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At the best of times politics can be complicated and there are a lot of reasons to avoid its discussion online these days!
The 43rd Canadian general election will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019. Elections Canada has a very good website dedicated to information on a variety of topics including how to ensure you are registered to vote, what sort of ID is required, and how you can go about casting your ballot.
Frustration with Ottawa’s seeming inability to govern in a unifying manner and the divisive nature of modern politics leads to at lot of less than ideal outcomes. This situation has had the effect of pushing people away from the process instead of engaging the public with the issues that face us in the 21st century. I’ve always felt that one of Canada’s strengths is that collectively we are pretty reasonable people even when the political class and populist politicians engage in pointless and self-serving grand standing. Broad public participation is one form of insurance that our representatives in Ottawa remain engaged in the hard work and compromise required to maintain peace, order, and good government in the immense country, of not insignificant complexity, that is our inheritance and charge.
With this view I ask that you consider voting on October 21st.
I’m not much for social media, but on the off chance you want to connect with me, I do have a fairly inactive Mastodon account.
I may not reply immediately, but I do check in from time to time.
I just listened to the recent NPR Throughline podcast called The Forgotten War (S1:E03).
It’s an excellent summary of North Korea’s geopolitical history and how it relates to today’s news. I don’t think there’s anything that I would call new (if you’re interested in the topic), but it’s an excellent introduction that presents a reasonably serious overview of the topic without being heavy handed or simply propaganda.
I’m going to listen to the other podcasts this week, but so far I’m impressed at their choices of topics and this first episode (for me, third episode overall).
Of course he doesn’t know it, but there’s nothing I’m aware of that this man has done that I don’t admire. Not only does he do things like this, or this but he’s also a published research astronomer.
If I had known this was a possible career path as a child, I have a feeling I might be doing something else these days!
You have to think that any political movement that frowns on 20-something university students dancing in a joyous and somewhat creative manner is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas and slogans.
As a general rule of thumb, anybody who is criticizing people for dancing is nearly always wrong.
I’m at work so I don’t really have the time to comment on this, but I read this article at lunchtime today and it strikes me as a pretty important change that we’re barely aware of in the North.
2018 was a slog, but I’ve got a good feeling about 2019! Here’s to a happy and productive year!