Commentary

Salaries the biggest cost of running the country

April 12, 2017   ·   0 Comments

Governments don’t tend to be well oiled corporations. They tend to operate in the red most of the time. Governments, at all levels, are responsible to us, the taxpayers. We elect them and trust them with looking after the public good. Citizens can be quite demanding at times. We ask for high quality roads and transit options; emergency services; health care and police protection. We expect that our garbage gets picked up at the end of our driveway or laneway on time.

Big Brother watching our every move!

Gone are the dark days of the Cold War. The Orwellian future of bleak, government-controlled surveillance never materialized. Or so we thought.

Prejudice feeds on fear and ignorance

Fear and ignorance are two of the most volatile components of our species’ shortcomings. They are largely responsible for some of humankind’s violent history

We can, and do, help change the world

It is possible to change the world. In fact, it’s being done, little by little, in every corner of the globe. I just returned from Mission Team 2017’s humanitarian adventure in La Higuera in the Dominican Republic. This work trip is an annual campaign led by St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton and Father Goetz in Mississauga.

Saying farewell to silly trends of 2016

Most of us work through our own ups and downs year after year. We make plans, and break plans. We set goals, and hopefully we achieve one or two. We try to keep our personal ships on an even keel.

The Corruption of Power

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” John Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902) Lord Acton’s full quote went on to say: “Great men are almost always bad men.”

How can we help curb child poverty?

My son and I are embarking on a mission in late January, in an effort to help the less fortunate. Many of those we will be helping are children. We live relative luxury in this country, even if we are challenged by the free market and accompanying economic pitfalls. We complain about the price at the pumps, hydro rates and credit card bills.

Death by a thousand cuts

“A culture is no better than its woods,” wrote W.H. Auden. The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance recently released a map to the Ontario government “highlighting the potential harmful impacts of more than 650 requests, by developers and municipalities to remove land from Ontario’s protected Greenbelt.”

Social media lowering our collective IQs

Those of us who are “connected,” have a grasp on the power of social media. But in reality, we’re like little children playing with a new toy, not fully understanding how it works or what it is. We just push all the buttons, leap on the information highway and join the long “commute” to our destination.

Enjoying other worlds and those who bring them to life

Record numbers of humans and extraterrestrials descended upon the Metro Convention Centre over the Labour Day long weekend, in search of answers. What they found, amidst the hundreds if not thousands of costume-clad individuals, was a place where time stood still and reality was merely an opinion.

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