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| July 25, 2014
Peter Goldring
| July 22, 2014
Jason Kenney
| July 21, 2014
Mike Duffy
| July 18, 2014

Political ideology is not a map, grid, graph or chart

Photo: flickr/Joe Cressy

We see them in every election campaign: lines, grids and maps of all kinds. We fill out a form with a few or a lot of questions and find ourselves represented as a dot, usually on a grid opposing social (up or down) and economic (left or right) liberalism or conservatism. We shrug our shoulders at the result, maybe share it on Facebook, and then forget about it. But this idea that we can plot every political ideology and set of beliefs on a simple grid has become such an ordinary way of talking about politics that we take it for granted, even as it's dangerously misleading. When we think of political concepts and policies this way, we all lose. Here's how.

Moving to the 'centre' to appeal to 'right' voters

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Desmond Tutu
| July 15, 2014

Defending Canada's anti-spam law: Why spam is still problem

Photo: flickr/freezelight

Canada's anti-spam legislation took effect at the beginning of the month, sparking a steady stream of critical opinion pieces calling it everything from an absurd solution to a mostly non-problem to "ludicrous regulatory overkill." The criticisms generally boil down to three claims: spam isn't a big problem, the law is ineffective because most spam originates outside Canada and the law is overbroad because it targets legitimate businesses alongside fraudulent spammers.

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Brent Rathgeber
| July 11, 2014

Omar Khadr one step closer to justice

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| July 10, 2014
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