Category Archives: canada

Nowhere to Run?

LILLEY: Trudeau’s best poll numbers still have him losing the fall election (Toronto Sun)Koch Brothers, Tea Party Billionaires, Donated To Right-Wing Fraser Institute, Reports Show (Huffington Post Canada) In the leadup to the 2004 presidential election, there were many people who stated that they would move to Canada if George W. Bush got reelected. A big part of me wanted to make the move, but I just couldn’t leave Mom that way (and since her husband died before the next presidential election, that was probably a good move…

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A Province to Call Home?

First past the post vs. proportional representation: B.C.’s referendum explained (CBC) Jared Golden declared winner of first ranked-choice congressional election, but challenge looms (Portland Press Herald) Brian Kemp’s Win In Georgia Is Tainted by Voter Suppression (Mother Jones) The combination of my growing interest in politics of all stripes in the early 1990’s, and me living close enough to the Canadian border that I was regularly watching CBC to satiate my hockey fix, meant that I quickly got hooked on CBC’s Friday night political comedy…

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The Sweet Spot of (Intellectual) Stimulation

‘We’re sex workers and we vote’: Women’s March event shines light on a marginalized group (yahoo.com) I released my second book of classroom exercises, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes 2, a few days ago. As with the first book in the series, it’s an extension of my efforts to find ways to reach modern students, to stimulate their minds and get them to think about a variety of issues from various perspectives, to help them develop the critical thinking skills that will help…

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Plumb Crazy

In addition to being sick, and just plain busy with a hundred things, it’s been hard for me to come here to write because most of my spare time has been spent following the election, and I just don’t have that much to say about the election. I’ve got the worst case of election burnout I can ever remember having, and instead of doing the smart thing and taking a break, I’m just going to tough it out for the next nineteen days. It’s not…

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Things that make you puke

I’d like to post a bit of a follow-up to a post earlier this month about a television commercial about workplace safety on Canadian television that features incredibly graphic images of a woman with her skin peeling off as the result of accidentally throwing hot oil all over herself. First of all, if you didn’t read the comments to the post, I found a copy of the commercial on YouTube later on, although before I link to it I just want to reiterate that this…

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