Tag Archives: Canada

Before The Revolution

In early 2020 the politicians and public health officials botched the initial response to COVID-19. I can forgive that – they obviously had no idea what they were doing and were trying their best. That health officials should have been prepared instead of making things up on the fly would seem to be a reasonable […]

Not Your Ordinary Denial

Of course they believe in climate change – most of them anyway. They aren’t stupid. But they are upset. They decided to make a point. Last weekend, delegates to the Conservative Party of Canada policy convention defeated a motion that acknowledged climate change as real. It was embarrassing for leader Erin O’Toole, who has been […]

Is This Crazy?

Canada has a new law on “medical assistance in dying.” It sounds more clinical than what it really is Whether you call it doctor assisted suicide or legalized murder isn’t the point today. What is more at issue is how this new law expands what was already in place. When “maid” was first introduced five […]

Quarantine Nightmares

Was having an email discussion with a friend yesterday about COVID-19, pandemics, lockdowns, restrictions on rights and the necessity for quarantine. His idea was that quarantines help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I won’t reproduce our discussion, except to note that at one point he mentioned Typhoid Mary the American woman who infected dozens of […]

Speak – or Remain Silent?

What do you do when you see an injustice? Do you publicize it? Attempt to correct it? Confront those responsible? What if in doing so you make the situation worse? What if innocent people are harmed by your corrective measures? For Canadian Parliamentarians this isn’t an academic question. On Monday they voted in favor of […]

A Matter of Perspective

I remember it as if it were yesterday, even though it was more than a decade ago. February 19, 2009. For some people it was a really big deal. Barack Obama was coming to Ottawa. Traditionally an American President’s first foreign visit has been to Canada. Donald Trump didn’t follow that, and who knows if […]

How To Vaccinate

When are you getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Have you been told? Does it seem like it is taking too long? I am way down the list. It will be summer when I get the shot. Doesn’t seem to make any difference whether I get it in Canada or Germany, I’m not a high priority. I’m […]

The Next Governor General

The job is open, and I want it. Who wouldn’t? It pays $300,000 annually, with housing included. Canada needs a new Governor General, the previous one having resigned under a cloud. On paper she looked great, but there were problems. No need to go into them here. On paper I don’t look anywhere near as […]

Winter Wonderland

Went for a walk just before the New Year to see the lights of the city. The Pathway of Lights was advertised as a safe activity that could be done while observing social distancing. It did require crossing a provincial border, something that was (it was suggested) against pandemic regulations. I don’t know if that […]

Taking A Break In COVID

I’ve enjoyed the recap of your favorites from 2020, but it was difficult not to interrupt. A couple of times I almost broke into the cycle to deal with some breaking issues. So will be my focus over the next few days. Criticizing politicians is a national sport in Canada. Is it like that where […]