Category Archives: Politics and Society

Opinion pieces and essays about politics and social issues in Canada and around the world.

Icons of the Past – Does Waterloo Region Need Prime Ministerial Statues?

This short post is in response to a series of opinion pieces in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, all relating to the question of erecting statues to 22 Prime Ministers in Waterloo Region. How should we remember our past? Some in Waterloo … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Working Class

More than 9 out of 10 Canadians self-report has belonging to the middle class. It is no wonder, then, that politicians are constantly spouting off promises to that most coveted demographic group. But when we say “middle class”, what do … Continue reading

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The Stories We Don’t Hear: Same Events, Different Spins

In an interconnected, digital world, we depend on the news media. They tell us what is happening beyond our own backyard, covering stories on every facet of human life from across the world. While a majority of news outlets focus … Continue reading

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Low Income Earners In Canada – The Minimum Wage, Students, and Temp Agencies

This week, I was fortunate enough to have a great conversation with my Conservative Member of Parliament over democratic reform in Canada, including our thoughts on the Senate, first-past-the-post electoral reform, and youth voter engagement. On some things we agreed, although … Continue reading

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Should Your Boss Make More Than You? Wealth Disparity and the Minimum Wage

Bit of a shorter piece this week on the crisis of the middle class in Canada, and the debate over a minimum/maximum wage. It isn’t a whole lot, but it will hopefully get you thinking! Someone asked me at work … Continue reading

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The Limits of Free Speech

Hello everyone. I am working on a piece to submit to Lost Graduate Magazine this week, so I’ve been a little too busy to prepare much. However, I thought I should post something, so here is a little commentary on … Continue reading

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Campaign Financing in Canada – Democracy, Dollars, and Debt

“Follow the money”, goes the familiar saying, if you want to know where the real power resides. In the United States and, to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom, campaign finance, corporate influence, and corruption are almost daily stories: we … Continue reading

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