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Looking for the border between brain and mind

Looking for the border between brain and mind

One of the more interesting questions science faces is: "Where does the brain end and the mind begin?" This is complicated because our inner experience is so private. No one else can share your thoughts.
Suggestions for electoral, gov't reform

Suggestions for electoral, gov't reform

To the commission on electoral reform: Canadian society like a child is growing up. Like an alcoholic, Canada's government feels entitled. Like a drunk it will not change until it must.
Digital footprints

Digital footprints

In the last week, we've received two related requests. The first one came from the subject of a recent Citizen story, who changed his mind after the story was published and wanted his name and comments removed.
You can't take it with you when you're gone

You can't take it with you when you're gone

Years ago we had a company program benefitting both incoming and outgoing employees involved in a company-initiated transfer. If the incoming employee liked the outgoing employee's home, he or she could buy it.
The kiss strikes back

The kiss strikes back

Hearing news of Carrie Fisher's untimely death last week seemed like a good excuse to spend a winter afternoon watching The Empire Strikes Back, the middle film in the first Star Wars trilogy.
Reading from right-wing to left

Reading from right-wing to left

It's that time of year again where I list fiction and non-fiction works that I have enjoyed over the last few months and highly recommend for your digestion. Without further adieu, here they are.
Effective forest practices needed now

Effective forest practices needed now

At October's 2016 Spruce Summit, retired UNBC professor Staffan Lindgren asserted B.C. forest management must change if we want to end bug outbreaks sooner. Forestry's fundamental purpose is to secure greatest continued value from forest land.
A look ahead to Canada's 150th

A look ahead to Canada's 150th

'Tis the season to look upon the year to come. Given the bizarre character of this past year, I hope you will forgive me for wishing 2017 is a much quieter affair. It would be great if the world took a year off and rested.
The math behind STV

The math behind STV

For the past few weeks, I have been explaining different types of electoral systems. I began by looking at single-member plurality and majority systems and last week I started to look at systems of proportional representation.
Dump parties, make politics better

Dump parties, make politics better

It was with great interest that I read the article on proportional representation. I am not a political scientist. But this method could become confusing to the average voter who just wants to cast a ballot for his favorite individual.