A Plan for Canada.

The two Canadian Leaders’ Debates, held this past Wednesday and Thursday (in French and English, respectively), were a riot.  Commentary on the specifics are being extensively covered elsewhere, but it was refreshing how much substantive discussion there was in comparison to the U.S. Presidential (and Vice Presidential) debates.  The seated conversational format was brilliant.  Though I wish Stéphane Dion was stronger in the English debate, I thought he ultimately came out on top in both of them (perhaps as a result of low initial expectations). And Elizabeth May justified the spot at the “roundish” table that she had fought so hard for. Well done.

The actual plans discussed during the debate prompted me to examine and record my own priorities for a Canada Plan.  This is the beginning of an evolving list, and I hope to return to this list to discuss the line items in more detail.

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‘CEUFTA’ please?

Canada and the EU have been pursuing a historic free-trade agreement – one that would rival the scope and scale of NAFTA, currently the largest trade bloc in the world.  This is the same agreement Jean Charest had championed in January.

It’s difficult to underestimate the opportunity this presents for Canada, and why we need to ensure the success of these negotiations.
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Today in West LA.

I love it.  I just wish I\'d thought of it first.

I love it.  I just wish I’d thought of it first.

 

Specialization is for insects.

In defense of renaissance men and women everywhere.

Note: This post really serves as an outline to myself to make a longer, data-driven argument about this concept.

The scene is horrific: the machine has been declared victorious, and the humans have been taken over.  Their time as drones, pursuing their narrow, repetitive tasks – like cogs in a wheel – has just begun.  Each is focused on the mechanics of their own assignments, unable to see the forest for the trees and largely unaware of their state of enslavement. The machine itself would grin inwardly for its newfound efficiency – if only it had any emotion at all.

Listless plot from a B sci-fi flick?  Perhaps.  But this scenario is one we approach in our increasing state of personal specialization.  In a new global economy where corporations, organizations, and individuals struggle to find their niche, we are on the cusp of losing the ability to effectively handle the problems of the day, large and small – and operating only at the whim of Adam Smith’s economic machinery.

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