Archive for July, 2011

Striking unions

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

We trust that readers have received all the mail they think was delayed by the Canada Post strike. There was a strike wasn’t there? Lingering¬†holidays have delayed me posting some interesting comments on public sector unions by friend-of-the-blog Rick B. Rick was a CAW shop steward and later a manager for a large multi-national, with [...]

“Ignoring history” forgets history

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

“Recent history grads may be forgiven for not knowing the significance of the 1st Baron of Dorchester, or that his 1744 Quebec Act was once known as Canada’s Magna Carta”.¬†- Josh DeHaas, MacLean’s It’s admirable to see Canada’s national news magazine decrying the ignorance of Canadian history and describing how its instruction has been curtailed [...]

Otto von Habsburg R.I.P.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

It’s the nature of some long-lived people that they go through cycles of apparent relevance and irrelevance. So it was with Otto von Habsburg, who died this week at the healthy age of 98. At the time of his birth, he was third in line to the throne of Austria-Hungary, a country whose very name [...]