Friday, 25 September 2009

Vancouver's 'safe' injection site - A sad and shameful anniversary

This week saw the fifth anniversary of the opening of INSITE, North American’s first and only so-called safe injection site for intravenous drug users, located in downtown Vancouver. It’s nothing short of scandalous that the doors of this shameful monument to the triumph of ideology over common-sense and compassion remain open.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

This Earth Hour, I'll be turning my lights... on!

I've often said that the number one problem confronting policy-makers today, not just in Canada but throughout the Western world, is the general, and in my opinion cataclysmic, degradation in the quality of thinking that goes into the positions they take on issues and the policies that are derived therefrom. A prime example of this alarming trend is “Earth Hour” and the practices identified with this event.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Don't borrow more - Cut spending!

Recently, two very different approaches to public finances were highlighted in statements made by representatives of two provincial governments in Canada, ironically both liberals. In Ontario, Dalton McGuinty’s finance minister Dwight Duncan announced that the Liberal government would post a budget deficit of at least $500 million in 2009 despite the fact that he is dipping into the province’s reserve funds to the tune of another $550 million.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Better to remain silent and let people think you’re a fool

On January 12 The Guelph Mercury published a column by Geoffrey Stevens on the subject of abortion and the ongoing debate among members of the federal Conservative Party and its parliamentary caucus over what position the party should take on this issue. It’s hard to imagine a more inane analysis of the topic making its way into print in a mainstream newspaper, even a relatively small-town paper like the Mercury.