When inclusivity runs counter to simple common sense

Inclusion is a virtue, but not when it erodes the boundaries of taste, truth and common sense

When inclusivity runs counter to simple common senseSometimes you have to wonder what’s going through another person’s mind – or whether anything’s going on in there at all. The latest entry in the what’s-he-thinking? ledger belongs to the teachers at Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School in Ajax, Ont. To celebrate Black History Month, the school’s black history committee suggested students and…

Kindersley native publishes first book

‘I am a faith-based adventurer who enjoys people, ideas and the mess of life,’ says the author

Kindersley native publishes first bookKevin McBain of The Clarion Kindersley’s Ron Baker recently self-published his first of what he hopes will be many books to come. The book, In the beginning: 2005-2006 – Random thoughts as life goes on, is a compilation of selected blog posts he wrote over that period. “I just love to write and I have…

Health Canada’s suggested new food labelling has limitations

Would help consumers know what's in their food but there are some gaps in the system

Health Canada’s suggested new food labelling has limitationsWhen it comes to food, the current federal government is big on consultations. Health Canada recently launched online public discussions and consumer-oriented research to find the best front-of-package labelling formula. Four models have been presented – Health Canada appears to want to keep its options open (although all the logos look the same). Saturated fats, sugar…

The stigma of mental illness

If you think you suffer from a mental illness, resist succumbing to stigma and ask your doctor about getting treatment

The stigma of mental illnessGetting treatment for a mental illness is often a lot more difficult than simply calling up your doctor and making an appointment. For many people it involves a painful process of accepting that they have a problem and being willing to expose themselves. Many people who come to be treated for the first time say…

Stuck in traffic: why won’t Vancouver embrace Uber?

The benefits of ride-hailing services are many, for both individuals and communities. So what's the holdup in B.C.?

Stuck in traffic: why won’t Vancouver embrace Uber?In a well-functioning city, we’ve long taken certain things for granted. We expect law and order, and a reasonable degree of safety. Drinkable water should flow from the taps. A reliable supply of electricity should ensure the lights stay on. Traffic should move. Recently, this list of basic requirements has expanded. We expect cellphones to…

10 powerful and simple body language tips

The amazing thing about nonverbal communication is that sometimes the smallest body language change can bring powerful results

10 powerful and simple body language tipsEvidence from psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and anthropology has given nonverbal communication new credence in the workplace. One example is a study at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging that discovered it takes the brain just 200 milliseconds to gather most of the information it needs from a facial expression to determine a person’s…

Indigenous businessman decries Canada Summer Jobs edict as ‘insidious’

Compares the government's rule change to the reviled Indian Act for imposing ironclad status-quo thinking

Indigenous businessman decries Canada Summer Jobs edict as ‘insidious’Just days before the extended deadline for the Canada Summer Jobs program, David Acco still can’t reconcile what the federal government wants employers to do as part of a new application process. “It’s crazy,” Acco says from Montreal. “I would never tick the box they want me to tick. They should be looking at this…

Feeling stressed? Think and behave like an Olympic athlete

A few tips on how to perform better under pressure – and how to answer (or ignore) the questions after

Feeling stressed? Think and behave like an Olympic athlete“A gentleman does not lose control of his temper. … Exhibitions of anger, fear, hatred, embarrassment, ardour or hilarity, are all bad form in public,” wrote Emily Post. The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are about to get underway. Sometimes I’m grateful that this only happens every four years. It’s one of those…

“I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living”

History is full of policies established to determine which human lives were valuable and which were not. Are we comfortable going down that path again?

“I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living”By observing history without judgment, we can learn from our mistakes. By examining primary documents – artifacts from a particular era – we can begin to understand the thinking of the people of that time. In an effort to create a more objective perspective, I tell my students to imagine that they’re living in the…

The green agenda comes at a high cost for Canadians

Government green programs impose costs on third parties. Consumers and taxpayers must pay for those policies, and the environment actually suffers

The green agenda comes at a high cost for CanadiansIn a 1999 interview, the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman remarked that there were good arguments for having government take action to reduce pollution, like smoke from power plants. That’s because the smoke imposes costs on third parties – for example, by dirtying property as well as surrounding public spaces. A power plant produces…