Politics | Democracy

How elections should be

Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver for a BBQ with supporters. Marijuana activist Jodie Emery, who is hoping to run for the Liberals in the next election, was also at the event, though the two didn’t get the chance to meet.
Justin Trudeau courtesy Wikimedia Commons

So Canada had an election Monday night. Did you know?

Even with a new more moderate conservative leader Erin O’Toole leading the right, the left-centrist Justin Trudeau was re-elected to be Prime Minister. There are other further left wing parties and even a more right wing party on the ballot, but you can read about that elsewhere.

What’s interesting about this election is that it’s over. It’s been called. The other party leaders have conceded and Trudeau has made his acceptance speech.

Yet, mail-in ballots remain to be counted, recounts will happen in some closely contested districts, and it may…

Politics | COVID-19

Sorry, not sorry

Chart showing red and blue states from 2020 election, with red states having overwhelmingly lower vaccination rates.
Vaccination rates relative to 2020 vote (Post Data, Washington Post)

There is little dispute that democracy in America is a mess. Partisanship has itself become a dog whistle for lawlessness, where gun-toting students harass their teachers in class for providing a balanced view of events. America has become a country where states flout long established national decisions and a partisan Supreme Court sits as idle observants ignoring the views of their esteemed predecessors. Yet, these are just examples of many, some more harrowing and disturbing, events that happen daily across the country. To many Americans the future looks bleak.

Did you ever wonder how we would get out of this…

Politics | Society

The alternative realities

Photo by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash

OMG, remember the time you got measles and you had that hideous rash!? You said that the doctor told your mom there was no cure, but it might be manageable through medication, a lot of medication, if you survived through this stage. Oh, and then everyone in your class got it and everyone was sent home for a while, until they figured it out. Remember that!? Awww, and then remember when you later found out that a third of the kids died. No? What? Oh wait, nevermind, that wasn’t you….

No, no, I remember now… it was the time you…

Amy - great poem. Those hopeful words ironically evoke a bit of sadness but for the fact that after almost 250 years we appear further from that hopeful promise. Yet... while hopes and dreams are the inspiration of poets, it is the poetry itself that can be the trumpet for change and the call to action. Onward!

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Jack MacDonald

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