You started a blog? and you didn’t update it for two weeks?!

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

I admire the dedication of those who have put together a blog and manage to update it with any level of consistency! It’s just a really easy thing to put off, or deprioritize. Still – I want to make sure that reading and reflecting is part of my regular routine. So I’m back at it. It’s also a good way to challenge myself to have some ongoing objectives, rather than frantically flinging myself at deadlines.

Some recent items of note!

Andrew Coyne on the new “Fair Elections Act.” From my reading of him, Coyne is not a writer who attributes much importance to the intangible nuances of how injustice perpetuates itself. This can make him frustrating or abrasive to read on a lot of topics. Where Coyne really shines is deconstructing the logical inconsistencies of governments.

The Fair Elections Act is a recent bill from the federal Conservative government, changing laws around elections and voting. Coyne’s critique has three parts: the diminishing of the powers of Elections Canada, an increase in spending (both individual contributions and party spending limits), and a constraint against get-out-the-vote style advertising from Elections Canada. The bill itself passed yesterday in the House of Commons, but must now go through house committee and Senate.

Bartley Kives gave an update this morning on the upcoming municipal elections in Winnipeg. Judy Wasylycia-Leis is the front-runner in two recent polls, although she has yet to formally declare her candidacy. Kives’ broader complaint is the lack of hard policy being discussed by the candidates. I’m not outraged yet. After all: it’s February. Still, the concern is a valid one, and I’d like to see all the hopefuls offer some interesting suggestions for their vision of Winnipeg.

Finally, here’s an article on gender-based pay inequality in Silicon Valley’s tech sector. The study was run by the Silicon Valley Index, 2014 numbers. The most significant, but also frustrating, part of the article to me was that the studied focused on equivalent educational achievement. Asking: “Why aren’t there more women studying computer science, or computer engineering?” is an easier question to start answering than “Why aren’t they getting paid the same amount after graduating in those areas?”

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