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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

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

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

Everyone should have a Magna Carta (#NaBloPoMo Day 9)

‘We’re just a million little gods causing rainstorms, turning every good thing to rust.’ Arcade Fire’s words from Wake Up perfectly sums up the tone these days in the developed world when it comes to many social issues.  Much of

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Posted in Economics, Politics

Moving beyond certainty (#NaBloPoMo Day 8)

Can we not look  further than Cogito Ergo Sum to approach issues of common interest?  For all that I discussed in my Day 6 post demonstrating how, with freedom, the merit of taking the public/broad interested perspective over a self

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Politics, Public Policy

Why a dialogue on Public Interest is needed (#NaBloPoMo Day 2)

In my opinion, public interest is the most important idea that needs to be addressed in free and democratic societies today.  I had written a recent post on this subject and was in the process of writing a follow up

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, 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