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Apr
Just who are ‘us’?

Just who are ‘us’?

The CBC historical series The Story of Us has elicited predictable ire from parts of the country that feel slighted and ignored in its choice of topics.
That may be a matter of importance. But what matters far more in my view is that this series represents one or several steps backward in the art of documentary and our historical understanding of Canada.

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03
Apr
Another modest proposal  for school reform

Another modest proposal for school reform

Public education has been very much in the news lately. I have certainly weighed in here on issues arising from the dispute between the government and the NSTU.

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20
Mar
The trouble with empathy

The trouble with empathy

It probably began with Bill Clinton aspiring to feel people’s pain. Then Barack Obama praised judges for exemplifying empathy. Then Justin Trudeau celebrated Canada as a place where we are there for one another.
Now, finally, someone, Paul Bloom, a Yale psychology professor, has come out with a book, Against Empathy.

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06
Mar
Don’t like multiculturalism? Blame us Acadians...

Don’t like multiculturalism? Blame us Acadians...

I am not claiming that we Acadians came up with the idea of multiculturalism. Rather, that the effort to uproot all of us, an entire people, from lands we had occupied for over a century may have prompted the British to think that they might find less drastic ways to exercise rule than total conquest and subjugation.

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21
Feb
1984 in 2017

1984 in 2017

There has been at least one salutary consequence of the rise of Donald Trump: a spike in sales of George Orwell’s 1984.
The book remains the classic statement of the totalitarian menace that haunted the last century. But does it pertain directly to the present?

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