Most news today is unrelentingly depressing and angst-ridden. An increasingly authoritarian ruler is happily stamping out the last remnants of American democracy. Angry workers vow to shut down Ontario. Angry people of all sorts are actively seeking to shut down Canada over Native rights, climate change, or whatever. As an antidote to all this doom and gloom, I offer these two recent reports.
The world has watched with growing dismay as the rule of law is increasingly ignored under the onslaught of Trump totalitarianism. But Canadians have no cause for complacency given what is happening to the rule of law in this country.
A flu epidemic is spreading and there are concerns about the growing number of casualties.
This is the theme of countless news items in recent days, but it also describes the situation in Canadian cities just over 100 years ago. Flu and typhoid epidemics back then caused more deaths than World War One. The causes were largely as a result of overcrowding in cites, inadequate and inferior housing, and water quality issues.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.