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Trudeau has mostly the right idea on Freedom

Justin Trudeau’s Canadian style liberty goes in the right direction, but its success is not a matter of balance With a federal election to be held by October, a potentially damaging Senate scandal trial to begin in April, and the Canadian

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Posted in Canada, Human Rights, Politics, Terrorism

Whether it’s vaccinations or public transportation, skepticism hinders public interest

In his speech to the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the US Oval Office’s annual function honoring its press corps, Seth Meyers essentially remarked how skepticism has gotten so out of hand that when it came to President Barack Obama’s

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Posted in Canada, Health, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Transit, Science, Transportation

The 125 Dollar Challenge

Jordan Bateman, local spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and leader of the No side in the upcoming Metro Vancouver referendum, is fond of saying that there’s a disadvantage in this campaign to implement a 0.5% sales tax increase to

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Anti-authority/Anti-tax positions misplaced in Public Transportation vote

News of the No side taking the lead in a poll on the upcoming Metro Vancouver public transportation referendum has some questioning the wisdom of putting the proposed 0.5% sales tax increase up to a vote. Those leading the opposition

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Blocking Bunny and the Single Occupant Car

Translink, the Metro Vancouver regional public transportation authority, recently promoted a series of pet peeves suggested and voted upon by its rapid transit Skytrain customers.  Some of the top irritants involved manners and hygiene that created discomfort to those near

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Posted in Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Transit, Transportation

Public Transportation and Urban Density

This graphic appeared on Twitter a few days ago that marvelously illustrates the living space we lose being overly accommodating our cities to the car.  The Original Green blog compared Florence, Italy’s historic tourist area to a freeway interchange in Atlanta

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Posted in Climate, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Responding to the politics of fear

There are a pair of important ballots coming up this year for Metro Vancouver residents, one a mail-in vote on the plan to raise the sales tax by half a percentage point to fund long term regional public transit plans

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Posted in Canada, Politics, Transportation

Beyond Charlie Hebdo – It’s not always personal

While I said in my Je suis Charlie Chaplin post a few days ago that I had nothing new to directly contribute about the terrible shootings in Paris last week, I do have something to say about the debate over

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Canada, Politics

When the silent speak – Je suis Charlie Chaplin

There is not much more that I can say directly to the horrifying January 7th incident at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo publication that took 12 lives that likely hasn’t already been said or written elsewhere.  It has

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Posted in Humor, Politics, Terrorism

Social conservative waning fortunes setting the tone for upcoming Canadian election?

The holidays are almost over, our guest has gone home, and I’ve just been notified I’m no longer needed for jury duty later this month.  Not totally out of the woods yet, but can finally turn some attention to the

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Posted in Canada, Politics, Public Policy