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When it comes to Winnipeg politics, don’t get your hopes up.

I was excited for the last civic election in Winnipeg. I was looking forward to moving on from the dark years of former mayor, Sam Katz. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed when Brian Bowman was elected (not to mention my councillor, Scott Gillingham). I was looking forward to having a voice in the mayor’s office that was a little more “left...

Fair Vote Crunch Time

I think Canada’s electoral system is broken. I think it unfairly privileges the two major parties (and when the Liberals make a mess of themselves, that includes the NDP). It shuts out important debate and discussion, and marginalizes some of Canada’s greatest politicians, including Elizabeth May of the Green Party. I think it leaves most Cana...

Winnipeg's own embarrassing mayor

I’ve been going through a lot of old posts lately, and I ran across one post in particular – “Who you hire says a lot about your priorities" – which I wrote when Phil Sheeg was hired as Director of Property and Development for the City of Winnipeg. I thought this was particularly relevant in light of how well the whole Sheegl experiment turned ...

Why own the podium?

So, Canada's medal haul yesterday was apparently tied for the highest single day total for us in the Olympics. The question is, so what? Would anything have been any different if we had been shut out? What, at the end of the day, does it mean for a country to win Olympics medals? What does it mean for Canada to succeedat the Olympics? There has...

A new toy, or real solutions?

Yesterday's Winnipeg Free Press featured an article revealing that a report by City police officers exaggerated the benefits of a police helicopter for the City of Winnipeg. The author of the study on which much of this report is based points out that the authors have been fairly selective in emphasizing the positive and minimizing the negative ...

Far too Canadian

One of my favourite songs has always been Spirit of the West's "Far too Canadian." Given the interesting political events in Canada over the last week, it seems more appropriate than ever, so I've interspersed this post with selected lyrics from this fine work. Apparently, despite the fact that Prime Minister Steven Harper hijacked the country'...

Making the most of our assets

I saw a piece on the CBC news this evening talking about extending Winnipeg's skating trail to Assiniboine Park, very near where I live. My first thought was, "That is awesome! I am totally going to skate to work!" When I read a couple of the comments on the online version of the story at cbc.ca that talked about the trail reaching south into S...

The health care secret

The secret solution (at least partial solution) to the health care crisis is that it isn't really that secret at all. It isn't even rocket science. Not even medical science, really. True, there isn't one magic solution. Rather, there are hundreds of smaller solutions, not so magic but all pretty sensible. And while there are many solutions, I b...

Rethinking Canadian politics, parties and leaders

I've been thinking a lot about the recent Canadian Federal election in the past few weeks, both in terms of the result and what it says about Canadian politics. Going into the federal election the most important thing for me, and apparently many others, was that we not elect another Conservative government. There was a tremendous amount of ener...

Did you have something better to do?

59.1% of registered voters actually voted yesterday in our Federal Election. *59.1%!* A record low. I can't even fathom what some of the excuses might be. Of course one of the old standbys is: "My vote doesn't matter anyway." Which, really, is a pretty poor excuse. First of all, every single vote registered sends a message. If more people ha...