Are “We the People” Just Too Stupid for Democracy?

I admit that is a harsh question. But I think it is a fair question. But before explaining why, let me start by saying that I believe the cliché about the electorate always being right to be true. Lat night, Manitobans re-elected the Progressive Conservatives led by Brian Pallister. While some are elated with that…

Manitoba Election: A Fool’s Forgotten Tale

Let’s play a little name recognition game. Don’t use a search engine, that would be cheating. Look at the following names. June Westbury, William Bayley, George Little, Albert Smith, Norma McCormick, George Palmer, Duncan Lloyd, William Short, Donald Smith, Curtis Bird, Hugh Armstrong, Henry Clarke, George Coldwell, Dwight Johnson, William Sexsmith, Walter Clark, Ivan Schultz,…

From Market Lands to Treaty Lands; The Ghosts of the 1870’s

In 1875, a year after Winnipeg’s birth and a mere eight years after Canada appeared amongst the nations of the world, a generous settler family made a gift of land to the City of Winnipeg. The donors were members of the Ross family which included William Ross, Winnipeg’s first Postmaster, his wife Jemima and sister…

The Strike for Freedom: From 1919 to Here

It is human nature to want to be free. We may all want freedom, but paradoxically, freedom has never been free. It was hard earned with blood, sweat and lives - millions of lives. It was not so long ago that work and employment were questions of freedom. Throughout history, men and women who worked…