Thursday, March 19, 2015

Worth Reading - March 19, 2015

Yesterday the Arctic Winter Games Committee announced Hay River and Fort Smith are its choices for the 2018 contest. 

Martin Regg Cohn has some ideas in how Ontario can turn its finances around

My alma mater Brock University recently installed a large statue of its namesake. Here is an interesting piece in the local paper about the mythology embodied in thatlandmark

Spacing Magazine had an interview with Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair (NDP - Outremont, QC) during his visit to Toronto. 

Why are teenage boys falling behind teenage girls in educational systems? I found this an interesting article because this was recently raised as an issue in Northwest Territories in a letter to the editor to News/North.

This is a piece from a few months ago, but in a conversation on Twitter with Desmond Cole, the author it fit nicely with the stories surrounding a few Conservative MPs and their racist remarks. Here is an excerpt:

One of the reasons it is so difficultto address bigotry is that we tend to focus on the abusers rather than the abused. We spend a lot of time debating whether individual people are racist, misogynistic, or homophobic; we parse their words in search of hidden meanings, dispute whether there’s a difference between making a racist remark and being a racist. Meanwhile, the legion of real people who have been slurred fade into abstraction. Victims of discrimination become points of reference instead of individuals whose vilification deserves immediate attention, opposition, and remedy.
From the Hill Times, one might be surprised to learn of the apparent weakness of political parties in their home turf. The piece takes a look at Conservative ridings in Alberta.

Referenced in my post on Tuesday, here is Aaron Wherry's piece on the niqab debate

Eric Grenier says that Ontario will be the key to the 2015 federal election, unsurprisingly. 

Jeffrey Simpson writes that Canada is increasingly isolated in its adherence to the First-Past-the-Post system, and Canadian democracy in general. 

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