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Monthly Archives: September 2012
Robert Joustra  |  September 28, 2012  |  Discipline, Journalism

A few journalists have been caught doing the naughty recently, and not the usual sort. First, internationally best-selling author Fareed Zakaria was suspended in August for having lifted a paragraph from a New Yorker article for a column in TIME. He was reinstated after a brief absence, after issuing a public apology. Now Margaret Wente, from the Globe and Mail, has been accused of almost … MORE »

Richelle Wiseman  |  September 26, 2012  |  Education, Foreign Policy, Religion

After two weeks of riots across the Muslim world, ostensibly due to an offensive amateur YouTube video which insults the Prophet Muhammad, many people across the non-Muslim world might agree that the reaction to the offense far exceeds the offense itself. There is a collective sense of deja vu as we recall the Danish cartoon controversy which erupted seven years ago. The difference is that … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  September 25, 2012  |  Institutions, Parenting

One of the great capacities of the modern age is its ability to deny and, more alarming, refuse to address the negative outcomes of its progress. The most recent example comes in the approach to last week’s release by Statistics Canada on the shape of modern living arrangements. In summary, the 2011 Census report showed that the modern Canadian family structure is as follows: 83.7% … MORE »

Julia Nethersole  |  September 24, 2012  |  Health, Loves

The first autumn days are upon us, and I cannot help but feel premature nostalgia for summertime. While I happily relinquish the toil of those last four years in university to the shelf of memories, I still feel the turnover into September like a loss of freedom. Labour Days have recently meant giving up my freedom from approaching deadlines, from late night treks home from … MORE »

Diane Weber Bederman  |  September 21, 2012  |  Economy, Institutions, Justice, Politics

We have recently heard the views of Mitt Romney in a newly released video where he says that 47% of the American population think of themselves as victims, entitled to government care like food, housing, and shelter. And he claims this same 47% of the population pay no taxes. He seemed to have no compassion or empathy for those who struggle. There was a disdain … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  September 20, 2012  |  Cities, Civic Core, Institutions, Loves

Two converging trends are leading to some ironic demographic conclusions: first, the oft repeated truism that Millennials are flocking to urban cores, part of a process called gentrification; and second, that this urban lifestyle of job switching, meeting friends, potential partners, entertainment, and more is producing what the latest Canadian census describes as shrinking families. Fertility rates have declined from 2.7 in 1961 to 1.9 … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  September 19, 2012  |  Culture, Elites, Politics

“Will the honourable minister simply answer the question—yes or no?” If it only were so straightforward. Voters crave plain-talk from our leaders. They rarely receive it. This week saw Question Period resume in our federal parliament, after the summer break. In the first session, NDP chief Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of the Opposition, used his allotted questions to ask about the country’s economic situation. But … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  September 18, 2012  |  Discipline, Health, Legacy

I make it a particular point of pride to avoid being late meeting anyone 100 years of age and older. So there was reason for amplified anxiety as my wife and I sat in one of Montreal’s now-routine 45-minute traffic jams on Sunday afternoon. Yet there we were, immobilized on an off-ramp of Highway 20, trying to make our way down a detour while Lucille … MORE »

Peter Menzies  |  September 17, 2012  |  Death, Legacy, Politics

The first time I heard of Peter Lougheed was just before the last time Alberta changed its government. I was 16. It was the summer of 1971. My oilpatch family was on vacation in Calgary from England, where we were living. Peter Lougheed was in the midst of his second election campaign—one that would see his Progressive Conservative party capture control of the legislature. This … MORE »

Brian Dijkema  |  September 14, 2012  |  Justice, Labour

Teacher strikes in Chicago, work-action by teachers in Ontario, strike-banning and wage-freeze legislation in Ontario, imminent strikes in Ontario’s auto sector, austerity, right-to-work proposals in Ontario, and in practice in many states—what do we make of it all? It’s hard to think critically and carefully about strikes. Typically, the response to a strike is rather simple: are you for it, or against it? And, it’s … MORE »