Minimum Wage Solution: Shift Corporate Subsidies to Small Business

Minimum Wage Solution: Shift Corporate Subsidies to Small Business

As published in the Hill Times: April 7, 2021

Opponents of raising the minimum wage consistently claim that such increases would harm or even destroy small business. This argument may easily be refuted by revealing an obvious but apparently unmentionable solution.

Without Irony, Israel Condemns Hezbollah’s UN Violations

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs: April-March 2021

Without Irony, Israel Condemns Hezbollah’s UN Violations

Israeli officials are claiming that Hezbollah’s violation of a 2006 United Nations resolution somehow justifies the intimidating presence of low-altitude Israel war planes in Lebanese air space. The 2006 UN Resolution forbade Hezbollah “…from building up its military capabilities and operating near the Israeli border…” UN Resolutions notwithstanding; foreign aircraft that violate Israeli air space have a low survival rate.

Canada Should Emulate Argentina’s Wealth Tax

Canada Should Emulate Argentina’s Wealth Tax

As published in the Ottawa Citizen: 30 December 2020

Canada would be wise to emulate Argentina’s recent adoption of a one-time wealth tax of one percent on those earning over a million dollars per year. The Argentine measure was designed to fund the post-Covid recovery and slow the growth of their federal deficit. Recently, the governing Liberals, Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois combined to reject a similar NDP motion that would have reduced Canada’s huge and growing deficit.

Israel Demolishes Homes as its Allies Weaponize Anti-Semitism

ISRAEL DEMOLISHES HOMES AS ITS ALLIES WEAPONIZE ANTI-SEMITISM

As published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, January/February 2021, p. 6

Double Standard on Iran

DOUBLE STANDARD ON IRAN

As published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA): Nov. / Dec. 2020

The Iranian government recently agreed to allow United Nations inspectors to enter the country and examine their nuclear facilities. This reasonable policy is particularly notable when compared to that of Iran’s main regional rivals, particularly Israel.

CAF Needs More Generals and Admirals?

CAF Needs More Generals and Admirals?

As published in Esprit de Corps: September 1, 2020

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The pending retirement of Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff, General Jonathan Vance, reminded me of his previous comments on the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) urgent need for more generals. According to Vance’s staff,

Poppies Expose Hypocrisy of Canadian Arms Sales to Despots

Poppies Expose Hypocrisy of Canadian Arms Sales to Despots

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Union-bashing Thriving

YOU SAID IT: Union-bashing Thriving

Original title: Brian Lilley’s “School of Life” Accepting Applications

As published in the Ottawa Sun: September 14, 2020.

As Labour Day approaches, it’s worth noting that union-bashing is thriving, especially on the pages of the Ottawa Sun.

According to Brian Lilley, the literature degree of teachers’ union boss Harvey Bishof disqualifies him from commenting on medical matters. Perhaps his lack of meteorology training also diminishes his ability to comment on the weather.

Trade Unions Still Vital Today

OPINION-HILL TIMES

Vigilance required to keep gains earned by labour unions, says letter writer

Trade Unions Still Vital Today

As published in the Hill Times: 9 September 2020

Trade union critics often claim that improved human rights and labor legislation now provide all the protection that working people need. This soothing news may surprise minimum wage and gig economy workers whose precarious labor has achieved higher visibility due to Covid.

America’s invasion of Iraq fuelled militant Islam

America’s invasion of Iraq fuelled militant Islam

As published in the Toronto Star: Wed., Aug. 26, 2020

Canadian intelligence assessments of Saddam’s Iraq got it right, new research paper says, Aug. 23

Many pundits and politicians have claimed that ungrateful Iraqis rejected America’s gift of freedom and chose sectarian violence after the 2003 U.S. invasion. That slipshod incursion created the conditions for violent chaos and inspired Al Qaeda and later ISIS to enter the country.

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