Tag Archives: Opinion

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a great idea. It uses a simple action – turning off the lights – to bring attention to climate change and global warming. But there is one glaring flaw in targeting lights and electricity as the symbol … Continue reading

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Not sure I want to re-read that now…

Once upon a time, back when I was a sheltered and naive undergrad, I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The books were interesting; they made me think and though I did not agree with everything in … Continue reading

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Ranking the ‘Great’ PMs

Not being a political historian or very well versed in the ins and outs of Canadian prime ministers I am not in a place to offer a well supported list of the best PMs to counter the one provided by … Continue reading

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Embracing Failure as a means of Promoting Progress.

Tomorrow world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to work out a new global strategy for combating climate change.  The meeting is being billed as the new Kyoto, the solution to the climate woes of the world and the last chance … Continue reading

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The Redundant Search for a National Narrative.

On the surface it seems that historians have given up on the national project because creating any kind of national narrative has finally been recognized as an unrealistic project.  Yet there is still a obsession with defining what it means … Continue reading

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Walls all fall down eventually, even imaginary ones.

I spent a lot of time thinking about walls today – probably because today is the culmination of nearly a month of media hype over the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The Guardian newspaper started posting … Continue reading

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Energy in World and The Age of Stupid

Sometimes a book is beautiful in the simplicity, coherence, and utter obviousness of the central tenet. Vaclav Smil’s Energy in World History is one such book. It is a world history written by following how humans use energy from simple … Continue reading

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The fine art of gutting…a book

One of first classes I went to as a graduate student was a Canadian historiography course. After the requisite introductions and review of the syllabus, course expectations, etc., the professor looked at us as explained he was going to teach … Continue reading

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