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Gleanings from some great books

So what is Malcomson up to reading this Christmas? Remember, he is the right-wing moderate who is retired with so much time on his hands that if he didn’t have a book to turn to, he would drive his dear… Continue Reading →

Never Close

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 →

Not a Good Bet

Last night I noticed that the nations of the world wound up their latest UN summit in Poland where emissaries from over 160 countries got together to set the rule book for enforcing new emission standards for fighting climate change…. Continue Reading →

A Mary Poppins’ Experience

Every so often I like to do a major overhaul in my life. That means out with the old and in with the new, in the hope that I can still improve with age. Like in the iconic movie, where… Continue Reading →

My Second Technical

I was part of a referee team that officiated a number of tournament games in the city yesterday. On the whole, the experience was effective, except for one brief moment when I had to issue my first technical foul to… Continue Reading →

The End of an Era

The Green Bay Packers finally got around to doing the inevitable: management fired Mike McCarthy as the longest surviving Packer head coach in the team’s history. As a Packer fan, over many years, I have become very blase about the… Continue Reading →

Taking on the Impossible

Today, I faced the impossible challenge in indoor mat bowling: I was the member of a team of three that on paper was definitely underskilled when compared with our own opponents. As draws go, nobody on our side had international… Continue Reading →

Getting Rid of Some Idols

I have become a curious spectacle of humanity these days as I try to divest myself of sports teams that I have been supporting all these years. Not an easy feat to accomplish because my loyalties go deep as a… 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 →

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