Northern Reflections: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Mark Twain knew what he was talking about. So did Upton Sinclair. Yesterday, The Sixth Estate suggested that the next self regulation debacle is going to be in the airline industry, which is also subject to the government’s Safety Management System: We don’t have to wait for a major airline crash to discover that there ...

Northern Reflections: We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Tim Harper writes this morning that Gerry Ritz’ handling of the tainted meat mess is part of an established pattern for the Conservative government: Ritz initially denied there was a problem and fell to the usual Harper government fallback of defending industry when it should have been reassuring consumers. When it became clear there was ...

Northern Reflections: Remember Walkerton

Tom Walkom writes in this morning’s Toronto Star that the ever widening meat recall is Stephen Harper’s “Walkerton Moment.” The tainted water scandal in that small Ontario town marked the beginning of the end for Mike Harris’ government. Walkom writes: Neither Harris nor Harper invented deregulation. In Ontario, Bob Rae’s New Democratic Party government cut ...