Category Politics

Remembrance Day 2018

One hundred years ago today the guns fell silent. Back then they called it “The War To End All Wars.” It wasn’t. Now it is a name and number: World War One. Millions more would die in armed conflict over the next hundred years and continue to die today in smaller conflicts around the globe. […]

Voting Day

If you are an American, get out and vote today. It is important to exercise your franchise. Democracy is only strong when people participate. I doubt if today’s vote in the US is as important as some people are making it. There has been a fair amount of hysteria online about this election, more than […]

Up In Smoke

Take a deep breath. On second thought, maybe you had better not. The second-hand smoke is likely to be pretty thick. Canada’s Liberal government has finally kept an election promise, albeit one that should not have been made. Today, possession and use of recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada. Criminal lawyers are rejoicing. The business […]

Talking Trade

When you get thrown under the bus, your first priority is to avoid the wheels. Once you have done that, you figure out your next move. These days Canada’s Prime Minister is doing his best to not get hit by the wheels. Last Monday the US and Mexico announced a trade deal to replace NAFTA, […]

A Special Place in Hell

He’s recanted and repented, but it seems a bit forced and not particularly heartfelt. Memo to the US government: you might want to make sure your messaging is a little less emotionally charged. That might save you some worldwide embarrassment. The recent trade spat between the US and Canada has me wondering about the theological […]

The Biggest Prize

After a week of reflections on the trail above St. Ulrich, I’m ready for a break. We’ll return to the trail in a few days, but I have a few other things on my mind that I want to share. Barrack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize when he had been the American president for […]

Ontario Votes

We take a break from our Black Forest series today because…. …it is voting day in Ontario. Voters are set to choose which of the three major parties will form the government. I will admit to not being all that excited. If we were still living in the province, I would probably have written extensively […]