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Politics and its Discontents: The New E.I. Tribunal

Last week, The Star’s Thomas Walkom had an excellent column on Harer-led changes to the Employment Insurance Tribunal that turn it into a complete repository of patronage, rewarding the party faithful even more lavishly than those who have earned a partisan place in the Senate.

Some contrasts to show the changes are in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The New E.I. Tribunal

Politics and its Discontents: Please Read This

It is a very eloquent and heart-felt rebuttal to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s observation that there are “no bad jobs.” Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom Opines on E.I. Changes

To this Conservative government, anything that might interfere with the mythical free market — and particularly with the market’s downward pressure on wages — is anathema.

The above is just a brief excerpt from Thomas Walkom’s column in today’s Star, additional food for thought as I continue trying to critically assess these . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Walkom Opines on E.I. Changes

Politics and its Discontents: A Good Environment For Mushrooms, Not Democracy

Government policy conducted in secrecy, as I suggested in my last post, is difficult for the critical thinker to evaluate; that task is made even more arduous when it is hidden within an omnibus bill, as is the case with the reforms to Employment Insurance eligibility.

However, one piece of information has . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Good Environment For Mushrooms, Not Democracy

Politics and its Discontents: What is Truth?

An age-old question without a firm answer, it is one I find myself regularly pondering as I continue striving toward an ideal I know will never attain, that of being a consummate critical thinker. Bombarded by information as we are, it is often difficult to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What is Truth?