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Counting our Blessings

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I think we are all drawn toward the counting of blessings. As my new book tries to set out, I think of “who we are” as a people and as a nation. And as both, we have much to be thankful for. We are blessed with a peaceful country. Show More Summary

In Tuesday’s Sun: sorry, big media, but you don’t own every word that is uttered

The media are upset. This isn’t a unique thing. It happens a lot. But what makes the latest controversy noteworthy is the subject-matter: an obscure change to Canadian copyright law, buried in a Conservative government omnibus bill. The proposed change would permit political parties to use material published and broadcast by news organizations for free […]

Runaway CO2 off gasing of the ocean at 490 ppm atmospheric concentration

When the magnesium carbonate buffer breaks in the oceans at 490 ppm (atmospheric concentration of CO2) around 7.5 years from today, the ocean will start off gasing CO2, this will cause the atmospheric concentration to increase, which will break the buffer further and cause more CO2 to be off gased. Show More Summary

The speech I did not get to give

I had thought that the debate on sending a military mission into Iraq would allow for me to make a 10 minute speech. Due to the motion for closure, I never had that chance. I had some rough notes of what I had wanted to say and decided to share them. Show More Summary

Conservatives like John Tory seem to suffer from ideologically-driven mental blocks when it comes to "privilege"...

Ugh, just when he was doing so well, just days after I endorsed him on this blog, Toronto mayoral frontrunner John Tory told reporters last night that he doesn't believe "white privilege" exists.It happened in a media scrum after a Jane-Finch...Show More Summary

Forgive me for feeling somewhat vindicated

…two months after the fact. Better late than never, I suppose. I never called him a racist, you know. I simply asked if his policies treated different people differently. If they distinguished between people based on race. I await his apology to me, because I sure as shit withdraw mine to him.     (Oh, […]

Why Malala won: she is one of the few actual Christ-like people alive

At around the four minute mark.   “I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But […]

Bye-bye Globe and Mail

When I was going to Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary, my Dad subscribed to the Globe and Mail.  We got the Herald, too, but both of us thought the Globe was a better-written paper, albeit pretty Toronto-centric.  I loved reading Jay Scott’s stuff – that was a writer.  I adored that man. Anyway. Media […]

In Friday’s Sun: certainty is the first casualty of war – not Justin Trudeau

It was “Justin Trudeau’s lousy week,” declared the Globe and Mail editorial headline. “Justin Trudeau is war’s first casualty,” wrote Chantal Hebert in the liberal (and Liberal) Toronto Star. “Liberal strategy on Iraq suffers from incoherence,” wrote Postmedia’s Michael den Tandt. And so on, and so on. Those were the headlines in media corners that are […]

Climate Change is a threat to food production—one we are ignoring

As the multilateral process within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) works toward a new, more inclusive and stronger treaty to limit greenhouse gases to be completed by December 2015 in Paris, the impacts...Show More Summary

Oceans greater heat explains warming pause

http://www.eco-business.com/news/oceans-greater-heat-explains-warming-pa... Oceans greater heat explains warming pause

"It's about defeating the Fords, stupid." So I'm voting for John Tory!

Bob Hepburn delightfully sums up the state of affairs for about 65%-75% of Torontonians for whom the only issue in this municipal election is kicking the Fords out of the mayor's office after four years of woeful damage to our city's...Show More Summary

Axworthy on the coalition against ISIS

He speaks for quite a few of us, I think: “I was concerned, and I was surprised at the [Liberal] decision to be honest, because traditions and the history and the principles I think of the party were very much centred I think on this idea that part of our mandate, nationally, is to help […]

This Changes Nothing..... really its all about where the entropy is going and where it is not going.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-changes-nothing-capitalism-still-w... Don't believe everything you read. Its really all about entropy and like it or not, Capitalism knows how to channel it, so that an enterprise and endeavour can grow and flourish if the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted. Show More Summary

Climate Change is here!

http://www.liberationnews.org/climate-change/ Climate Change is here!

New Daisy Group web site!

Thanks to the prodding and design work of Bjorn, and the work of Lala and Babs, the new Daisy Group web site is up! Below, some screenshots from the new web site, which is right here. Jump on it and click around and let us know what you think. Comments below are welcome, too.

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