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On Historical Erasure

On Historical Erasure
September 2, 2017 No Comments »

As Confederate monuments fall in the US, and Ontario school debate removing the name of Sir John A. Macdonald from elementary schools, I thought it would be a good time to talk about historical erasure. I have a special interest ... Read More »

Abortion: what we get wrong

Abortion: what we get wrong
March 10, 2016 Comments Off on Abortion: what we get wrong

In my ongoing quest to ensure that I will never be able to run for elected office, I decided to write on abortion. John Oliver, who I normally agree with on most things, did a 20 minute piece on the ... Read More »

Why I’m voting NDP tomorrow

Why I’m voting NDP tomorrow
October 18, 2015 Comments Off on Why I’m voting NDP tomorrow

Those of you who’ve watched this space for a while know that I generally do not consider myself beholden to any particular political party. I tend to vote based on policies, so without further ado, the policies that decided me ... Read More »

Guns! Guns for everyone!

Guns! Guns for everyone!
October 2, 2015 3 Comments »

I’m no longer surprised by the usual suspects crawling out of the woodwork in the wake of a mass shooting, wanting to add more guns to the mix instead of taking away the ones that are causing the problem. I ... Read More »

Blame the victim

Blame the victim
December 13, 2013 Comments Off on Blame the victim

I appreciate the fact that our society is now having a good talk about the language used in rapes, whether it was “she was asking for it,” or “she shouldn’t have drunk so much.”  It’s a good conversation to have ... Read More »

A good word

A good word
May 20, 2011 2 Comments »

A teaching friend of mine sent around this letter recently.  It’s written in response to CBC Radio Morning Edition’s Scott Watson’s take on the May 5th walkout.  I don’t know the teacher who wrote it, but I think it bears ... Read More »

Takeaways from the election

May 3, 2011 Comments Off on Takeaways from the election

So here’s what I got out of last night’s election: Majority government: Finally, after years of successive minorities, we have a majority again.  Now maybe the government can actually get out of perpetual campaign mode and start working. This is ... Read More »

Thoughts on the French language debate

April 14, 2011 Comments Off on Thoughts on the French language debate

Okay, I get why we have to have a leaders’ debate in French: Quebec is such a large block of votes that any party ignores it at its peril. But Duceppe owns these debates for two reasons: 1) it’s his ... Read More »

Quick impressions on the English-language debate

April 13, 2011 2 Comments »

My thoughts on last night’s leader debate: Harper seemed robotic, and was apparently talking to someone down and to the right of the camera lens.  While he stayed on message (that the Cons are responsible for the quick recovery of ... Read More »

The perfect storm of education finance

April 27, 2010 4 Comments »

My district finds itself in a bit of a pickle finance-wise this year.  Three factors have come together to create one of the toughest financial times this school district has faced. The first is inability to raise our own funds.  ... Read More »

Real medal counts

March 1, 2010 3 Comments »

Alfred Thompson mentioned earlier today via Twitter that he was interested in seeing medal counts per population for the countries involved.  Realising that this kind of math was right up my alley, I decided to make such a table for ... Read More »

Liberal beliefs held conservatively

September 15, 2009 6 Comments »

The middle of this last week was spent in Saskatoon at the UofR’s internship seminar.  The seminar itself was nothing to get excited about; fairly routine procedural stuff.  In the course of one of the discussions, however, an interesting debate ... Read More »