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David McLaren

  • A Very American Coup

    The corporate coup against the White House failed in the summer 1933. But it could succeed in November 2012. It’s time President Obama took a page or two from the counter-insurgency tactics of President Roosevelt. He hasn’t yet, and time is running out.

  • IJC Report on Great Lakes

    Living on a First Nation and looking across the boundary line is a little like looking through the wrong end of a telescope—your field of view is wider, the picture is clearer, and Canada looks a lot further away than it really is. People who have lived on a reserve will know what I mean. For those who haven’t, well Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore; although which side of the boundary is Oz depends a great deal on which side of the line you’re standing.

  • The case against Julian Assange

    What is it that’s making governments in the West so afraid of information?

  • Shooting Star: Techumseh Redux

    Tecumseh, the great Shawnee War Chief of the 1812 War is vilified in the US and honoured (sort of) in Canada. But in Canada’s centenary celebrations of the War of 1812, Tecumseh is largely being ignored.

  • Nukes in the Bruce

    18 communities are being considered by NWMO to host an underground repository for high-level nuclear waste (used fuel) from all the reactors in Canada.

  • The Rumpelstiltskin Effect

    Once upon a time (actually 1994), in a not so distant land (Wall Street, in fact), there lived a king (the CEO of JP Morgan) who sent his underlings down to a swanky resort in Florida to figure out how to make more money. It wasn’t that his bank didn’t have enough money, it was just that the king wanted more for himself.

  • What are we to make of 100 days of mayhem in Montreal?

    Coddled kids with a mistaken sense of entitlement? Yes there’s some of that. But if it were just that, the strike would have fizzled out long before now.

  • Canada has come down in the world

    When we look at the leaders of the parties in an election we ask ourselves, even unconsciously, would we want them as neighbours. Would they borrow my lawnmower and bring it back? Would they pitch in and help if the neighbourhood needed cleaning up or would they take off to Timmy’s for the afternoon?

  • The Conservative Deficit

    ‘Economist’ is just a Greek word for ‘household manager.’ We all have households of one sort or another. Managing them is not rocket science. So why do governments seem to have such a hard time managing the Canadian household, especially Conservative governments?

  • The Parliament of Fouls

    The nature of contempt hasn’t changed much, but thank goodness our governments have made some progress on how they deal with a troublesome opposition. Now they just send everyone home, turn out the lights and lock the doors.

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