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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

We at the Common Sense Canadian will be dealing with the Site C project in some depth and from the outset we would like to acknowledge the tremendous work and research done by our colleague, well known economist Erik Andersen, who cut his professional teeth dealing with government spending. I would like to test a […]

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Three Samara nominations

I’m astonished and hugely flattered to learn that a long time listener and reader of my stuff, Gavin Bamber, has nominated three of my books for recognition as the top Canadian political books of the past 25 years by Samara. This about Samara and the awards. 25 Influential Books on Politics: Samara will be collecting […]

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Awhile back I did a piece on nuclear energy and you would have thought I was in favour of hanging petty thieves (that theory belongs to the Harper Conservatives). I said nothing in favour of nuclear but only made the point that before anything is rejected, it (the modern version) should be studied so we […]

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I have been in politics or commenting on them (same thing) back to the days of WAC Bennett. My first published piece was a criticism of Bennett’s position on the failed (thankfully) Victoria Charter. During that time I’ve seen plenty of gilding the lily, massaging of the truth, opinions presented as truth – in fact […]

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A Book Lover’s Lament

The pleasures of roaming a small bookshop, the joy of holding a bound tome. Fading fast? Whither books? Are they doomed to be curiosities on an antique table, along with coal oil lamps and ear trumpets? They well might be, with the advent of the e-book accessing hundreds of thousands of books — and cheaply. […]

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Last article I spoke of civil disobedience, a legitimate tool of dissent in a democracy when a government makes political decisions without public consultation and to the exclusion of all but the powerful. We have just such a decision forthcoming with federal and provincial approval of the Enbridge pipelines from the Tar Sands to Kitimat […]

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One is not supposed to anticipate lawbreaking, much less say that one will participate. Interesting that as I write this, it is the 71st anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister of Britain. I claim no resemblance to the great man – I only say that I learned from him that candour is the only […]

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It’s been a few days now since our momentous federal election and I’m trying to make some sense of it from the environmentalist standpoint. The good news is, of course, the election of Elizabeth May – even though as one lone voice in parliament she can do little in any formal sense. She can be […]

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It was not, over all, a great night for environmentalists in BC with the very notable exception of the election of Elizabeth May as the first Green Party MP in our history. She will find that she has taken on the responsibility of being one of BC’s main spokespeople on environmental matters and The Common […]

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