In a Time of Crisis, Journalism Needs to Be a Check on Power More Than Ever

Canada is still in the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis and unfortunately, on top of begging for masks to wear, it seems that some journalists are also begging for…

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Our War On Drugs Can Only Grow Bloodier

The War on Drugs. For most in Canada and the United States, it’s a familiar concept. A wholesale, all-out war against the drug pushers and their minions. But, it’s also…

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Class and Loathing in the Suburbs

It goes without saying that where and how you grow up (family dynamics, neighborhood, household income, schooling, etc.) plays a large part in shaping your conscious and unconscious attitudes. Your…

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Evidence-Based Is Ethical

I’m a fan of thinking things through and reasoning for myself. Most people are, to a greater or lesser extent.  But evidence trumps my reason. I make an effort (and…

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Private Power Is Not “The Market”

Many people who consider themselves proponents of free markets are comfortable with the idea that any deregulation or privatization is, at least somewhat, a victory for the principles of markets…

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Public Washrooms

You’re out, maybe with some friends, downtown. You’re having a good time nowhere in particular, bouncing between bars and venues as the mood strikes you, when something else strikes you….

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Capitalism Is Great, But Liberalism Can’t Rest on Those Laurels

In a country like Canada, one benefit of modern capitalism — paired with a set of social safety nets — is that most areas of the country1 are basically good…

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Pants, as Well as Rainforests, on Fire

The fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest caused as much of a conflagration on social media as amongst the trees themselves.  Though fire can be a natural phenomenon in any…

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Compulsory Voting

“Wow. Voter turnout these days is really in the toilet. Even in this bare-knuckle, no-holds-barred, going for the throat and genitals (not in that order) kinda election, only what, 60…

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Thanks, But No Thanks

Over a year ago, when the Ontario general election (that I did not cast a vote in) was happening, I saw encouragement on social media for voters to consider declining…

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