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One Year Later

June 28, 2011


I tried to write a post on the G20 anniversary yesterday, where I made a carefully constructed argument about the necessity to remember what happened a year ago in downtown Toronto or some other thing. It didn’t work. I found myself somewhat paralyzed as I tried to type it. For the first time in several […]

The Anarchist Meme, and Other Conspiracy Theories

June 22, 2011


I thought the Canucks riots could be dismissed relatively quickly, but no such luck. Since writing my last post on the events in Vancouver, I have had two real life conversations and one incredibly aggravating twitter exchange with people who think that anarchists were to blame for the riots. They echo statements made by Vancouver Police Chief […]

Has Left-Wing Political Discourse Become an Echo Chamber?

May 31, 2011


I’ve been living at my parents’ house in Markham, Ontario for nearly a month now, and life in the suburbs is really starting to wear on me. Chief among my frustrations is the fact that I have very little common ground with my family when the conversation turns to anything more substantial than the latest […]

Fair Voting Part 3: Why Now is the Time

May 20, 2011


On Monday I explained why we need to get rid of the first past the post system, and on Tuesday I looked at two possible systems that might replace it. All those debates, however, will be for naught if we can’t actually make it happen. While a Harper majority is perhaps the government least conducive to electoral […]

We Will Survive This.

May 3, 2011


Last night, I committed a grave sin of hubris. I was so convinced by the polls and analysis I had seen, that I took it for granted that Harper would not win a majority. Wanting to be among the first bloggers to comment on the election result, I therefore wrote a canned post celebrating the […]

Why You Should Vote

May 1, 2011


I suspect that at this late stage, virtually anybody reading this will have made up their minds regarding their planned vote. Many, like me, will have already voted in advance polls. Campaigns are winding down, the local candidates are tweeting their last answers to questions, and Sun News is engaging in some last-ditch libel against […]

An Idea: Let’s Encourage Even More Conservative Message Control

April 6, 2011


It seems that I’m not the only person who Stephen Harper is afraid of. Over the past few days, two people have been kicked out of Harper rallies that they had pre-registered for: one for environmental activism, and one for having a picture of Michael Ignatieff on her Facebook profile. A bunch of Guelph students […]