A robotic vacuum can put your goals for the new year in perspective

Although he’s incredibly bright, he can require a bit of retraining daily and some consistent preparation before he goes to work

A robotic vacuum can put your goals for the new year in perspectiveIt’s January and a lot of us are talking about goal setting and getting healthy. But for many of us, stuff gets in the way of our priorities. Some of us want to avoid alcohol for a month as we renew our commitment to overall well-being. But we can easily be tempted to skip a workout,…

Hockey carnivores versus the whipping boys

Why would anyone get their garters in a tangle over a hockey tournament held for a television network?

Hockey carnivores versus the whipping boysThere are about 5.5 million people in Finland. It’s the most sparsely populated nation in the European Union, with most of its inhabitants shivering away in the southern tier of the nation. The Finns also eat less red meat than the people of other developed nations. But you’d think they were carnivores of the first…

Mexico’s Indigenous experience a lesson for Canada

There are no status cards providing one group with superior rights. There are no special financial privileges

Mexico’s Indigenous experience a lesson for CanadaMexico offers a social model that Canada should consider. Oaxaca is one of the best preserved colonial cities in Mexico. It has a bustling centre, rich with busy markets – street vendors and music wherever you go. Oaxaca state has the largest percentage of Indigenous people in Mexico. Zapotec, Mixtec and other peoples mingle in…

Climate change conformity may well bury the truth

The large mass of scientific opinion tends to keep individual scientists in a conforming orbit. But what of the dissenting views?

Climate change conformity may well bury the truthGalileo wrote, “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” The problem is the ideas and clout of that thousand make that single individual a rare and unappreciated gem. Copernicus defied thousands, if not millions, when he dared suggest the Earth was not the…

Indigenous affairs portfolio is democratically flawed

The department holds inordinate power over First Nations people, yet the citizens have no say in how it operates

Indigenous affairs portfolio is democratically flawedIt isn’t easy to grasp just how vast and complex Canada’s federal Indigenous affairs portfolio has become over the past 50 years. Now divided into Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations, it’s unlike any other federal government department. The portfolio is more accurately described as a federally-run province. This makes sense because, according to the department,…

Building strong communities with education, innovation – and craft beer

James and Deborah Fallows hopscotched across America to understand what makes the best of Our Towns thrive

Building strong communities with education, innovation – and craft beerMy son, the thoughtful curator of my must-reads non-fiction list, has done it again. For Christmas, he gave me the American bestseller Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. The book, published in 2018, was written by award-winning The Atlantic Monthly journalists James and Deborah Fallows. The Fallows have made significant public…

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is still a cut above competition

If you’re in the market for a compact four-door at a reasonable price with exceptional performance, this is a good bet

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is still a cut above competitionNext to the Golf, the Jetta is Volkswagen’s longest-running model. Debuting in 1979, it’s been a mainstay for the company and has proven to be more than just a Golf with a trunk. For 2019, it’s on the receiving end of a variety of changes and improvements. And it’s still offered in three variations: Comfortline,…

What kind of legacy are you leaving in your wake?

The message of It’s a Wonderful Life rings true because it speaks of powerful universal truths that will never change

What kind of legacy are you leaving in your wake?Celebrated American filmmaker Steven Spielberg said, “It’s a Wonderful Life shows that every human being on this Earth matters – and that’s a very powerful message.” Released in December 1946 (the same month Spielberg was born) and set in the first half of the 20th century, this film has been a Christmas favourite for generations.…

Central banks’ overreach risks another recession

We need a decentralized, innovative and transparent banking system driven by free-market principals

Central banks’ overreach risks another recessionAs financial markets around the world erupt, dampening the festive spirit of this time of year, plenty of blame has been passed around. There are some notable geopolitical risks in the Middle East, Ukraine, North Korea, Pakistan and elsewhere. There’s the trade war between China and the United States. There are also signs of slowing global…

Rockies’ Murphy signing speaks to organization’s faulty values

Colorado chose to give millions of dollars to someone who denigrates gays. We should all be offended

Rockies’ Murphy signing speaks to organization’s faulty valuesThe Colorado Rockies recently signed free agent Daniel Murphy to a two-year, $24-million contract. On the surface, from a baseball perspective, it looked like a good move. Murphy has had some great seasons in recent years for the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, including finishing second in MVP voting following the 2016 Major League…