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November 20, 2017 - 06:05 -- Admin

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

An opportunity for a Bill of Rights

November 18, 2017 - 18:08 -- Admin

One of the striking outcomes of the equal marriage survey is that a lot of people who had always assumed themselves to be part of (in Spiro Agnew’s phrase) the “silent majority” have been presented with undeniable evidence that they are actually in the minority. Not only that, but the minority to which they belong on equal marriage would be even smaller if it weren’t boosted by lots of people they’ve always thought of as undesirable minorities.

The thin end of the wedge on anti-discrimination law?

November 15, 2017 - 16:03 -- Admin

The latest attempt to derail equal marriage was a proposal by a group of conservatives to remove anti-discrimination provision to allow a wide range of discrimination against same-sex married couples. The leading proponent of the proposal was James Paterson who, like so many Liberal MPs, is a former staffer at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Armistice Day, 2017

November 11, 2017 - 14:13 -- Admin

Another Armistice Day and the prospects for peace are bleaker than they have been for years. Not only are militaristic demagogues in the ascendancy just about everywhere, but the cult of the military is increasingly unchallenged, even in countries generally seen as peaceable, like Canada.

Email update

November 10, 2017 - 18:17 -- Admin

Over the fold, my latest irregular email update. If you’d like to be on the mailing list, write to me at

Hi all,

It’s been quite a while since my last email newsletter. A variety of things have kept me too busy to do more than keep up with essential obligations, but I’ve managed a little bit of free time, so here’s a summary of some of the things I’ve been doing.