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The aftermath of scrapping the long-form census

Of all the damage the Stephen Harper Conservative government has done to Canada during its disastrous reign, perhaps its most bizarre and capricious act was the scrapping of the long-form census in 2010. The 2011 census was instead paired with an optional survey, and response rates plummeted to the point where the data is useless […]

My ideal for a reformed electoral system

I’ve written about electoral reform in Canada a couple times. It’s certainly a topic that interests me. Thing is, the only thing I’ve done in my previous posts on the topic is point out the problems. I never really detailed a particular solution. I’d like to change that.

On Canadian Atheist: Chevalier de la Barre Day

Most Canadians will be celebrating Canada on June 1st, but I will not. I will be raising a toast to the Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year-old Frenchman who was legally tortured, beheaded, and burned in 1766, for failing to take his hat off for a religious procession. Remembering this 250 year-old tragedy becomes […]

The CBC’s shitty year

2015 hasn’t been a good year for our national broadcaster. High-profile scandals among some of its biggest celebrities, and mounting frustration over its unbalanced journalistic practices have soured the once stellar reputation of the CBC.

On Canadian Atheist: How do Canadians feel about removing prayer from government meetings, and God from the anthem?

The Supreme Court ruling in Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay changed the entire landscape of secularism in Canada. But how do Canadians feel about it? The Angus Reid Institute did a forum survey asking that question, along with other related questions about the separation of church and state in Canada. For more details, check out […]

Scott Vrooman for Senate

Following Canadian news can be a challenge and a half. Mainstream sources are easy to find, but about as reliable as a gauze condom. Alternative sources are a chore. Sometimes it takes a comedian to make sense of Canadian politics.

On Canadian Atheist: What do Canadians think about publishing images of Muhammad?

Shortly after the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, the Angus Reid Institute conducted a survey to see how Canadians felt about the balance between freedom of expression and religious sensitivity. The results were uplifting. Canada is often stereotyped as a country full of people who don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. It’s refreshing […]

The stories we don’t hear: Michael Harris’s talk

I consider myself fairly non-partisan, politically. I’d vote for any party with a platform that was rational. There is no such thing in Canadian politics, of course, so I am forced to vote for the party with the least irrational platform, but I hold no strong attachment or animosity to any particular political party. All […]

Voting for pizza: electoral reform illustrated

So electoral reform is on my mind again – no, not for that reason, but because the next federal election is coming up. Last year I wrote a post for Canadian Atheist about electoral reform, and I was shocked and horrified to discover how little most Canadians know about the issue. My goal this year […]

On Canadian Atheist: Angus Reid survey on religious identity, beliefs, and attitudes in Canada

The Angus Reid Institute conducted a fairly comprehensive survey, commissioned by Reginald Bibby, of religious identification, beliefs, and attitudes in Canada. Much of the results won’t be surprising to anyone who reads atheist blogs, but the survey did suggest that while nonbelievers are not considered to be representative of mainstream Canada, mainstream Canada’s attitudes and […]