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Canada’s fateful next step

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Canada’s government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is about to sign into law a new trade agreement with China. The agreement has had no public input by the Canadian people or their elected representatives. One can only suppose that it’s designed to enrich Canada’s corporate class. It certainly impoverishes Canada’s democracy. As The Tyee, […]

Parenting. Such a riot.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I want to tell you a story of parenting, as I’ve observed it among my Canadian peers. I’ll try to convey how and why this parenting style shocked me. It’s just a story (albeit a true one), but perhaps it illuminates a small part of the dynamics at work in this Wednesday’s Canucks Riot that […]

Ecothinking and Marx

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Here’s a plea to connect the dots: watch the video, consider rising food prices, and read about Marx today. Dare you!

Canada, Vote for the Internet.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

We have an election coming up in Canada. Vote for the internet.

David Eaves on Open Government

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

David Eaves’s discussion of Open Government throws light on why we’re routing around government, and how the consultancy industry keeps the old model entrenched.

Made me comment: Brendon Wilson on Canada and Its Tech Future

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I came across Brendon J. Wilson’s excellent blog post, Does it matter if the future isn’t available in Canada? last week and felt compelled to comment. Brendon’s post addresses a response to Macleans Magazine’s article You can’t buy that here, which, as he wrote, mirrored concerns he already expressed in a March 2009 post, Borders […]

“Timber!” or “Timber?”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

After attending today’s Urban Development Institute Luncheon on “The Story Behind the Six Storey Mid-rise Initiative” (with speaker Trudy Rotgans, Manager, Building and Safety Policy Branch in the BC Government), I have some additional thoughts on the topic (first broached from another angle here). As billed, the presentation’s topic was this: You heard about it […]

Canadian cities in a quagmire?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

We’re experiencing an exceptional cold weather spell in southwestern British Columbia, and last night a 47-year old homeless woman died in Vancouver.  She burned to death, trying to keep warm with a live fire; the police think her blankets must have caught fire. The story is all over the news of course, including here: Woman’s […]

Canadian cities: stuck in the past?

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Christopher Hume takes aim at sclerotic Toronto, but his critique could apply to quite a few Canadian cities, including (much-smaller) Victoria.  See his Aug. 1 Toronto Star article, The future out of reach for city fearful of change. Toward the end, he writes: City hall’s resistance to change has been noticed by many observers who […]

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