Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia

Where are you right now?

That question is deeper than it sounds, and a great deal turns on the reply given. Most inhabitants of the Americas know that the modern-day countries on these two continents began as European settler colonies. Far fewer are aware, beyond some casual trivia, of the depths of the suffering that Indigenous peoples experienced at the hands of the invaders. Nor are those crimes fully imparted to students through school curricula, even if some jurisdictions have finally begun teaching the heart-rending history of the residential school system.

As recognition of the need for truth and reconciliation…

Source: Crain’s New York

America and the world are, at long last, rid of Donald Trump the President. His nepotistic family and venal associates, whose litany of improprieties runs longer than the golf course on which Mr. Trump was informed of his defeat, have been similarly cast out, at least for now.

The same cannot be said for the factors that enabled Trump’s rise to power in the first place. Some of them, such as an America that is steadily becoming more ethnically and culturally diverse, should be celebrated. …

Credit: Axios

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference,” once stated the late Auschwitz survivor, Elie Wiesel. “To be in the window and watch people being sent to concentration camps or being attacked in the street and do nothing, that’s being dead…. What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor but the silence of the bystander.”

The dark period in history through which Wiesel had the misfortune of living engendered an entire generation of philosophers whose contemplation of moral questions influence the character of modern society. …

Someday, some poor bastard grinding away for minimum wage will be burdened with the thankless task of etching a commemoration into Donald Trump’s epitaph. The most charitable thing I can imagine it saying goes something like this:

Here rests the body of Donald John Trump. May God pity his restless soul.

He grew up in the shadow of his wealthy, loveless father from which he would never escape. Perhaps as a consequence of this materially opulent but emotionally austere upbringing — though we shall never know for certain — a personality disorder robbed him of empathy for his fellow human…

They say history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. There can be no better demonstration of that maxim than the time we are living through currently. There’s also nothing like a global emergency to show the importance of being prepared — and to expose those who are not. As Warren Buffet once quipped, “it’s only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

We are about to find out. Stock markets plummeted when trading opened on Monday, March 9, in panicked reaction to the dual menace of an oil-price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia coupled…

Credit: Atdhe Mulla/Prishtina Insight

Excuse me, that’s political “debates,” because very little genuine debate ever takes place at these events. It’s more of an opportunity for politicians to utter carefully rehearsed, focus-group-tested slogans. The things they say could usually fit on a bumper-sticker. Listen for emotive words and phrases designed to get the people going. Stuff like:

  • Real
  • Hope
  • Change
  • Get Ahead
  • Forward
  • Together
  • Hard-working families/folks/Americans/Canadians
  • Kitchen table
  • The middle-class (“and those working hard to join it”)
  • Wall Street/Bay Street vs Main Street
  • Men and women in uniform

What do words like “real,” “change,” and “forward” mean, precisely? Never mind what they mean. You…

Credit: Beacon Rock Golf Course/CNN

Scientific reports can be downright impenetrable. If you’d like to learn about the science of climate change without wading through pages of jargon, check out my other article.

Imagine you have a large aquarium in your house filled with twenty-five rare, exotic fish from around the world. They are your prized possessions, and they’re virtually irreplaceable. Each fish is worth $1000.

One day, you notice that the tank has cracked and sprung a small leak. More like a trickle, really. You put a piece of duct tape over it and the leak stops. You wake up the next morning, however, to find that the tape has peeled off and the leak has resumed. It seems that the water pressure is simply too high for a Band-Aid solution. You…

Credit: Global News

“This campaign is not about politics,” Jason Kenney declared gallantly to kick off his United Conservative Party’s (UCP) 2019 Alberta election campaign. “It’s about people.”

Good one. If he wants to live in a land without politics, he should move to Narnia. But he knows that already.

Mr. Kenney’s holier-than-thou proclamation is a textbook manoeuvre from a master of the political dark arts. Alberta’s election commissioner and the RCMP are currently investigating whether Kenney colluded with Jeff Callaway during the UCP’s 2017 leadership race to sink the candidacy of Kenney’s main rival, Brian Jean. …

Source: The Nation

The winds of change are gaining strength. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), a rookie congresswoman from New York, has unveiled a vision for a Green New Deal while proposing a 70 percent tax on income over $10 million. Even establishment voices are joining the chorus, with newspapers such as Forbes and Business Insider publishing pieces highlighting the heights of wealth inequality in America. And when the New York Times puts an op-ed entitled Abolish Billionaires above the fold, as it did in February 2019, you know something is truly afoot.

That article followed on the heels of the World Economic Forum’s annual…

If your dreams of military glory don’t pan out, there’s always live action role playing. Source: PBS

The United States has as many guns as it has people. That’s roughly 40 percent of the world’s firearms for about 4.5 percent of the world’s population. It’s no secret that America is packing heat. The secret is who owns it — and why.

Just 3 percent of adults own half of all civilian guns in the U.S.; 22 percent of adults own them all. For that top 3 percent it works out to an average of 17 guns each. Assuming that each of these people also has an average of two hands, they must have a reason beyond mere…

Brad Stollery

2018 winner of the Dalton Camp Award for essay-writing. M.A. Political Science. I'll go to the mat for the Oxford comma.

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