Category Politics

What Election?

There’s an election going on, and I have no idea what the issues are. For a political junkie, that is painful. Even worse, I just discovered there are not one but two elections underway in my area right now. I don’t have a vote in either. I think. Today I’m going to ignore Sulzburg’s municipal […]

The Dynasty Crumbles

Four short years and the dream is over for Alberta’s New Democratic Party, handed a decisive defeat last night as the ballots were counted in the provincial election. Premier Rachel Notley must be wondering what she did wrong. When the NDP won in 2015, it put an end to more than 40 years of Conservative […]

The Gift

A Conservative friend refers to it as “the gift that keeps on giving.” A political scandal that should never have been. As someone with an intense interest in politics, as a sometime practitioner of the art, I cannot believe that Canadians are still talking about the SNC-Lavalin scandal more than two months after it first […]

The Day After Brexit

The sun rose this morning, in the same place it usually does. Even in the United Kingdom – which is still part of Europe after all. – They’ll vote on yet another divorce deal today, British parliamentarians having rejected the first two. Citizens must be getting pretty tired of all the fuss. After all, the […]

Loose Lips

It’s happened again. Politicians spouting their mouths off and (presumably) regretting it later. It probably happens everywhere, but it is the Canadian examples that gall me. During the Second Word War there was a poster found in many places that read “loose lips sink ships.” It was a reminder not to talk about any war-related […]

Shuffling The Deck in Ottawa

Canada’s Prime Minister must be somewhat nervous this morning, as media reports over the weekend said he would be shuffling his cabinet today. It is the third time in as many months. Cabinet shuffles used to be rare things. A Prime Minister would assemble the best talent possible and run with it. You could expect […]

Buyukada Orphanage

I was reading a news report about the possible re-opening of Halki Seminary in Istanbul, which was shuttered by the Turkish government almost 40 years ago, leaving Turkey’s Orthodox church without a seminary to train its priests, when I remembered this post I did four years ago about another Orthodox institution on a neighboring island. […]