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The Bureaucrat’s Guide to Healthy Eating

The Bureaucrat’s Guide to Healthy Eating

Nov 17 2015

Toronto’s latest public-health fixation, this time on so-called “food swamps,” serves as a reminder that we are unlikely to realize the goal of creating a healthier population until we respect the autonomy of the individuals about whose health we’re so gallantly fretting. Just as the concept of “food deserts” —

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When the cops break the law

When the cops break the law

Nov 16 2015

Which do you think is worse: police officers who don’t know the law, or officers who know the law but deliberately ignore or even mock it? That question has been on my mind since I saw the video made by Mike Miller, who observed two police officers making an arrest

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Universities lose the thread on reasoned discourse

Universities lose the thread on reasoned discourse

Nov 11 2015

Is it too late to save the spirit of debate on university campuses, the very places where dissent is supposed to be valued for its contribution to fresh and vibrant thought? We’ve been worrying about the problem for decades. In the early 90s, my contribution to free speech in education

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Albertans are entitled to beer without borders

Albertans are entitled to beer without borders

Nov 03 2015

“Some animals are more equal than others,” said one of the pigs in Orwell’s cautionary tale Animal Farm. In that story, once the animals wrested control of the farm from the humans, the pigs in charge were soon drunk on power and became even more oppressive than previous management. The

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Requiring alcoholics to be dry months before a liver transplant is a serious bureaucratic overreach

Requiring alcoholics to be dry months before a liver transplant is a serious bureaucratic overreach

Nov 02 2015

We are told that the organ transplant rules in Ontario, which require six months of sobriety before a patient can be considered as a recipient for a liver transplant, are necessary to protect a scarce resource — and the organ donors who provide it. Yet if one believes an alcoholic

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The sunny side of liberty

The sunny side of liberty

Oct 26 2015

It’s the optimism — or the lack of negativity. That’s what is being credited for the Liberals’ federal election victory; that’s what Harper cabinet minister Jason Kenney says conservatism needs more of. I say, set politics aside for a bit. It was a long campaign. But hang on to the

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The importance of the charter

The importance of the charter

Oct 20 2015

How do Canadians see the country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The constitutional bill of rights is young enough that the benefits of its very existence are still an ongoing matter of debate, never mind differences of opinion about how it should be interpreted. That’s why it surprised me to

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Since when has Donald Trump spoken for conservative values?

Since when has Donald Trump spoken for conservative values?

Oct 14 2015

Last week, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went on television and professed his love for eminent domain, the process by which government takes private property without the owner’s consent and uses it for a public purpose. His statement was not surprising given that Trump once stood to benefit personally from

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Why Facebook shouldn’t crack down on ugly speech

Why Facebook shouldn’t crack down on ugly speech

Oct 05 2015

Not much useful usually comes of hot mic incidents. When politicians or celebrities spout off without realizing their words are being picked up by live microphones, humiliation and offence are the typical results. But in the case of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a

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