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10
Feb
What should we expect our politicians to know?

What should we expect our politicians to know?

What depth and range of knowledge should we expect from our political leaders? And how can we assess their range of knowledge?

In an era where politicians appear to be prepped, packaged, and spun as never before, journalists and the general public may feel more stymied in trying to fathom the minds and the characters of candidates.

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27
Jan
Epiphanies

Epiphanies

Despite the title, this will not be a catalogue of great conversion experiences or transcendent loves. Those I will save for my novel, if I ever get around to writing it.

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13
Jan
Science, politics & climate change

Science, politics & climate change

Theories about climate change are supposed to be scientific theories — or hypotheses. Therefore, whether you accept them or question them should, in theory, at least depend on the weight of the evidence, pro or con.

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30
Dec
The first shot heard around the world

The first shot heard around the world

We have just marked the anniversary of an assassination that matters largely because it has become part of the boomer shared memory bank, being the first truly significant story of the television age.

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16
Dec
The Senate speech Harper should make

The Senate speech Harper should make

The late New York Times columnist (and Nixon speechwriter) William Safire used to write columns channelling the inner voice of various politicians such as Richard Nixon and Boris Yeltsin. Here, in this tradition, is my version of the speech Steven Harper should or might deliver about the Senate scandal.

My fellow Canadians:

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