We need to talk about this in Ontario. But we probably won’t

Friday, November 15th, 2019

“Because my wife has French-language rights, and because we’re Catholic, I get to choose between four different schools to send my kids to. The other 70 per cent of Ontarians don’t get that choice… They can only go to an English public school. How is that fair for anyone?” … Parents are struggling with all manner of cuts and shortcomings to their children’s education… a lot of people will tell you it’s because we have multiple boards.

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Don’t fear the preacher: Let politicians pray in peace

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

4 August 2012
Mr. Martin worries that faith is supplanting “reason.” I think “reason” is too far down the list of important policy-drivers in Ottawa to care very much. Politicians believe all sorts of stupid things for all sorts of stupid reasons… Democracy provides us with a wonderful opportunity, every four years or so at the most, to judge politicians for what they do. What does it matter why they do it?

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Online government services don’t take lunch breaks

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Jun 18, 2012
ServiceOntario is something of a success story… It has reduced per-transaction costs for health cards and driver and vehicle licensing by 7.6%, for example, and has set and achieved high goals for customer satisfaction… The more Ontarians can be pushed towards automated licence and registration renewals, the more the savings will rack up… there is no cause to blunder headlong into privatization for its own sake. But there is no reason whatsoever to rule it out.

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