Society 2.0 (May 20, 2018)

(image credit) I was recently going through old blog drafts and came across this one from nearly 8 years ago. It was basically just brainstorming about how to improve society in general. I’m proud to say that in the meantime, I’ve done my (more...)

My 4,659.4 barrels of oil (March 26, 2018)

According to Natural Resources Canada, “Canada has the third-largest proven oil reserve in the world, most of which is in the oil sands.” “Proven oil reserves are estimated at 171.0 billion barrels.” Canada’s current population is about 36.7 mil (more...)

'Pipeline won't get built.' (March 23, 2018)

See: The day oil rained down on Burnaby Ever since I moved to BC, not far from the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, I’ve been asked: “What do you think about that pipeline?” My response, from the beginning (more...)

Fear, or Hope? (May 7, 2017)

It’s Sunday, May 7th, 2017, in the evening. In less than 48 hours, we’ll have a good idea of how the 2017 BC Election is turning out. A mere two months ago, I was nominated to represent the BC Green Party in the BC NDP stronghold of Port (more...)

Trudeau: Implement PR, or prepare to lose (January 23, 2017)

This is an open letter to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. January 23rd, 2017 Dear Justin, You seem like a cool guy. We don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll get straight to the point. In 2015, you made a very specific promise ( (more...)

How to win an election in 2016 (November 9, 2016)

This was the first time I’ve ever bet real money on an election. And I won. Even I’m a bit surprised. But only a bit. In mid-October, I posted “Why Trump Could Still Win” at a time when major news outlets said that a Trump win (more...)

Why Trump Could Still Win (October 17, 2016)

My original title for this post was “Why Trump Will Win.” Since then, nearly every major media outlet in the world says that a Trump win is a statistical impossibility. October 17th prediction from fivethirtyeight.com We’ll see. I&r (more...)

Saving a bureaucratic software project (July 11, 2015)

A recently published article, “The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America” details some of the problems with the Healthcare.gov launch fiasco that “so bad it nearly broke the Affordable Care Act.” It also (more...)

Healthcare in the United States (November 20, 2014)

In the news: Another high profile case of a Canadian getting a huge bill in the States and not being covered. They were on vacation and were caught off guard with a baby that came 9 weeks early. They had proper travel insurance, but it Blue Cross, an (more...)

Fix Toronto Streetcars Tomorrow (September 20, 2012)

Dear Toronto, Your streetcars have always caused me a lot of grief. First, their schedules are so inconsistent. You don’t see any for a half hour, then there’s like 3 in a row. Second, they’re slow. Like, really slow. The east-west routes on busy str (more...)