I came across a National Post article a few weeks ago on Japan’s aging crisis and its economic impacts. As you may know, a significant chunk of Japan’s population are seniors, and the combination of low birth-rates and longer life expectancies are exacerbating this trend. In the article, John Ivison describes Japan as having the highest […]

A few Christmases past, Joseph Boyden’s novel Through Black Spruce kept me turning pages for an entire day, following the concurrent stories of a comatose Will Bird’s reflection on his life while his niece Annie Bird tells him her own stories in an attempt to revive him. Will’s life in Moosonee (a historically Cree town on […]

The months have ticked by and apparently they will continue to do so regardless of whether or whether not I write this blog. Seven months seems like a tidy break. With Canada is a brief nine day blip away from a federal election, I dove into the political section of a recent MacLean’s Magazine and took an […]

Sitting in a sleek but overpriced cafe in Labuan Bajo, I read a fascinating article by Ben Bland on the history and future of Indonesia’s state-owned marine passenger line, Pelni. Featured in Monocle magazine, the article contained a multitude of perspectives: manager, customer, and maritime employees themselves. The information was gleaned not only from interviews, […]

I did a lot of reading over the holidays. Something I found noteworthy was the conflict between the different authors I read, all seemingly bright, educated and respectable people. In The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs (Ph.D., Harvard) says that developing countries need to avoid protectionism and liberalize their markets to encourage investment, spurring growth. Fair […]

“Again in August 1949, 25 prominent Americans were asked to attend an all-Soviet peace conference in Moscow. For reasons which arose directly from the violent reception given the [American] peace congress in March, I was the only one who accepted the invitation. I addressed the 1,000 persons present: ‘The two great advantages of the United […]

I enjoyed reading Mary Agnes Welch’s recent article on the Kapyong Barracks, a vacant federal-owned land plot in South Central Winnipeg. That should tell you something about me, from the get-go. It wasn’t until I hit the comments section – where the highest upvoted comments include both subtle and less-than-subtle racist rejoinders – that I […]