Category Archives: Politics

Death on the streets: competing rights and close encounters

Forgive me for provocative titling, but this post makes only passing reference to the massacre in Las Vegas in order to introduce the idea of competing rights.  It’s really about the close encounters between road users sharing City thoroughfares in calm, leafy, peaceful Toronto. Here’s the gratuitous reference to Las Vegas: there is a constitutional…
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How Food Banks Impoverish Us All

The blog has been silent while I searched for meaning and relevance in the blur of events surrounding my tiny, private life.  Against the backdrop of Trumped up Trudeauosities, the valiant and thwarted left deflecting against a global right maelstrom, amidst cyclones of wartime rhetoric,  and even more devastating hurricanes of actual force, how are…
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Rising tide lifts all boats, except when it doesn’t

I loved James Saft’s heretical tone as he pointed out the difference between a rising stock market and a robust economy.   Nestled 13 pages deep in the business section of yesterday’s Globe and Mail, Saft’s article shares a page with headlines such as, “is it time for dividend investors to switch back to bonds?” and…
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Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Happened to ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’?

Elsewhere I’ve gonged the media for uncritically reporting misleading polling results, spinning headlines from them like Rumplestiltskin spinning gold from straw. It’s a problem because it actually sways uninformed viewers, listeners, and readers in ways that encourage acceptance of future falsehoods. In this case, it might seem more comical than offensive. On first blush, you…
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