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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.

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…

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…

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. :(

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.

I have finally tweeted

Twitter meets Sherwin meets the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Did you know that everyone has a declared right to form and join a trade union? It’s part of Article 23.

The Robert Dziekanski case

The officers failed to properly assess and respond to the situation effectively. Then they used too much force. Then they failed to administer CPR. Then the officers lied. Then their superiors and media relations officers lied…

Struggling to form an analysis: is liberalism dead?

I generally have ideas about things. I tend towards being opinionated. I have a view of the world that is robust enough that I can fit a surprisingly large amount of new stuff into it without much trouble. But lately I’ve been feeling confused and outmatched by a world of politics that is…

Water is connected to everything

Okay I get that some folks think that everything is connected to everything. Some moments I think that too. But that flattens the universe. And mostly hippies think that. Go deeper. Some connections matter than others. Even people that believe in astrology believe that our connection to stars is more important than our connection to…

Discourse analysis of the National Post media surrounding Pickton

Soon I am embarking on a discourse analysis of the National Post’s coverage of the Robert Pickton murders. This is my second foray into a discourse analysis of a major media outlet. The first was on the Calgary Herald and I was interested in their analysis and value judgments of climate change issues. This time…

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