Petrostatehood is not a zero or one

Some time ago Nikiforuk published an article at Foreign Policy declaring Canada a petrostate. It caused a big splash and became a talking point in the culture wars that make up Canadian politics. Stephen Saideman called it hyperbole. And Andrew Leech called it short on evidence...

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People died for this right

I've heard countless pious prescriptions to do such and such, because "people fought and died for this right." There are many versions of this cliché. They are all clichés. And they are all terribly lazy...

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Why Catholics hate: a primer

The official Catholic doctrine is that homosexual conduct, including non-sexual, romantic behaviour, is immoral. The Catholic church writes and defends this view. The Catholic church preaches this to their members. And the Catholic church teaches this to students...

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About “See the veil for what it is”

It is likely that any article written by a white male journalist that starts with a title like "See the veil for what it is" would raise my hackles. So when I saw the article today I had a bit of a reflexive response: here's another white guy, with little demonstrated understanding of women's issues, feminism, or Islam, about to tell us what the veil really is.

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Fracking, colonization and the Peace Country

Went to a public forum last night to hear about fracking in Northeastern BC. I thought I already knew how bad hydraulic fracturing and shale gas extraction are. But there is nothing quite like having graphs and maps enriched by honest, heartfelt stories, told by real breathing humans...

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Democracy is not zero or one

Democracy is not a single style of governance. Democracy is not simply about having elections. Democracies come in many colours and fashions. Democracy is a matter of degree and dimension...

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Questions for Michael Shermer

I've been a big fan of Skeptic Magazine for many years. And I am a big fan of science. My thesis was about, in part, science and the philosophy of science. I have some science training and I have some…

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Stephen Harper: election 41

Yes, this poster is inspired by the commissioned work of Shepard Fairey. It's a reflection of my hopes and interests this election. By all means, if you're interested, download, share, copy and reprint this work. The original photo that it's based on is by Reimy Steinegger. For another poster in a similar vein, check out Bob Preston.

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Rex Murphy

There was a time when Rex Murphy spoke difficult truths and challenged powerful institutions. There was a time when Rex Murphy was a journalist that I might listen to. But no more...

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Harper’s Conservatives on coalitions

Harper's Conservatives, and the business media that share their interest, have been very negative about national coalitions. My understanding is that half of Canadians favour them. That's many more Canadians than favour the Conservatives. And Harper has been somewhat duplicitous about his own interest in them...

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More on strategic voting

It's time for Liberals and NDP'ers to vote strategically on behalf of Elizabeth May. The Greens, the NDP and the Liberals have been splitting the progressive vote in the Sidney Saanich Gulf Islands riding for many elections. The result has been the continual re-election of Conservative Gary Lunn. :(

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Election 41

We are always in the difficult position of balancing our principles and values with the constraints and parameters of the situation we find ourselves in; if you can't tell, I'm a strategic voter.

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