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This latest BC electoral reform referendum was supposed to give voters the clear choice between the status quo and change. As one who campaigned vigorously for the ‘ No’ side, I really thought that democracy and First Pass the Post… Continue Reading →

Which Way to Turn?

We are living in times of potentially great cultural, economic and political paradigm shifts,  where baby boomers like  me give way to millennials, where fossil fuels are replaced by green energy, traditional churches are supplanted by less conventional forms of… Continue Reading →

Horgan vs. Wilkinson

Tonight was supposed to be the time when all my doubts about Proportional Representation (PR) were going to be resolved in a half hour television debate between Premier Horgan and Leader of the Opposition Andrew Wilkinson. What I got instead… Continue Reading →

“Sharkwater Extinction”

I went with Belle last night to watch Rob Stewart’s posthumous film on the plight of sharks the world over. “Sharkwater Extinction” is one of those signature documentaries that says a lot simply by telling a compelling story filled with… Continue Reading →

The Potentially Divisive Face of Local Politics

I have just come off a grueling five week political campaign at the municipal level, and feel like my time has been poorly spent in terms of overall results. Sure, there was big time change, with a number of big… Continue Reading →

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 →

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