CETA isn’t so bad

After a tense few days, the small Belgian region of Wallonia finally agreed to sign on to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), allowing Canada and the EU to ink the deal that was 7 years in the making. As with any trade agreement, there will be people who are worse off. Agreements are…

Additional thoughts on referendums

I apologize in advance if you were one of the few people who read my first post on this subject over a year ago, as this re-hashes much of what I said there. But I feel compelled to post about it again in light of a MyToba column wherein Spencer Fernando argues for holding a referendum…

Giving blood: NOW 20% TECHIER!

Today was the first day of a new computerized check-in process at Canadian Blood Services. By chance, I happened to pick today for one of my approximately twice per year donations and had a chance to try it out. It was high time for an overhaul of a process that was still mostly paper-based and…

A theory about the Hydro land deal

News broke this past week that Manitoba Hydro disputed the independently appraised value of the land that the City of Winnipeg needs to purchase from Hydro for the new Rapid Transit corridor (or rather, the completion of the existing corridor). The appraisal pegged the value at $4.6 million. Hydro says it’s worth $34 million. They…

MB election thoughts in point form

In this, my laziest blog post ever, I bulletize some thoughts about the Manitoba provincial election from the comfort of my Best Western hotel room. GENERAL As stunning as this defeat was for the NDP, it could have been stunninger. (It’s my blog and I can make up words if I want to). The Liberal…