Bill Longstaff: A fine, feminine cabinet

Good to see that Prime Minister Trudeau (haven’t said that for a while) has kept an important promise and formed a gender-balanced cabinet. He said his cabinet would reflect Canada and a 50-50 male/female cabinet does just that. Not surprisingly, some detractors insist that cabinet appointments should be made strictly on merit. They never have, ...

Bill Longstaff: Electoral reform—PR is not a voting system

Observing debates about electoral reform online and elsewhere, I notice one error cropping up consistently: the notion that proportional representation, like first-past-the-post, is a voting system. It isn’t, of course. It is a goal, something you try to achieve with your voting system. They are two different things and the difference is important because one ...

Bill Longstaff: Should women run the world?

Scientists at at the University of Pennsylvania have once again confirmed what we have always known intuitively. Men’s and women’s brains are wired differently. Maps of neural circuitry from one of the largest studies of brain wiring showed that connections in women’s brains tended to be stronger across the left and right hemispheres, whereas in ...

Bill Longstaff: Help Saudi women get behind the wheel—sign the petition

In an apparent attempt to demonstrate that there is no limit to the idiocy of Saudi Arabian misogyny, a Saudi cleric has explained why women should not be allowed to drive. According to Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, “If a woman drives a car … that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological ...