politics

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 »

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 »

Christian Bullies

Christian Bullies
June 13, 2012 1 Comment »

If Christianity with political power looks like the US right now, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to live in a Christian theocracy. Between laws passing in the U.S. forcing women to undergo invasive procedures in the name of convincing ... 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 »

Best of blog 2008

December 31, 2008 Comments Off on Best of blog 2008

Most thoughtful posts: The death of school The price of freedom of speech Edupunk is knobbly Universal or personal salvation? Big news: Canadian coup d’état Elections: The *United* States? I don’t think so There’s gotta be a better way Nerdiest: ... Read More »

Canadian coup d’état

December 4, 2008 3 Comments »

So obviously, the big news in politics this week is the possibility that the government of Canada might be defeated on a confidence motion, possibly ushering in the first coalition government in over 90 years.  The fact that 114 Liberal ... Read More »

The *United* States? I don’t think so

November 5, 2008 7 Comments »

While both Obama’s speech and McCain’s concession talked about the need to come together to heal the divide, I can’t help but think that American politics are more polarized today than ever before.  A comments thread on one of the ... Read More »

There’s gotta be a better way

November 5, 2008 1 Comment »

So, we know Canada’s FPTP system is messed up – parties end up in charge based on a plurality, lacking even a simple majority.  This evening, it seemed to me that the American system is not an improvement.  Even with ... Read More »

Compelling video

November 1, 2008 1 Comment »

Scott McLeod at Dangerously Irrelevant has posted two videos about Generation WE, also known as the millenials.  While I supposed I’m probably too old to be part of that generation, some of what they have to say resonated with me.  ... Read More »

Accurate depiction

October 26, 2008 1 Comment »

Showing again why he’s my favourite political cartoonist, Cam produced this hilariously on-target comic Read More »