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Canada has adopted a system of taxpayer support of political parties. Recently there has been controversy over the current system and proposals to reduce or eliminate taxpayer support. I believe that a system of taxpayer support of political parties enhances democracy and the power of...
Like other writers I am on the look out for story ideas. Recently an Op-Ed article I read speculated on how technology could affect the job market. Increased productivity might mean that only a small proportion of the population would need to work. What happens to the rest of the peop...
Arthur looked forward to a quiet vacation with his wife, when a rush job landed on his desk. He worried that he might have to cancel his vacation, but more serious threats loomed in his future.
In recent years the value of economic theories has been called into question because of the failures in the economic system. Economists have looked at other approaches to improve their theories. One potentially useful idea is evolutionary economics.
Many politicians promise that, if elected, they will "run government like a private business". Is this possible, or even desirable? Government is usually not very good at doing what private businesses do, but then that isn't the purpose of government.
I like to collect and share quotations. They can provide germs of wisdom and humour from great and some not so great thinkers. Lately, though, I’ve discovered a “dark side” to quotations.
A couple years ago I left my career of 30 years as an engineer to pursue my dream to write and make movies. As I planned my new career I reflected on my experiences in my old career and felt I had some advice that would be valuable for others.
Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail - and Why We Believe Them Anyway by Dan Gardner caught my interest, because I just spent the last 30 years of my life as an expert predictor in the field of transportation planning. I must admit that I felt defensive at first, since the autho...
Many people worry about the increasing cost of health care. Before we can look at ways to reduce costs, we need to have a better understanding of where health care spending goes.
In my previous article “Was John Maynard Keynes a Socialist?” I concluded that Keynes was not, as some people claim, a socialist. While most people who contacted me expressed agreement, many others disagreed. I have delved into their objections and here’s some of what I have lea...
A typical management consultant doesn't need to worry that someone will try to kill him, but then, Ken Walker wasn't a typical management consultant.
As I think back over my career, I remember the lessons I learned. These are the things I wish I knew at the beginning of my career. I have put together some of them to help you in your career.
A short time ago I was talking to a friend about names. I was quite surprised to learn that she didn't know the meaning of her name. I was always curious about my name.
A fable about two friends and the tragedy of greed.
There was a time long ago where I read every H.P. Lovecraft story I could find. This story was a side effect of that obsession.
A struggling automobile company has some tough choices to make.
Most people have felt frustration when other people cannot see the obvious. I know that it has happened to me many times. It took me a long time to see the obvious. Just because something is obvious to you, doesn’t mean it is obvious to others.
Most people think of conservatives and liberals as the opposite end of the political spectrum. Until recently, so did I. While conservatism and liberalism have a history of conflict, they are not opposites. People tend to think in terms of two choices: Black or white, Good or bad, T...
Most people have heard of King Tutankhamun, buy fewer people know of his wife Ankhesenamun. When I first learned about her, I thought her life would make a good story for a movie. From Tutankhamun’s birth to his death, Ankhesenamun was by his side. With his death, her life became a ...
It took thousands of years for people to discover the true nature of the Solar System. The road to understanding was not straight and along the way, some curious things happened. The search, after all, was by people, who can be quite curious.
Philip Wylie’s and Edwin Balmer’s 1933 science fiction novel "When Worlds Collide", and the 1951 movie based on it, tell the story of the Earth being hit and destroyed by another planet. Scientists have found evidence that something very much like that did happen.
Some people have suggested that Canada’s democracy would work better if Canada elected its parliament using some form of proportional representation. How would this affect Canadian politics?
The Guess Who was one of the first Canadian rock bands to gain international success.
It is not often in our busy lives that we can find tranquility. Memories of those times are precious.
The debate over health care reform in the United States has generated much discussion over the differences between the Canadian and American health care systems. This article looks at how health care is paid for and how much it costs in both countries.