The Erosion of Democracy: Three Elections

Canada 2021 We live in a quasi-democracy.  And it is eroding.  The 2021 October 21st Federal unreformed election was simply not fair for at least half of those who voted.  The reality:  One Liberal MP was elected for every 37,681 votes for the party; One Conservative MP for every 50,873 votes; One NDP MP forContinue reading “The Erosion of Democracy: Three Elections”

Energy for Profit or for Service

We are not in a time of business as usual in terms of how we access the energy we need for a functioning society.  The latest report of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that the climate change will not wait for us to delay or backslide.  The Secretary GeneralContinue reading “Energy for Profit or for Service”

An Attempt at an Honest Settler Perspective and Fair Reconciliation

Having a day to honor the people who were here before any European settlers is long overdue.  I grew up in Canada learning so little about the people who settlers found here some 500 years ago, that an honest description of what I knew has to be an admission I was totally ignorant. Let’s beContinue reading “An Attempt at an Honest Settler Perspective and Fair Reconciliation”

Growing Inequality or Economic Freedom

CBC’s Fifth Estate’s headline read:  “Wealthy Canadians exposed in KPMG offshore tax ‘sham’  $5-million ‘minimum’ entry fee to get into offshore scheme.”   Seniors who have worked hard all their lives but who are living below the poverty line want a better economy, a different economy for their children and grandchildren.  Students graduating with noContinue reading “Growing Inequality or Economic Freedom”

Making the Vision visible

  “For example, despite being surrounded by farmland, Marks (Louisiana)  residents had to drive 20 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart just to get fresh vegetables. But Shreveport Federal Credit Union changed all that by organizing local farmers into a worker-owned cooperative, renovating a building, and creating what became the Delta Muletrain Farmers Market.”  James TrimarcoContinue reading “Making the Vision visible”

Investor-Owned Banks vs The People

Are you puzzled or upset or angry by the CBC’s recent Go Public revelations about banks serving their investors at your expense?  You need to ask, ‘What is the purpose of a bank?’  It is not to provide you with financial services or good advice.  The purpose of a bank, the reason it was incorporated,Continue reading “Investor-Owned Banks vs The People”

Trudeau Government Breaks Electoral Reform Promise

An Open Letter                                                                               8 February 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Dear Prime Minister, I do not often write letters to leaders of majority governments because they almost never listen, but on this issue I feel compelled to do so.  I am appalled by the decision to ditch electoralContinue reading “Trudeau Government Breaks Electoral Reform Promise”