour of separation as 50%+1 were insincere, and really masked forms of other objections. The first I want to talk about is the claim that there is something wrong with …Continue reading
Some Superman fans want the Man-of-Steel to remain resolutely American in an uncomplicated defender-of-the-American-way fashion. The same caped patriot defending the same set of values more or less – even though we live in a world that is more complex,…Continue reading
Believe it or not, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney took the opportunity to affirm the Canadian citizenship of fictional character, Santa Claus, at a citizenship ceremony of 100 new Canadians in Calgary. By swearing in a man dressed up as Santa Claus the Minister has manged to: DemeanContinue reading