Justin Trudeau, the new(ish) Canadian Prime Minster, has had quite a year in his quest of positioning Canada as the most liberal progressive country in the world. Within his first month in office he moved Canada from laggard to leader in international climate change talks, leading global negations toward the most ambitious climate change deal … Continue reading Smoking a Legal Joint in Canada
Like many last night, I watched in horrific amazement as Donald Trump was voted in as the US President. His championing of disenfranchised American workers, his utter rejection of the status quo (both politically and socially) and his promise to Make America Great Again .. it all resonated. Firstly, and it pains me to say … Continue reading Making America Great Again – a (very painful) necessary first step
Alert – Policy Wonk Post Canada and the US have recently signed onto the Trans Pacific Partnership – a massive agreement to liberalize trade between North America and Asia. For the political right and economists, it represents the next big step in globalized free trade and all the economic efficiency that comes with it. For … Continue reading Globalized Free Trade and Threats to Sovereignty
You overhear an unsettling conversation in the cafeteria at the Florida Environmental Agency "Its fuckin' hotter than a whore's cunt in here!"; "Yeah! Must be that god damned climate change". Pretty offensive right? Actually more than offensive - it's illegal. I know what you're thinking - talking about a whore's cunt is pretty shocking and … Continue reading Is there really anything more offensive than climate change?
Canada's new prosecution laws came into force this weekend. So, as of Saturday, purchasing sex and sexual services in Canada is criminalized. The new laws represent a far more aggressive and draconian approach to criminalizing prostitution than had previously been in place. This is ironic, since the old (less criminalization-aggressive) prostitution laws were recently struck … Continue reading Canada’s New Prostitution Laws – What’s Really Going on in the Northern Liberal Bastion
Being Sunday, I thought it was a good day to reflect on how we can increase the harmony in which we all live - how can we reconcile on the issues that divide us. One thing I spend quite a lot of time thinking about is how to reconcile our very legitimate desire for economic … Continue reading Reconciliations: Our Economy and Our Environment
Watching the US healthcare debate, from Clinton to Bush to Obama makes me weep. Second only to environment, in my opinion, health care has been a pawn in the right/left political debate, where both sides have allowed short term political positioning to trump advances on an issue critical to our lives. And it is, literally, … Continue reading Finding Common Ground: Healthcare