Provincial Politics

Let’s bring Ottawa’s political staffers out of the shadows with a code of conduct

Published Oct. 28, 2013, in The Globe and Mail.

A number of recent government controversies have highlighted the role of the “political staffer,” such as the current Senate scandal, the gas plant cancellations in Ontario, the B.C. Liberals’ “ethnic outreach strategy,” and various interferences in freedom of information requests.

Indigenous-Crown Relations: Two Contrasting Pictures

For the last week or so, Indigenous groups in New Brunswick have been engaged in a violent confrontation with police and others to prevent shale exploration on their traditional lands.  Images of confrontation, weapons, and burning cars have filled the airwaves.

Contrast these images and storylines with the Inuit's experience with non-Indigenous peoples and governments in northern Canada.

The Huge Economic Cost of No Public System of Child Care?

In Monday's Globe and Mail, Erin Anderssen covers some of the many arguments for publicly funded child care.

There are lots of good reasons for finding a way to produce affordable, high quality, child care (private or public!), but I cannot for the life of me buy into the so called "huge economic cost to Canada" argument.

Radical Teaching? Or Something Old, Something New?

Wired Magazine, just published a story about a "radical new teaching method" which is transforming learning and teaching in developing countries. It's a neat, although really wordy, story.

The radical new teaching pedagogy comes from some cognitive psychology research, which found: