Kids and the Case for Optimism

Posted: 29/03/2017 9:49:39 AM

It is, without a doubt, my favourite time of the year. I get to pop around the country and meet the kids from the Spread the Net Student Challenge. It is more exciting than jumping out of an airplane.  It is more restorative than hearing the harmonious screams of a terrified Jann Arden. Because if you’re like me, you’re easily distracted.



Posted: 22/03/2017 9:45:08 AM

Politicians love to change the channel when things aren’t going their way. That said,  it’s easier said than done. You can’t just snap your fingers and convince the entire world to stop talking about one thing and then start talking about something else. Or at least that used to be the case before Donald Trump.


Judging Consent

Posted: 15/03/2017 9:34:58 AM

Not that long ago a judge in Alberta asked a nineteen year old woman, in the middle of an assault trial, why she just didn’t keep her knees together. Now I say, "not that long ago," because it’s important to point out that this happened in 2014 and not 1957. And I admit, when it did happen, when it was in the newspapers, I thought this is a proverbial case of one bad apple; we’re dealing with one out-of-touch judge. I may have been suffering under the delusion of white male privilege.


Quittin' Time

Posted: 08/03/2017 9:19:46 AM

As you may or may not know, 14 people are running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Who am I kidding?  The chances of anyone actually knowing anything about this race are very slim. It hasn’t really captured the imagination of the public. I had just one wish for the Conservative Party. And no it’s not what you were thinking. I was hoping that for the sake of this once great political machine that whoever was running for the leadership would be able to string a sentence together or articulate a vision for the future. No such luck.


Shipbuilding is Complicated, Hiring Canadians Is Not

Posted: 01/03/2017 9:25:58 AM

I have followed politics in this country my entire life. I have seen governments come and I have seen governments go. And I’ve noticed they’ve all got a few things in common. One: I believe they all try their best. Two: No matter how hard they try, they cannot build or buy ships. What governments can do is announce they’re building ships and then later they cancel the ships.