When common sense comes across as radical

Recently in Macleans magazine there was a decent op ed decrying Peter Mackay’s promotion of instituting random vehicle stops on the basis of reducing drunk driving.  My initial negative reaction to the story was simply because I don’t like the idea of expanded police powers and particularly not when it comes to being able to search […]

Another Canadian Medical Journal broadside against e-cigarettes

“We must not be so easily lured by the illusion of a safe substitute for cigarettes that we yield precious ground in the war against tobacco.” So writes Michael Stanbrook, Deputy Editor, Scientific for the Canadian Medical Journal in a recent oped. You get the feeling from these tireless campaigners for an unending battle that […]

It’s all good or is it?

Years ago I worked for someone who liked to use the phrase “it’s all good”. I noticed that she only used it when actually it wasn’t all good; in fact, the only time she used it was when dismissing the obvious downsides of an action or situation. New technologies seem to coast in with the […]

New Look

Welcome to the new look of the THR blog. I hope that no one was too attached to the old look and cannot promise that this will not change every now and then. What drove this particular change is that the old format with the narrow column not only made short posts seem long but […]

On Wikipedia: part 3

Ran across this article from Boston Review by Evgeny Morozov on Wikipedia.  (Sheds some light on the troubles and tribulations written about in parts one and two). Excerpt: This creates enormous knowledge gaps in Wikipedia and further alienates well-informed subject experts, particularly those who may know much that is hard to verify online. The subject […]