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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

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

A Canadian rant and accolade to Charlie Hebdo

Currently fine-tuning a new post, but thought it would be worthwhile to share a couple of pieces of commentary on the Charlie Hebdo attack from a Canadian perspective.  I haven’t had that many viewers of this blog so far since I launched

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Posted in Canada, 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

A time to Evoke, as well as Remember (#NaBloPoMo Day 11)

Today, we honor and remember those who dared to face the horrors of war on our behalf.  Too many have paid too high of a cost in the war one hundred years ago that was to end all wars and

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Canada, Politics

CBC’s meaning of citizenship question vital in the wake of Ottawa attack

CBC and its Massey Lecture series asked what citizenship meant to its audience this past week.  After the events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday and Wednesday, it means we all need to stay together against these threats working to

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Posted in Canada, Politics, Terrorism

Western democracy facing mounting challenges

A pair of interesting reads says a lot about the state of Western democracy in the world today, especially in the face of challenges from the economic and political ascendancy of China, brash defiance by Russia, Syria and North Korea,

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Posted in BC, Canada, Politics

Why Serena Vermeersch’s murder demands a deeper public interest dialogue

I am not a legal expert, but I believe that the issues provoked by the Serena Vermeersch murder demonstrates a need for a deeper discussion beyond tough-on-crime talk or reforming criminals The questions surrounding the release and freedom of the

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Posted in Canada, Justice, Public Policy