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Every mayor must foster community spirit and hope …

By |2018-11-05T14:11:32+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|

to measure up to this mayor and his community (5 minute read) The municipal elections are behind us and the rush of community spirit that leads up to elections has subsided, so now is a good time for reflection and self-assessment. To take stock of the state of affairs in our communities. With continuing low voter turnout and high Read more...

Double, double, toil and trouble …

By |2018-10-14T19:26:52+00:00October 14th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social, uncategorized|

fire burn and politics bubble – until we stop drinking witches' brew and vote incumbents out (4 minute read) It's simple. Change means change. Don't re-elect anybody. It's folly. It's drinking the same witches brew – and it's worse than the Kool-Aid. If a bunch of drunken arsonists kept lighting fires, stirring up a toxic brew and feeding it Read more...

The most important four-letter word is …

By |2018-10-09T08:10:52+00:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , , |

vote – and you can use the other four-letter words to curse the outcomes if you don't vote Photo: Emily Howard Stowe (1831-1904) (9 minute read) Emily Howard Stowe was a great Canadian. She was the first female doctor to practice in Canada and she and her daughter Dr. Augusta Stowe-Gullen, spearheaded Ontario's suffrage campaign for 40 years. Hell, Read more...

The inmates are running the asylum …

By |2018-08-14T04:51:14+00:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

in every city hall and they keep banging their heads against the same wall, expecting a different outcome. That's insanity! (5 minute read) Albert Einstein (photo: ThoughtCo) The "banging heads ... insanity" phrase is attributed to Albert Einstein, and if he were here today, and was asked his opinion on governments, I am certain he would say, Read more...

The road to character is steep and …

By |2018-07-20T11:58:29+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , |

it's a dead-end for most "so-called" leaders (Hanging Coffins, Echo Valley, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines – photo courtesy Trover) (8 minute read) Being in a position of leadership is not a qualification for being a leader; leadership positions are a dime-a-dozen, leaders are as rare as the humility and wisdom that guides their lives. David Brooks, in his excellent Read more...

Information is not knowledge …

By |2018-06-19T06:14:15+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, social, uncategorized|Tags: , , |

and it's no substitute for ignorance (5 minute read) "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance." – Herodotus Today, as never before, information is increasing and knowledge is decreasing. Because it’s the era of … quick-click, sound-bite, short-clip, digital drivel – we’re buried in a tsunami of information, roiling across the Internet. We’re addicted to Read more...

Fascism versus Democracy …

By |2018-06-11T08:28:36+00:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

or 'the strong and wrong versus the right and weak' (7 minute read) I've borrowed the heading from something President Bill Clinton said, and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright restated in her new book, Fascism: A Warning. It's a must read for anyone who gives a damn about the stopping the decline in our democracy and the Read more...

Communities are dying …

By |2018-06-11T08:50:00+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social|

from a lack of public engagement, aided and abetted by toxic discourse (7 minute read) A common definition of community is a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social and economic ties, share common values and perspectives, and engage in joint action in a geographical location or setting. The critical part of this definition is Read more...

From Charlottesville to Cobourg, free speech walks a …

By |2017-08-18T06:09:03+00:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social|Tags: , , , |

fine line between open debate and abusive control (6 minute read) The tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia last week cannot be equated with millions of daily infringements on free speech but its violence exposes the problem of maintaining the fragile balance between two fundamental pillars of democracy: the people's freedom versus the autocrats' control. When free speech turns abusive and Read more...

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