Energy: Sources and Uses

By Gary Martens Our economy, any economy involves work and work requires energy. The human body is a very efficient machine in terms of work. A fuel efficient car might be able to travel 100 kilometres on 5 litres of fuel, but the human body only needs 0.8 litres of fuel (energy equivalents) to travel … Continue reading Energy: Sources and Uses

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Carbon Pricing: You’ve Got it Wrong, Mr. Falk

It is with great disappointment that I note that your party has decided to oppose the Liberal Carbon tax by portraying it as a tax grab. The government is saying this tax will be revenue neutral – that is it will not be an increased tax [tax grab] but a tax shift. There is nothing … Continue reading Carbon Pricing: You’ve Got it Wrong, Mr. Falk

The True Power of a President (and the real reason to fear a Trump presidency)

From the start of the American presidential primaries last year there has been considerable talk of "establishment" candidates vs "outsiders" or "anti-establishment" candidates, talk that increased with every "establishment" Republican that dropped out of the race leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. On the Democrat side, the "establishment" candidate Hillary Clinton won out … Continue reading The True Power of a President (and the real reason to fear a Trump presidency)

Innovation in an Information Economy: An Open Letter to Navdeep Bains

To the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Thank you for your commitment to serve Canadians by helping our economy to grow and develop. In accordance with your ministerial mandate, I'd like to offer you some feedback about a much needed area of innovation and development: the pay sources of … Continue reading Innovation in an Information Economy: An Open Letter to Navdeep Bains

Brexit and the Resurrection of Nationalism

Yesterday marks the end of an era. In World War II the world came together, but in brutal opposition and violence. Since then, or for the last 70 or so years, we've been very deliberately coming together in peace and trade. The League of Nations became the United Nations, and provided a new forum for … Continue reading Brexit and the Resurrection of Nationalism

Vote No to a Referendum on Democratic Reform

Update: CBC's The Current interviewed some experts on the subject of referendums in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. They cover all of the same territory. You can hear the episode here. There's a certain logic to the idea that the issue of electoral reform should be settled by a referendum. After all, if we're … Continue reading Vote No to a Referendum on Democratic Reform