Acknowledgements . . .

. . . not apologies!

The recent near-continuous stream of apologies from our government is seriously annoying. Apologies by Canadian governments aren’t anything new but Justin Trudeau has turned it up to eleven. When will it end? Continue reading Acknowledgements . . .

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Inter-Auto Communications

I visited my sister in Vancouver this summer. One Sunday morning, we were in the Grouse Grind parking lot heading back to Vancouver. Another visitor was pulling out of a parking spot and didn’t see my sister’s car. She gave him a blast from her horn, easily three seconds long! I was shocked! My reaction would have been a short friendly beep, less than half a second long that I hope would have translated as “Careful buddy! You clearly didn’t see me“. In my particular dialect of horn-ese, a three second blast would be translated as “Dumbass, you nearly hit me! Learn to drive!“. Continue reading Inter-Auto Communications

Cultural Appropriation – A Bad Idea . . . .

. . . .  not the concept, which has some redeeming qualities, but the term itself.

There was a kerfuffle in the Canadian media last summer (link, link, and link) about Cultural Appropriation.  I knew almost nothing about the subject, other than everyone thought that it was a bad thing that white people did, and they should stop, and somehow pay for their transgressions.

I remember being confused about the whole thing. Most examples seemed very minor to me, like celebrities having their hair in corn rows. The outrage died down but my confusion lingered. I finally got around to taking a closer look. Hence this blog post.

Spoiler 1: The term Cultural Appropriation (CA) is incoherent, incomprehensible, and useless.  

Spoiler 2: The term Cultural Appropriation discourages discussion about how Individuals or groups of one culture can negatively affect another culture.
Continue reading Cultural Appropriation – A Bad Idea . . . .

Canadian Federal Electoral Reform – Direct Representation

In a previous post I argued that I was not represented in Canada’s Parliament, and neither was anyone else.  There is a solution — Direct Representation, modified for Canadian Circumstances (DCR)! DCR addresses all the criticisms that have been directed towards our current system, First Past the Post; it is proportional, no vote is wasted, there is no vote splitting, it allows marginal voices to be heard, it increases accountability between voters and their representatives, and it results in a Parliament that accurately reflects the diversity that Canadians think is important.
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I am not represented in Canada’s Parliament . . .

. . . and neither is anyone else!

According to Canada’s Public Policy Forum, “an ideal election would be one where the portrait of the House directly reflects a portrait of all Canadians” (link). Thus, 50% of our Members of Parliament (MPs) would be female (instead of 25%), their average age would be 40 years old (instead of 50), 23% would be members of visible minorities (instead of 12%) and so on. On the other hand, 1% of our MPs would be lawyers, (instead of 13%), 1% would be activists (instead of 12%), and 6% would have a graduate degree (instead of 14%).

Continue reading I am not represented in Canada’s Parliament . . .

Internet Author Credibility – the missing piece of the puzzle.

The internet is an ocean of articles/predictions/opinions/factoids all written by complete strangers. How does one determine if a particular item is credible, and worth basing future decisions on? Did Trump really mock a disabled reporter? Or was it taken out of context? Is there really a link between vaccines and autism? Or was the initial study retracted? How can one decide which side of the argument is more credible?

Continue reading Internet Author Credibility – the missing piece of the puzzle.