Mushy in the Middle

It’s a common lament when Canada goes to the polls, whether federally, provincially, or municipally.  The parties are all the same! Why bother picking one? There’s hardly a difference between…

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Nature — Red in Tooth and Claw

Appeals to nature are painfully common in our public discourse. From capitalism being the most natural economic system (a loathsomely clumsy comparison to Charles Darwin’s survival of the fittest) to…

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Smile! You’re on Camera

Have you ever screamed at your printer because it wouldn’t print? Or your computer because you hit a hotkey and did something you couldn’t figure out how to undo (hint:…

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Controlling Birth Control

Control over control is part of any government’s operations.  Regulating the extent to which other entities, like corporations or people, control their own affairs is a natural consequence of having…

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Democracy How? (Part 1 — Canada)

Much thought and talk is given over to what our government ought to do. Not enough is given over to how it is done. Consider a computer programmer. Sitting down…

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Paid Donation Is Past Due

Buying blood should be a legal method of procuring it. Facetious “late-stage capitalism” comments aside, it’s the best way to meet demand with supply. Canada does not allow the selling…

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Who’s Too Short to Be President?

Welcome to your morning newscast. Today’s top story: Did you know if you’re less than 6 ft. tall, you can’t be president? Who knew? Canada is crawling uncertainly, as it…

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Minimums and Maximums

Don’t worry. I’m not talking about minimum and maximum sentencings in criminal proceedings – a topic virtually guaranteed to provoke unpleasant arguments over the dinner table. This should provoke some…

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Taking Our Jobs? At Least Someone Is

It’s not a well-known fact, but in the United States and — to a certain extent — Canada, getting crops from field to fork and products from factory to shelf…

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Fixing a Law Is Not Attacking Its Aim

In Ontario, animal rights legislation is enforced by an organization called the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — A private organization, not subject to all the…

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