2016: A Year in Review

The Worst is Over or Lynchpin for the Endtimes? I should open with something resembling full disclosure. As a wannabe lawyer and journalist, human misery is basically my bread and butter. Without it, I’d have little potential beyond being an office monkey who’d be lucky to get a salaried job in this economy. You don’t …

WHAT GIVES, 2016?

Sorting out the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2016   T’was a mood-souring year, dubbed the worst here and there. It’s arguable as to when things in 2016 really got bad. As a music aficionado/child of the 80’s, 2016 started to sink with the death of David Bowie. It was sad to see …

Shaming Melania

Who knows what makes Melania Trump tick? She’s hard to figure out unless you want to make “judgey,” slut-shaming assessments based on her appearance and her past choices. I don’t know that much about her, but what I’ve seen doesn’t exactly impress me. I’ve seen a photograph of her with a gold-plated baby carriage in …

Deflating the Orange Balloon

Thoughts after the First Week Following Trump’s Election The initial shock is mostly over. Yes, the American people elected a joke. A really, truly awful joke. However, in the midst of the hissing and groaning and jeering and other angrily vocal reactions, to my surprise, I noticed one particular person who isn’t laughing.   Donald …

President Evil

Thus Dies the Lingering Remnants of my Faith in Humanity   The unthinkable has happened: Trump won the 2016 election.   I woke up the morning after election night hoping the disastrous outcome that had appeared increasingly inevitable would be miraculously averted. That was foolish: even if you believe in miracles, you can’t count on …

The Environmental Policy Cycle

Reflecting on the Paris Agreement   “If we don’t start taking additional action now … we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy. The growing numbers of climate refugees hit by hunger, poverty, illness and conflict will be a constant reminder of our failure to deliver. The science shows that we need to move much …

Legal Technology and Access to Justice

Legal Technology is often reported as being intrinsically linked to access to justice. Apps, AI, and digital access suggest an Uber-like ability to receive legal services at the push of a button. A recently published Globe and Mail article by University of Ottawa law professor Jena McGill, for example, bore the headline “Better access to …