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NORTHERN MUNICIPALITIES

THE CONTRARIAN This is to expand on a previous column in which I argued that the drafters of British North America Act forgot about municipal governments, so municipalities in Canada are weak, totally wards of the provinces. But cut the … Continue reading

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GNOME IN THE BASEMENT

THE CONTRARIAN I can see him in my mind’s eye, a little, old fellow with a peaked cap, a perpetual grin on his face, except when it lights up with a cackling laugh when something amuses him. He perches on … Continue reading

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HOW CORN FLAKES WAS INVENTED

  THE CONTRARIAN This is a fictional story, set in 1965. It starts with a bright young fellow (BYF) entering his bank managers office. “Thank you for taking the time to hear my idea”, he says.  “I have developed this … Continue reading

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

THE CONTRARIAN So, Little Red Riding Hood is tripping along through the forest on her way to her grandma’s house, enjoying the scenery and the birdies and bunnies who seem to follow her everywhere, red hooded cape unbuttoned, red hair … Continue reading

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PROPORTIONAL REPRESTENTATION

THE CONTRARIAN   The colonial system. All the smart worthy people live in the center, and the rest live in the colonies.  This creates a powerful drag, almost like gravity, moving everything toward the center, the biggest city.  It works … Continue reading

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A POLITICAL DISCUSSION

THE CONTRARIAN I see the split in modern society as a tug-of-war between two different basic assumptions or prejudices. One side believes we are born totally virtuous, a clean slate, and all evil is imparted by society.  So if we … Continue reading

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WHEN IS A CITY TOO BIG?

THE CONTRARIAN There is a theory in urban planning that there is an optimum size for a city. Quality of life gets better as the city gets bigger up to the optimum size, and then the problems grow while the … Continue reading

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