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Politics and its Discontents: Revisiting The Past

In this blog, I try as hard as possible not to repeat myself. True, that is often a difficult objective to achieve when, with the same fascination that train wrecks and natural disasters exert over some people, I have an ongoing obsession with the political outrages embodied in people like Stephen Harper and Ontario . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Revisiting The Past

Politics and its Discontents: Administrative Hypocrisy

I came across this letter in The Hamilton Spectator yesterday. I consider the topic of feckless school administrators, operating without integrity, to be quite appropriate for this blog, given how it is yet another example of corruption and decay that undermines all institutions, perhaps most egregiously our political ones. But just as the latter’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Administrative Hypocrisy

Politics and its Discontents: Beyond Cynical By Any Standard

Using the legislative power that Bill 115 provides, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten has announced she will impose contracts on Ontario teachers but then rescind Bill 115 because it has become a “lightning rod.”

In doing so, she hopes teachers will forgive and forget and resume coaching sports teams and supervising school . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Beyond Cynical By Any Standard

Politics and its Discontents: A Victim of Bullying Speaks Out

I have a confession to make: I’m a survivor of bullying. Educated in the Catholic elementary and secondary high school system, it was common for me to be the target of verbal harassment that questioned my worth as a human being and physical abuse in the form of sudden and explosive slaps to the face, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Victim of Bullying Speaks Out