No greater truism in education exists than the resounding fact a teacher is the single most transformative figure in a child’s life, particularly through cognitive years.  It’s why you’re seeing an explosion of pre-K, as much as while the government in this province ignores any reasonable tribute to them, teachers are venerated by parents, who […]

Policing, in the modern day, is fraught with danger. Everyday, thousands of men and women ‘in blue’ walk out their front doors and wave goodbye to their loved ones, knowing full well–even if unlikely, it might be their last time.  Being a cop is being many things, but, done right, you’re a hero.  I know […]

Nowhere in journalism, at least good journalism–which includes a heap of honesty, and sprinkled liberally with integrity–does it say that you should have no life outside of being a scribbler or talking head.  In fact, most journalists are paid a pittance for the courage of putting their name to their work every time an opinion […]

Well, that’s apparently the opinion of the citizens of Surrey, who delivered to Surrey First, a three-peat last Saturday; one of monumental proportions. Despite polling that I predicted was fundamentally flawed, Surrey First, ably led by Linda Hepner, soared to victory.  It just wasn’t possible for Barinder Rasode to even see a win, and the […]

There is much takeaway for all three civic parties after Saturday’s disappointing Vision Vancouver win–but mostly for the NPA and the city’s accidental saviour.  I’ll explain below. Let’s have a look at the lessons learned…in no particular order… COPE: 1)  They elected candidates that were too left wing, too doctrinaire, too rigid.  Having Tim Louis, […]

There used to be a few basic rules in politics, such that you didn’t lie to the public, and that no matter your agenda you affected change with frugality, measure and reason. Allison Redford always preferred the bus. Justin Trudeau never inhaled more than a few casual puffs (although judging from his policy initiatives he […]

In a municipal campaign that has produced more legal wrangling between Vision Vancouver and the NPA than any defining issues discussed (thanks to Vision’s ducking and cowering), I’ve exclusively obtained copies of two criminal complaints against a prominent Vision councillor and Vision as a party, addressed to the Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department, […]

There is no shortage of  forgiveness in a life where redemption is come by honestly. You fully own your mistakes–oh, to see this in our youth, however; that moving on isn’t simply somewhat genuine, but a path hopefully gilded with future accomplishments–and that, adorned by the emotional wealth of an authentic contrition which guided you. […]

I was recently asked by columnist Barbara Yaffe of the the Vancouver Sun to provide comment for a story she was doing on Vancouver’s illustrious (and hated) City Manager Penny Ballem. Here are my comments to her: “Penny Ballem has utterly politicized, and, thus soiled, a position which requires uncommon judiciousness and integrity. Her ham-fisted manner […]

There was a day, during his time as MP for Vancouver Center, that the late Art Phillips made a remark which has stuck with me to this day. Listening to him speak to a throng of reporters post victory, (I had been co-opted to attend by my father–an almost dizzying supporter of Art’s when the […]