As of printing, April 3rd 2020, no western liberal democracy has succeeded in either containing, mitigating or stopping the spread of Covid-19. Despite enormous resources, disease control centres (specifically designed for this task), widespread community buy-in, and a well- endowed medical community, it doesn’t seem that our package of measures is working. It became clear … More Is it too early to declare Western Governments impotent in the face of Covid-19?
“The great thing about science is it’s true whether or not you believe in it” – Neil deGrasse Tyson The arrival of Greta Thunberg and the global school strike movement is a promising moment in the history of humanity’s fight against climate change. Children around the world have walked out of school and now … More Greta Thunberg as a catalyst for change
*Hiroshima – in 1945 (picture above), compared to current (pictured below) An enormous problem exists in towns across North America that doesn’t get much airplay. It’s not sexy and rarely captures headlines, but if you walk outside your home, you’re bound to see facets of it everywhere: I’m talking about the infrastructure deficit. Over the … More Climate Change, Infrastructure, and the Emerging World
Beginning in 2014 the US Department of Defense began actively raising the alarm on the security risks posed by climate change. They were very blunt in their language of ‘immediate risks’, ‘risk multipliers’, ‘catastrophic’, ‘irreversible’. They get it, they’ve clearly been listening to the scientists. In every year since, they have updated their urgent forecasts … More Why the US Military is humanity’s best hope for averting catastrophic climate change…
The concept of an economy being ‘goal oriented’ is not novel. However, the academic practice of exploring the inner workings of economies through this lens is, to my knowledge, a new endeavor. We do it, but we don’t explain it as such. Plenty has been written on the subject, but it has been glancing blows … More Goal Oriented Political Economy
I’d like to introduce you to a new way of thinking about the world we live in. In everything humans do, either together or as individuals, there are a variety of motivations that underpin those activities. The motivations themselves are highly determinant of the outcome, a concept that is obvious and entirely natural. The same … More Goal Orientation and the emerging world
“I also need to say this (and I know it’s a non sequitur). Our kids and grandkids will judge us on one issue above all others. That issue is climate change. I hope the response to it becomes the collective, non-partisan, urgent effort that science clearly says is required. I hope that happens soon.” – … More Why Gerald Butts resignation has nothing to do with SNC-Lavalin.
“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by … More November 11th 2018
Dear friends, supporters and colleagues: today I am announcing that I will not be seeking a second term on Sechelt Council. This was a very difficult decision that took many months to make, and I did not make it lightly or in passing. I sought feedback from the community, and consulted with my family, friends … More 4 Years on Council…
*Actual proofs of my handout, delivered to ~1000 Sechelt homes as part of my canvas campaign fall 2014 I want to reflect a little on what I campaigned on, and what has come to fruition out of that. I haven’t achieved everything I set out to, of course – it has been a challenging … More Promises and Deliveries