Pipelines and Tankers

Well the people of Kitimat, and by extension the citizens of BC, had their say yesterday, April 12/14.  They held their own plebiscite and said "NO" to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  Now granted this is a non-binding vote but it still goes down in the books as citizens taking action and rejecting a potentially serious … Continue reading Pipelines and Tankers

Policy for the Masses or the Ideologues?

I have noticed over the past twenty years or so a distinct change in how government policy is created.  When creating policy or programs government appears more focused on the rule breakers rather than the program users.  In other words rather than focusing on the needs of the end users they focus on that small … Continue reading Policy for the Masses or the Ideologues?

Tribalism – Worlds within Worlds

In many of my posts I have often mentioned "worlds within worlds" or people "living in their bubbles". This is not meant in a negative way and actually is not all that uncommon based on social anthropology. It is known as "tribalism".  The Merriam Webster dictionary defines tribalism as "loyalty to a tribe or other … Continue reading Tribalism – Worlds within Worlds

The Throne Speech, a Compass for Misdirection!

I don't know about the rest of you but I found the Throne speech to be a real slap in the face to anyone who is capable of individual thought.  I have no idea who actually wrote it but they should have contracted Alice Munro.  After all she just received the Nobel Prize in Literature … Continue reading The Throne Speech, a Compass for Misdirection!

Are You a Consumer or a Voter?

With the Canadian Thanksgiving behind us and the new Throne Speech being put forward for the next sitting of Parliament what better time to do a little overview of the evolving Canadian democracy.  As a starting point I decided to review the definition of democracy.  The definition I am using reads "A form of government … Continue reading Are You a Consumer or a Voter?

Democracy versus Politics

I have often seen democracy defined as: “a form of government in which the people freely govern themselves; where the executive (or administrative) and law-making (or legislative) power is given to persons chosen by the population; the free people”. Politics, on the other hand, is defined as: (Used with a sing. verb) The art or … Continue reading Democracy versus Politics