Woke ideology doesn’t belong in schools

All students deserve a learning environment that is free of political indoctrination

Woke ideology doesn’t belong in schoolsIf you’ve been around for a while, you probably remember the phrase “politically correct.” Being called politically correct was not a compliment. Instead, it meant that you had an unhealthy obsession with not offending anyone, even if you had to say some rather silly things in the process. For example, instead of saying husband or…

Time for some automotive bits and pieces

Nissan has discovered technology that stifles viruses, including coronavirus

Time for some automotive bits and piecesSounding like something out of Blade Runner or Star Wars, Nissan recently announced that it has helped develop technology that “inactivates viruses using catalyst active species for aerobic oxidation.” In a nutshell, Nissan has discovered technology that stifles viruses of various types – including, apparently, coronavirus – by hitting them with catalysts the company discovered…

Why it’s not that easy to catch someone in a lie

Seven reasons why it is still hard to know when you are being lied to

Why it’s not that easy to catch someone in a lie"You're next in line for a promotion." "Let's have lunch sometime." "I'd love to read your report." "No, those pants don't make you look fat." We get lied to all the time. People are dishonest out of politeness, to avoid punishment, to protect others, or to deliberately mislead for personal gain. Some years back, Tim…

Mark Ruffalo is wrong (again) about Coastal GasLink

'He does not think beyond the pipeline. He does not think beyond the cause of the day'

Mark Ruffalo is wrong (again) about Coastal GasLinkAmerican actor Mark Ruffalo took another uninformed swipe at the Coastal GasLink pipeline this week, claiming via Twitter that “the cleanest river in North America is about to be sacrificed to the oil and gas industry” because of project construction. Earlier this year, Ruffalo joined other celebrities to demand that RBC cease funding Coastal GasLink,…

Study shows promise for treating rare genetic liver disorder

Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) typically leads to liver failure

Study shows promise for treating rare genetic liver disorderIt was a Friday afternoon, and Alexandra was running errands when she looked down at her five-month-old son Armando and thought, “You know, he looks really yellow, like jaundice, like a newborn would look.” She took him to their family doctor that same day and, by Monday, was told to go straight to the Stollery…

Elizabeth II had the poise to navigate the cesspool of colonialism

The British Empire enslaved human beings, destroyed functioning states, destroyed economies, and imprisoned and killed countless people

Elizabeth II had the poise to navigate the cesspool of colonialismThe period of mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was unprecedented. In my experience, the passing of an older person is followed by a celebration of life, where people gather to pay their respects and honour the positive legacy of a person who touched their lives. The legacy of the Queen was her…

How Trudeau’s censorship law will impact you

Bill C-11 is terrible news for Canadians, creators and consumers alike

How Trudeau’s censorship law will impact youPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking Canada on a headfirst dive toward government censorship, with the Senate the only obstacle standing between Canadians and the vast ocean of government control. As Trudeau’s censorship law makes its way to the Senate, the stakes are high. Calling Bill C-11 a censorship bill is not hyperbole. “Bill C-11…

Canadians getting desperate about higher food prices

Almost 24 per cent now cutting back on food purchases, almost 70 per cent of whom are women

Canadians getting desperate about higher food pricesWhile inflation is showing signs of dissipating, food inflation appears to be on a totally different path. Food inflation has outpaced our general inflation rate for over 12 months now. Statistics Canada just announced that the food inflation rate for retail was 10.8 per cent and 7.4 per cent in food service. Canada ranks third…

Proposed emissions cap will hurt Indigenous economies

Tens of billions of dollars in wages, contracts and own source revenues are at risk

Proposed emissions cap will hurt Indigenous economiesOn July 18, the federal government announced a plan to reduce emissions from the oil and gas sector by 42 per cent in just eight years. To meet such targets, this policy would effectively stop all new projects in the oil and gas sector, as well as curtail existing ones. This would dramatically affect global…

PCOS leading cause of menstrual dysfunction, infertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome causes the ovaries to produce abnormally high levels of male hormones

PCOS leading cause of menstrual dysfunction, infertilityBy the time she was 15, Sarah Chambers knew something wasn’t right with her body. “I was late getting my first period, I’d only have a couple a year, and I had facial hair, but I got told it was teenage hormones.” So she waited, hoping the embarrassing symptoms would fade as she matured –…

9 habits that lead to successful cyber security

The average data breach cost to Canadian firms studied hit $7 million

9 habits that lead to successful cyber securityWith Cyber Security Awareness Month almost upon us, I thought it might be helpful for executives to see an actionable list of topics to ask their techies about. Reasonable answers will build your confidence that your organization’s risk of a cyber security breach is being sensibly addressed. The average data breach cost to Canadian firms studied…

Mastering the body language of collaborative leaders

People look for two sets of cues in leaders: one signals warmth and caring, the other power and status. Both are necessary

Mastering the body language of collaborative leadersDuring a break in a seminar I was conducting on collaborative leadership, a man from the audience told this story: “My wife is an attorney and I’ve always been a supporter of women in the workplace. I also believe in collaboration and try to make everyone feel included and appreciated. So I was taken aback…

How to deal with the high cost of housing and energy

Both sectors face inflationary pressures but are being dealt with very differently

How to deal with the high cost of housing and energyAs anyone who has ever spent time in the kitchen knows, when a pot is boiling over, you do not put a lid on it. You lower the heat. Adding a cover does nothing to reduce the cause of all the excess bubbles and steam. In fact, increasing the pressure within the vessel generates an…

Is Canada’s Employment Insurance system recession proof?

No. The need to broaden access and expand government contributions is urgent

Is Canada’s Employment Insurance system recession proof?The risk of recession is now in clear sight. But as the Bank of Canada pursues a course of aggressive interest rate hikes designed to wrestle inflation to the ground, the potential cost is hundreds of thousands of jobs. The August labour force survey is already revealing a worrying increase in the unemployment rate. At…

Rest well, Queen Elizabeth II – and welcome, King Charles III

The way he has handled the transition could lead to his reign being an unexpectedly impressive one

Rest well, Queen Elizabeth II – and welcome, King Charles IIIThe magnificent celebration of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, has come to an end. She arrived at her final resting place, St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, on Monday. Elizabeth was buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which she had commissioned for her late father in…

Trudeau’s luxury tax will harm blue-collar workers

Canadian workers will pay the price of this silly political posturing

Trudeau’s luxury tax will harm blue-collar workersHundreds of people who pull wrenches for a living have a unique point of view on Ottawa’s new luxury tax. Most of us might not be too bothered by a tax on super cars and private jets, and even the rich might not lose much sleep over paying a bit more for a yacht or…

Putin’s War threatens Germany’s competitive advantage

Limiting gas imports from Russia has thrust the country into its biggest energy crisis since the Second World War

Putin’s War threatens Germany’s competitive advantageGermany is stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand is its decision to limit crude and gas imports from Russia. On the other, its industrial might is under threat. Berlin’s political decision to limit gas imports from Russia has thrust the country into its biggest energy crisis since the Second…

Political orthodoxies are being challenged in Europe

From the UK to Sweden to Italy, progressive parties are losing ground

Political orthodoxies are being challenged in EuropeQueen Elizabeth II’s death may have consumed most of the oxygen over the past couple of weeks, but other interesting things are happening. Across the Atlantic, three (non-Ukraine) developments stand out. United Kingdom U.K. political governance has four great offices of state – prime minister, chancellor of the exchequer, foreign secretary and home secretary. And…

Business in decline? Start calling your customers back

Reaching out to wayward customers will reinvigorate your sales and allow you to do a lot of market research

Business in decline? Start calling your customers backGrant was on the ground yelling as I came around the corner at high speed on my mountain bike at dusk. He had flown off his bike instead of hitting a moose standing on the trail. I skidded to avoid him. I could still see two moose, a cow and her year-old calf, on the…

Rocky Marciano vs Sugar Ray Robinson

Rocky Marciano retired undefeated while Sugar Ray went into a long decline

Rocky Marciano vs Sugar Ray RobinsonWhen professional boxing was still a mainstream sport, it often caught the fancy of young boys who’d immerse themselves in the newspaper build-up to championship fights and root passionately for their favourites. And because it’s natural to identify with a winner, you often adopted whoever was the heavyweight champion at the time your interest was…

The Trudeau government is making your life even harder

Increases to the Marginal Effective Tax Rate taking even more of your hard-earned money

The Trudeau government is making your life even harderNew Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is correct when he says governments discourage work with taxes and clawbacks. The Marginal Effective Tax Rate (METR) measures what government takes from each new dollar earned in taxes and clawbacks of income-related government benefits. In his leadership acceptance speech and an August 19 video called “Make work pay,” Poilievre…

Hero worship: finding greatness everywhere

When we broaden our perspective, we can see that there are heroes all around us

Hero worship: finding greatness everywhereIn his book The Game, Ken Dryden grappled with our tendency to put sports heroes on a pedestal, and draws attention to the need to value everyone. Having been a National Hockey League player, Dryden is aware that he and his colleagues are normal people. While gifted in their area of expertise, they are relatively…

What to eat to make learning easier

The human body needs the right fuel for optimal performance

What to eat to make learning easierWhen it comes to learning, registered dietitian Heidi Bates likens humans to “high-performance sports cars” that need injections of just the right fuel throughout the day. “If you’re not fuelling the body at regular intervals, the amount of sugar in your blood – which is really the fuel for your brain – will go up…

Trudeau apologists putting a target on Poilievre

The carefully curated campaign to portray him as the Nosferatu of the National Capital is already falling apart

Trudeau apologists putting a target on PoilievreIt’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Trudeau Media Party. First, they watched in horror as their Elizabeth May pet project – known to its friends as the Green Party – collapsed in ignominy. Despite best attempts to escalate a Facebook page into a force worthy of inclusion in leaders’ debates, the party…

The bleeding continues for restaurants

Many won’t survive

The bleeding continues for restaurantsAfter a slew of confinements and closures, restaurants are still not out of the woods. Far from it. Over the past year in Canada, restaurant closures outpaced openings by a whopping 43 per cent. The industry is still shrinking. Inflation-adjusted food service sales will be around 11 per cent below 2019 levels by the time…

2013 Kia Soul was one funky ride

Consumer Reports appreciated its affordability and “decent” performance

2013 Kia Soul was one funky rideBy 2013, the Kia Soul was firmly embedded in the North American market. It joined the new breed of stubby compact “urban crossover” wagons, such as the Nissan Cube, Scion xB, Honda Element, Ford Flex and so on, and was an instant success. Sometimes it seemed like every other vehicle on the road was a…

5 things you can do to hire employees now

Creative hiring strategies can be the big difference between success and failure

5 things you can do to hire employees nowHiring employees has been difficult for many employers in the current job market. This is a result of a number of factors, including an aging workforce, the "great resignation," and a booming economy. While this will change in time, here are five things you might consider that will improve your chances of success if you…

Trees near farmland pay environmental dividends

Shelterbelts and hedgerows reduce emissions of greenhouse gas by an average of 89 per cent

Trees near farmland pay environmental dividendsBoth dead and alive, trees are an essential ally for farmers in helping the environment, a new University of Alberta study shows. Preserving and planting shelterbelts and hedgerows – and keeping the deadwood they contain – next to cropland helps store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Retaining those live and dead trees, and planting…

Putin’s War is the root cause of the cost of living crisis

The West won’t dig itself out of the crisis unless it decisively responds to Putin’s strategic aim

Putin’s War is the root cause of the cost of living crisisThe cost of living crisis is being misrepresented and mishandled by the political class. Misrepresented because only occasionally do politicians link the crisis to the Russia-Ukraine War and Putin’s use of hybrid warfare to destabilize the West; mishandled because, fundamentally, the solution lies not in economic measures but in ensuring first that Russia is defeated…
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