This is us …

By |2022-05-06T10:21:55-04:00May 6th, 2022|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

still trapped in Plato's cave! "The prisoners would mistake the shadows for reality." – Socrates, The Republic, Book VII (20 min) About 2,376 years before Fox News was founded (1996), Plato wrote his renowned Allegory of the Caves (380 BCE), introducing it with Socrates saying, "And now, I said, let me show in an allegory how far our nature Read more...

The contrasts are black and white and stark …

By |2020-11-23T14:54:28-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

in everything from hope and anger to failure, character, leadership and friendship (4 min read) Two men. Two Presidents. Two stories. Two books. Two Americas. Two visions (well, at least one). One rooted in hope and promise. One rooted in anger and self. "So which kind of person do you want to be?" – Ann Dunham (Obama's mother) Must-reads! Read more...

When communities and the “Reporters’ Gallery Yonder” wither, the roots of democracy die.

By |2020-11-14T10:34:43-05:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Canadian democracy in decline: An essay (7 min read) “All politics is local." – Tip O'Neill I remember the day, November 27, 2017. A Monday morning. The sky was blue, the coffee fresh, my adrenalin flowing. I said to my computer, “Today’s the day.” For two years, I’d been writing a column in the daily newspaper, Northumberland Today––as a volunteer––and Read more...

A must-read – in case you missed it

By |2020-08-18T08:11:29-04:00August 18th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , |

Canadian anthropologist pens brilliant denouement of America (15 minute read) In Rolling Stone, Wade Davis, who holds the Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia, captures the moment we are living through and observes America from our not-so-secure perch north of the 49th parallel. We wanted this article to be read as Read more...

One picture is worth a 1000 words …

By |2020-06-07T19:41:06-04:00June 7th, 2020|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , |

but one psycho-neurotic isn't worth one vote, let alone 60 million (25% of eligible voters)! (3 min read) Bravo to the Toronto Star and cartoonist Michael De Adder for an image that says what hundreds-of-millions of regular, hard working, common sense people all know, and want to shout from the roof tops: "Get this neurotic, unstable idiot out of Read more...

Watch their feet, not their mouth …

By |2020-04-10T16:14:30-04:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , |

as governments whistle past the graveyard of the smallest of small businesses (3 min read) Canadians: Forward this to your MP, MPP and MLA (see links at end of article) and every small business owner you know. The daily talks from the federal and provincial governments are overly burdensome and their actions neglectfully incremental, as week after week slips Read more...

Dr. Who? Dr. Strangelove? Dr. Frankenstein?

By |2020-04-07T08:39:44-04:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , |

Maybe Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Certainly not Dr. Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine" (4 minute read) "First, do no harm." – Hippocrates (460-370 BC) Hippocrates of Kos Surely, the most ardent supporters of Donald Trump would not want him to be their doctor. He even declared, "What do I know? I'm not a doctor." There are Read more...

“Hindsight is worth a million bucks” … but is it worth the loss of millions of lives?

By |2020-03-26T16:11:50-04:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The ignorance of our so-called leaders is exposed when real leaders can say, "I told you so." (2 min read) Nobody was listening then. Is anyone listening now? Bill Gates, one of the more enlightened animals in the genus homo sapiens, told us in 2015 – 5 years ago – "We’ve actually invested very little in a system to Read more...

“Did we just strike out on 200,000 small businesses?”

By |2020-03-25T16:47:39-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics|Tags: , , , |

"Afraid so. We're trashing the start-up and entrepreneurs' farm system ...  Mike's going along." (4 min read) In the last three years, over 300,000 Canadian small businesses started up (on average, 104,000 a year) [1], and today approximately 206,000 of these “new” businesses are still operating. Until now. Until COVID-19. Now, with the lack of federal government support, Read more...

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