Category Archives: History and Politics

Map Monday: election results and cartograms

Canadian politics flies under the radar screen for most of the world, but Canadians are all well aware that we just completed a 5-week snap election last week. It’s been a while since Map Monday looked at cartograms, but it … Continue reading

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Orange Shirt Day has a new name

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 as a day for all Canadians to reflect on Canada’s long and painful history of the Residential School System, of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their homes and taking them to Residential Schools far … Continue reading

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You can’t change history, but you can change the consequences

Last week I tackled the first two items on my self-challenge list of who have been the most significant contributors throughout history to making the world a better place.  I got through the enormous challenge of women’s rights and children’s … Continue reading

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My self-imposed challenge: who have been the most significant contributors to making the world a better place to live

I have to admit it; once I began my exploration of which individuals throughout history might qualify as candidates for the quest I described in my post last week [The greatest _______ (fill in the blank); how do we decide … Continue reading

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A good news story from Pakistan … think trees

I don’t usually post a story straight from a news source, but I really want to share this one, and many (aka most) readers don’t follow links to external sources.  So rather than simply provide this link to Tik Root’s … Continue reading

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August 15, a day with so many occasions to celebrate

The first thing I did this morning was hang out my Acadian flag.  Why?  Because August 15 is a special day in my home province of New Brunswick, aka Nouveau-Brunswick.  Today is National Acadian Day, or la Fête nationale de … Continue reading

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Cigarettes, big oil, and the power of corporate interests

Drew Dellinger pretty well says it all in his compelling 2006 poem, Hieroglyphic Stairway.  In fact, he pretty well says it all in his first stanza. it’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t … Continue reading

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Emancipation Day comes to Canada

There’s so much happening in our little corner of Canada this weekend. You might say that in New Brunswick we are being emancipated from the emergency restrictions put in place to combat COVID.  Starting yesterday, the province that cut off … Continue reading

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