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Why are we asked to do as Hollywood says, not as Hollywood does?

A few weeks back, 200 celebrities signed an open letter…

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What to celebrate this Thanksgiving: Friendship

Unless you live on a blessed tropical island, the past…

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Five books to open up minds this fall

I don’t know if every era has its version of…

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Why history matters: The “two Michaels” as a Canadian example

To grasp how Canada ended up with two Canadian prisoners/hostages…

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COVID vaccines and the flight from reason

About one year ago I posted this question on social…

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News from the Nisga’a

The Nisga’a First Nation on the north BC coast has…

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The poignancy of remembrance

A few weeks back I was visiting my hometown of…

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Beach reading

Now that we’re almost back to normal, and most people…

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Happy Canada Day (No, really)

When Victoria City council under Mayor Lisa Helps decided recently…

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Can Canada compete?

A few years back in Dallas, I had a revealing…

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Why businesses are lousy at censorship (and shouldn’t try)

Facebook recently lifted its ban on postings that allege that…

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No, don’t change British Columbia’s name

A few years back when writing up my latest book,…

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An age of extremes

If you want to understand the age we live in,…

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Rent, under control?

When governments impose price controls on good and services with…

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Off with her head?

At the end of February, some vandal lopped off the…

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Scientists or Sophists

There are many lessons from the now-ended Donald Trump era,…

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Opportunity knocks

With the BC Liberals searching for a new leader, it’s…

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The smart way to use social media

At the start of every new year, many people offer…

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Surviving pandemics and presidents

To understand our own age and avoid repeating the mistakes…

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Big BC government and its defenders

Back in May 2001, an earthquake hit BC’s political landscape,…

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Not the same

To say that 2020 has been a year of turmoil…

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Winston Churchill’s 1929 visit to British Columbia

As we head towards November 11th—Remembrance Day where we all…

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ICBC has never been a good deal

In the provincial election dust-up over who managed the Insurance…

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Modern Malthusians in Vancouver

Those who know their history know that doomsayers have been…

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Fix the Trans Canada between Langley and Hope

Ever had the misfortune to drive the Trans Canada highway…

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Defunding the police is wrongheaded

If you live long enough, or know any history, you…

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Another kind of denial

When analyzing extremists and attempting to introduce reason into public…

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The most potent weapon against disaster

One fascinating aspect of human behaviour is how we are…

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Canada’s culture of political apologies

Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some…

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Different protests, same bad reasoning

Back in the 1980s, when the Vancouver Province was a…

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Escaping the Victim Cult

The Chinese brought distinctive cultural traits to America—such as reverence…

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The Victim Cult: Cain

The following is from chapter 1 of The Victim Cult:…

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Want good middle-class jobs? Let the resource sector flourish

Imagine yourself in one of Canada’s most isolated regions, one…

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The Victim Cult

[The following is from the Introduction to The Victim Cult:…

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How to make British Columbia more affordable

If politicians in British Columbia and elsewhere wish to make…

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The folly of fiat

In the ancient tale of King Canute, the monarch (who…

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The numbers are clear: private auto insurance is less expensive

If you must drive an automobile in British Columbia—for work,…

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Apocalypse Soon

When 16-year-old environmentalist Greta Thunberg spoke to the United Nations…

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Killing BC’s resource sector helps no one

Living in British Columbia has never been more expensive, especially…

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Why government-owned infrastructure is substandard

On a recent vacation back in my hometown of Kelowna,…

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Uber is great for consumers—and immigrants

The problem with taxi monopolies in British Columbia or anywhere…

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ICBC needs fixing: try competition

With the re-approval of the TransMountain pipeline and recent consternation…

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Why Albertans are angry

With much of Canada booming, including low unemployment rates, rising…

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The facts about CO2 emissions and energy

With the election of a new government in Alberta that…

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