LISPOP Associate to speak at Conferation Club

The Confederation Club hosts Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, for its monthly luncheon Dec. 13, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Kitchener Delta Hotel.

Bricker’s talk is called The Big Shift: The seismic change in Canadian politics, business and culture.

The center of gravity in Canada is shifting westward. As you move from east to west unemployment is lower and economic and population growth is higher.

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Sense finally prevails on the fighter jets

Published Dec. 10, 2012, in The Waterloo Region Record.

The three most difficult words for any politician to utter is, “I was wrong.” Or “I screwed up.” If the process of getting from a wrong decision to a right decision involves admitting mistakes, it can take a devil of a long time.

Genes, Politics, and Epigenetics: Wonderfully Messy Complexity

Following on Chris's theme of genes and politics, I want to remark on a contrast in his post between the approaches political scientists have adopted from behavioural and population genetics, on the one hand, and findings on the health benefits of vitamin D, on the other.

Genes, Politics, and Vitamin D

There is now a large and well-established literature in political science that examines the relationship between genes (as well as other biological aspects) and a variety of political attitudes, behaviour, and phenomena.

In their classic article on whether political orientations are genetically transmitted, Alford, Funk, and Hibbing argue:

University's Not Meant to be Easy

That is the headline of a recent op-ed by Margaret Wente in the Globe and Mail.

I rarely agree with Wente's columns, (although I do appreciate the need for her perspective to spark debate and dialogue in society), but her most recent column on rising stress levels among university students contained a lot of arguments that I agreed with.

Universities and the Rise of Mental Health Issues

Recently, there's been a barrage of news reports about the growing number of university students experiencing severe levels of stress and mental anxiety.  This has sparked an important and much needed debate about how universities should address these issues, including one university, Queen's University, creating a task force to study the subject.

Harper foreign policy discards a proud legacy

Published Dec. 3, 2012, in The Waterloo Region Record.

There was a time, not so long ago, when this country punched above its weight in the world. Canada was only a middle power in a world dominated by Cold War super-powers. Yet Canadian leaders and diplomats moved in the same league as the big hitters. Our friendship was valued, our support solicited and our advice considered (if not always heeded).

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