The hundred-year journey: Back where we began

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” Aldous Huxley If history repeats, Aldous Huxley succinctly explains why. Our perspectives are shaped by our experiences and our environment. History, though we are aware of it, was someone else’s lived experience and…

The Silent Road to Christchurch

Hate and intolerance do not have a singular definition. They fall on a continuum. Harbouring hateful and intolerant ideas and feelings can reside subtly in the subconscious or they can take the form of extreme violence against those we may hate or are intolerant towards. The murder of fifty Muslim worshippers in Christchurch is the…

The Prime Minister vs the Attorney General

In 2015 Canadians handed Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party a comfortable majority. The electoral success was as much an acceptance of his positive messages for change as it was a repudiation of Stephen Harper’s secretive, fact and science suppressing, barbaric practice dog whistling and other cloistered governing practices over the previous decade. The Liberal government took…

The Third Opium War

One hundred and sixty years ago, the British flooded China with opium and profited while millions of Chinese suffered the painful consequences of addiction. Today, Canada and other nations are being flooded by opiates produced and shipped from China with equally painful consequences. In the early 1800’s China possessed the largest economy in the world.…

Bernier to Leitch; Talking About Canadian Values

Sometimes, it’s not what is said, but how it is said that derails important conversations. In 2017, Conservative leadership candidate Kelli Leitch, introduced the idea of a “Canadian values” test for new immigrants and aspiring citizens. More recently, Maxime Bernier asked, where to draw the line on diversity and suggested that Canada had far too…

Energy East, West or North: Market diversification Canadian economic security

Energy remains a divisive issue in Canada. On the question of production and distribution, the positions of various stakeholder range from “dig, baby dig” to “leave it in the ground”. Between those two irreconcilables solitudes, lies a range of other constituencies with varying opinions. One thing is certain; Canada is home to diverse energy resources…

Building Failure: In Search of Sustainable Cities

“The destructive effects of automobiles are much less a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building”. Jane Jacobs. In most major cities on the planet, the downtown core is the most intensive consumer of capital investments compared to any other part of the city. The typical downtown is often home to commercial…

Fast Cars, Big Screens and a Mean Curve Ball

A few years ago, I was flipping channels between a ball game and News Hour on PBS. Between fastballs and curve balls, I caught parts of an interview with the CEO of Hyundai or Samsung, can’t recall exactly and don’t quite remember his name either. But he was asked “how long into the future his…