Geoffrey Stevens's blog

Leadership race or a sleepwalking contest?

Published Jan. 14, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.

This Ontario Liberal leadership contest is a curious affair.

You would think it would be an exciting, even thrilling competition. After all, the winner will become premier of Ontario, making her or him the second most powerful leader in the land, next to Prime Minister Harper.

Don’t trust any of these “fuzzy expectations”

Published Dec. 31, 2012, in The Waterloo Region Record.

It’s a hoary tradition. At New Year’s, pundits are supposed to look ahead and tell readers what to expect – or not – in the year to come. A wise reader won’t buy any of it. No one knows what is going to happen next week let alone 10 or 12 months from now.

The case for gun control

Published Dec. 24, 2012, in The Waterloo Region Record.

Let me start this Christmas Eve with a confession. I am, and always have been, a firm believer in gun control. This began long before the senseless massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary School this month, at Virginia Tech in 2007 or at the Ecole Polytechnique in 1989, among other atrocities.