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KEEPING THE GENIE IN THE BOTTLE

We all have a lamp.  Sooner or later, all of us learn that if you rub the lamp, you will summon forth a genie.  In a perfect world, we would all make this discovery organically, at no one else’s prompting, at a time in our life at which we have been appropriately armed, by our parents or someone else with our best interests in mind, with a sophisticated understanding of the consequences, both good and bad, of summoning that genie. But that is not how life works.  It never has.  Because others know that they have a lamp, they also […]

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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH ME

For anyone who self-identifies as a radical centrist, these are trying times.  The political discourse on both social and economic issues has never been more polarized.  There can never be any nuance to any discussion of longstanding issues, no acknowledgement of the truth that, for many and even most of those issues, their endurance is testament to the fact that both sides have a point, and that resolution of these issues must be found in solutions that reflect the need to at least acknowledge if not accommodate the reasonable demands and expectations of both perspectives.  That is why it is […]

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CHILD’S PLAY: ONTARIO ENERGY COSTS

Politics in general, and electoral politics in particular, have sadly never been a venue for frank explanations or sensible solutions for important public policy challenges.  The provincial election now underway in Ontario is certainly no exception to that rule, and no issue better captures the exasperating truth of this observation than the issue of electricity costs in Ontario. That is not to say that the three major parties are ignoring the issue.  The incumbent Liberals have already chopped 8% from the bills paid by ratepayers across the province, with another 17% to follow shortly.  And rural ratepayers are to receive […]

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