By almost any economic metric, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is bankrupt. Theorists would argue it’s not possible for a government to go bankrupt because they have the power to generate revenue on demand via increased taxation. Besides, governments can borrow whenever they want—can’t …

With my most recent two columns having been about climate change, I hadn’t intended to continue to expand on the subject in this issue. But I changed my mind after reading a media report on the objections being raised to the latest environmental report on …

Those of you who read my previous column will know this is my second time talking about this subject in as many issues. I don’t apologize for this. Climate change, social inequality and outer space are the signature issues of our time and therefore subjects which deserve to be at the forefront of our thinking and public discourse. Last issue, I lamented the lack of appreciation for what a hydrocarbon world…

This is a difficult topic. The prosperity of the western world during the past 150 years since oil was first discovered, or rather its uses were first discovered, is truly historic. No other period of time has produced a comparable jump in the standard of …

At the height of the Korean War, President Truman was sitting with his senior military team. They had in front of them a large world map. Out of the blue, the President put his finger on Iran and claimed it would be the source of the world’s geo-political problems in the future. Was he just being very prescient or did his thinking incorporate a deep understanding of the area’s complexity? It’s impossible to know of course but his prediction was incredibly accurate.

BREATH-TAKING. ROMANTIC. DESTRUCTIVE. Peaceful. Scary. Engaging. Frigid. Warm. Inspiring. Perplexing. Despite our close association with the ocean in Atlantic Canada, we know little of its potential and have even less appreciation of the extent to which other nations have learned how to cultivate a relationship …

As I write this piece, the fate of Brexit is still in doubt. The current Prime Minister feels compelled to drag her country out of the European Union because of a referendum vote which produced a narrow victory for the “leavers”. The economic consequences of …

I recently had the distinct pleasure of participating in a ceremony in Corner Brook to celebrate a wonderful gift from Fortis to the Set The Stage Campaign. This is a fundraising effort to support the construction of a new theatre building in Cow Head, to …

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