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Prohibition in Ontario: A Brief History & Current Analysis

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, History, Law, Regulation.

There is only one way Ontarians can buy alcohol for private consumption. You can’t buy beer at the bar and then take it home – like in Alberta. And you can’t buy beer at the grocery store – like in

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Sow it Everywhere

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by posted in Law, Regulation, War on Drugs.
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Reprinted from Review of Martin A. Lee, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012), vii + 519 pgs., hardcover. Although I don’t use marijuana for medical, recreational, or scientific purposes, I highly recommend this book to

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No Censorship for Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation.

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is no fan of censorship. So when the Chinese government asked him to comply with new regulations that require online identities to be linked with real names, he flatly refused. The internet has proved

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The Just War Theory

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Law.
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The Just War theory of theologian Thomas Aquinas is said to influence the foreign policy decisions of the United States government. A hallmark of Western philosophy, the theory establishes a time in which it is morally permissible to engage in

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Toronto: Anarchy in the Streets

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

A Toronto cop shot a young man nine times on a streetcar. The cop has been suspended with pay. This story is not an isolated event. There have been other questionable actions by the Toronto Police, as well the RCMP

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Drones and Right to Privacy

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Philosophy.

On August 6th, the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is set to vote on an ordinance that will permit the hunting of unmanned surveillance drones. The author of the ordinance, Phillip Steel, claims the gesture is “symbolic.” In an

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Just Another Marijuana Bust in Alberta

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.

The other day a 34-year old man from Edmonton was busted for driving a van full of marijuana. The RCMP pulled him over on Highway 1 near Canmore; they found over 300 pounds of product. Now the man is out

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The Winner in the Verdict

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Politics.

The “not guilty” ruling in the Trayvon Martin case has predictably sparked outrage across the United States. When the verdict was announced, social media exploded with a bunch of iterations of “I am ashamed of my country.” The erroneous conflating

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Shiprider: How US Agents Are Becoming Canadian Police

Monday, July 8th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are not something to cheer about. Despite their rosy image as Dudley Do-Right patriotic heroes – they are in fact the federal police force that once dispersed and murdered First Nation communities to protect railroad

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Children Voting and Democracy

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.

The recent hullabaloo over the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act was typical for a media class focused on spectacle over substance. First, you must ignore the fact the high court is not vested by the Constitution with

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In an Emergency, the Police State is Apparent

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Events.
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Talk about being in the right place at the right time. While my friends watched Cougar Creek and the Bow River overflow and destroy about sixty houses in the process – I sat in sunny Mount Forest sipping a beer

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The Calgarian Advantage – Low Taxes or Zero Taxes?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Politics, Socialism.

In Alberta, property taxes are everything. Since the province levies a flat income tax of 10% and has no sales tax, property taxes are a vital part of the government’s budget. Recently, the Alberta government raised the property taxes of

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Disappearing Mr. Goro

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, Socialism.
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On Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, Jan Goro didn’t show up for work. A 66-year old janitor in Banff’s Whyte Museum, the absence of Goro did not go unnoticed. His boss called the house where Goro lived alone with his cat.

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Debating the Legality of Prostitution

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics, Law, Philosophy, Politics.

Later this week, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments in a constitutional challenge of our prostitution laws. As an experiment, I endeavor to answer this question using a method made famous by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa

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Sex Workers & Freedom

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Events, Lifestyle.

Last Saturday Montreal’s sex-workers and their supporters took to the streets for a dance-a-thon. They weren’t protesting – as that requires complying with bylaw P-6 – but dancing in an effort to raise awareness about the Supreme Court’s decision next

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Taxation is Robbery

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Law.
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Excerpted from Out of Step: The Autobiography of an Individualist, by Frank Chodorov; The Devin-Adair Company, New York, 1962, pp. 216-239. The Encyclopaedia Britannica defines taxation as “that part of the revenues of a state which is obtained by the compulsory dues and

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Russell Taylor: In Praise of People

Friday, May 31st, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Regulation, Socialism.
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Reprinted from The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee recently threatened the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League with intrusive legislation unless it becomes more ‘diverse’ and ‘inclusive’. If football clubs were embezzling fans or people

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The Danger of Involuntary Commitment

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law.
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In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting and the Boston bombing, there has been a veritable circus of finger pointing to determine who is responsible for such heinous acts of violence, and what can be done to prevent them

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The RCMP’s Drug Problem

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Law, War on Drugs.

“There’s more cocaine than marijuana in Canmore,” my friend tells me. Another friend, in a different context tells me the same thing, “It’s easier here to get coke than weed.” Makes sense, I reason. Every month I read about the

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Five reasons why the LCBO sad child posters should go down

Monday, May 13th, 2013 by posted in Civil Liberties, Education, Lifestyle, Regulation.

The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is “an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol.” Posters like the one below (Photo by: The Ethical Adman) can be seen in many LCBO

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