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Democratic Primaries and Harry Potter

May 27, 2019

The women run on logic and the men on emotions. This seems to be the case for three major contests in American politics.

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Politics, Sausages, Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau--Time to Go Vegetarian?

February 28, 2019

We got a good look at politics in action via Wilson-Raybould's testimony recently. Is this the way that we want our politics to be done?

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No Fake News and No Hype: Discovery University's Graduation Ceremony

April 17, 2018

The reflections offered by students at Discovery University's Graduation ceremony were a delightful antidote to the current world of fake news and hype.

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Moral Transgression and Anti-Intellectualism: the Trudeau Government’s Abandonment of Voter Reform

February 03, 2017

“Moral transgression” is an accurate term for the Trudeau government’s abandonment of voter reform. I try to make the case. I offer some reflections on the political issues briefly afterwards.

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Kevin O'Leary -- The Canadian Donald Trump? Let's Take This Possibility Very Seriously.

December 06, 2016

Canadians probably believe that Donald Trump's success could not be duplicated here. In fact, it might just be that we will have an opportunity to test that belief since Kevin O'Leary is contemplating a bid for the federal Conservative Party leadership.

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How Some People are "Okay" with Racism: Lessons from Plato's Cave and Sartre's Mauvaise Foi

November 22, 2016

We often delude ourselves by thinking that we have less responsibility than we actually do. As Plato points out, when we know something, we become responsible beings. Sartre stresses that our responsiblity is so deep and daunting that we often flee from it.

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Post-election perspective

November 09, 2016

Some things to remember as you work through your feelings about the US election.

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Upcoming Conference: Building Hospitable Communities for Aging

September 21, 2016

The international interdisciplinary conference Building Hospitable Communities for Aging: Challenges and Opportunities will take place at Saint Paul University from September 28 to 30, 2016. Matt provides a brief outline of the reasons for the conference, the topics it will cover, and the long process of community involvement which went into its planning.

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