How I stopped worrying and learned to love the duck

By Richard Forbes. It was as if it was scripted, a mere scene in a film depicting life in Ontario. A middle aged man stands on the harbourfront in Owen Sound, his oversized Kodak camera slung over his polo shirt; he turns to the stranger beside him, seemingly compelled to make a remark as if … Continue reading How I stopped worrying and learned to love the duck

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Wynne’s Liberals lay groundwork for re-election, Corbyn-style

By Richard Forbes. "In a surprise announcement today, the Wynne government has announced its intentions to raise the Ontario minimum wage to $15 an hour," says the voice on the radio with all the rolling cadence the reporter could muster. My co-worker turns the dial up, leaning in intently - her face coloured with disbelief. … Continue reading Wynne’s Liberals lay groundwork for re-election, Corbyn-style

Signing a health agreement with Ottawa: which province is next?

By Richard Forbes. It was supposed to have been healthcare's "fix for a generation" or so the prime minister, then Paul Martin, had said. Nothing could have characterized the Martin government better than the loose jaw-jaw, full of indecision, contradiction and publicity, which bore his Health Accord in the fall of 2004 - the product … Continue reading Signing a health agreement with Ottawa: which province is next?

When Budget Politics & Federalism Meet: Bombardier’s Lousy, Irrefusable Deal

By Richard Forbes, Editor. Featured Image via Alexandre Gouger. Richard Forbes graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo, where he studied Political Science and Philosophy. Winner of the Peter Woolstencroft Prize in Canadian Politics (2015). This article was lovingly typed on his 1949 Royal Quiet De Luxe - made in Canada; when typewriters were tanks, Newfoundland became a … Continue reading When Budget Politics & Federalism Meet: Bombardier’s Lousy, Irrefusable Deal