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The Holly Jolly Season of Transit Strike Stupidity Ends.

February 2, 2009


I can’t help but think — and therefore write — that the only reason the Oc Transpo strike went on for as long as it did, without Federal intervention, is simply because most Federal MPs were not in Ottawa to experience the difficulties. E.g. “Hey, how come I can’t get a cab?” “Hey, what’s with […]

Ideology is not a four-letter word.

December 10, 2008


In December 2006, I returned to Canada, after living in New Zealand for five years, and was fortunate enough to find work as an Adviser to a Member of Parliament in February 2007. Having all but ignored Canadian politics in my time away, favouring Kiwi politics and political philosophy instead, I was immediately struck by […]

Policy Brief: Poverty

December 8, 2008


Policy Statement Governments should adopt policies that secure for all persons an income sufficient to avoid absolute poverty, that provides all persons sufficient opportunity to avoid relative poverty, and that also eliminates the short- and long-term effects of poverty. Poverty’s two aspects The material conditions of poverty can and should be distinguished from its physical, […]

Making Sense of Political Debate

November 26, 2008


Humans love to name things. From an early age, we leave our mark on the world, attempt to control it, and even demonstrate our allegiance to others by naming and agreeing to be named. Unfortunately, names aren’t the powerful tools we sometimes imagine them to be. To name a thing does not give us control […]