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Pot is Legal, Not Safe

Talk about a hollow victory: as of this morning, the sale and consumption of marijuana is legal per regulations that make It illegal to sell to a minor, sell outside a certified dispensary, and smoke in a public space or… Continue Reading →

Break the Slate?

This past month I have spent considerable time helping some political friends get elected here in Greater Victoria. The group I am associated with is called United for Saanich, which is headed up by the incumbent mayor, one councillor, and… Continue Reading →

What’s In It For Me?

So US and Canadian negotiators have reached a so-called last-minute trade deal meant to overhaul the current NAFTA. After months of gut-wrenching, politically-rife, in-your-face talks, both sides have reached a drop-dead point where they are ready to take 100 pages… Continue Reading →

Nomination in Trouble?

A week in politics and anything can happen, so the old apothegm goes. No truer words when it comes to the ongoing Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh in Washington, DC. As a avid political watcher, I have spent several… Continue Reading →

A Court Ruling with Interesting Implications

For the past four months the Regina Park or Camp Namegan has been attracting a lot of public attention when it comes to the plight of the homeless. Under the controversial and often intemperate ¬†leadership of self-acclaimed activist, Kristi Brett,… Continue Reading →

China on the Rise

China’s economy, since the late 1970s, has been often compared to a giant roller-coaster ride with many dips, swings and rises as it rapidly moves towards greater global prominence. Two major political engines, during this extraordinary period of growth, play… Continue Reading →

Things Heating up for the Fall

I haven’t had much to say about the world of sports these days because my mind has been on other matters infinitely more important. But that all could be changing as my summer reading concludes, the outdoor bowling season ends,… Continue Reading →

How policy gets implemented at the top in China?

According to Professor Zweig, the mantle of real power in Chinese politics rests on the ability of its new leader, the CCP’s general-secretary, to first garner and build meaningful support in the politburo’s standing committee, for any policy initiatives or… Continue Reading →

Compassion with no clear endgame

We have, on the outskirts of our city, yet another tent encampment taking shape. It consists of eighty to ninety campers living in an open field by a main highway going into town from up island. The conditions are primitive,… Continue Reading →

Wising up to Trump

There are many of us who are still trying to wrestle with the larger-than-life public persona of Donald Trump, America’s 45th president, as he continue to weigh in on and influence the outcome of world affairs. This past week has… Continue Reading →

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