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Doing the BORF: The new world of vacationing Torontonians meeting Americans

Published on March 30, 2014 By johnastapleton

I recently went on a vacation cruise to the western Caribbean as the itinerary included Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Grand Cayman – four places I had never visited and wanted to experience. Truth in advertising: this was a luxury cruise with a high concentration of prosperous looking white people and a preponderance of Americans. But […]

Conrad Black and the Order of Canada – Be careful what you wish for……

Published on February 1, 2014 By johnastapleton

I wrote the following short essay in October 2012 during one of the many media dustups concerning Conrad Black and his Order of Canada. Now he is out. This was the wrong thing to do. In October 2012, I thought the main problem was that other more sympathetic Order holders would get booted out.  The […]

Too big to jail and no penalty for ‘moneycide’: our economy after the Great Vaporization

Published on January 8, 2014 By johnastapleton

When governments reflate an economy after a financial crisis, a market crash and a recession, we are supposed to get higher inflation and the values of reflated currencies are supposed to go down. Interest rates are supposed to go up. This is what many economists continue to tell us. But none of this is happening […]


Published on December 5, 2013 By johnastapleton

His message was simple It gave us comfort And we understood As we welled up with pride That all of God’s children Steadfast in allegiance to truth Would make the decision In our concern for ourselves and others Safe from favouritism, self-interest, or preference in judgment That we would be free

Really fast drivers, three Senators, Toronto’s mayor and the emergence of ‘Melford’

Published on November 24, 2013 By johnastapleton

In my original blog (http://openpolicyontario.com/when-zero-tolerance-prevails-very-fast-drivers-three-senators-and-torontos-mayor/), I said that Mr. Ford could win the Toronto election next October if he did just one thing: acknowledge that he is now in a world of zero tolerance and he is being judged according to standards by which everyone else is not judged. He must say that he understands […]

Teaching what I want to teach because I like what I like…..another last word on David Gilmour

Published on September 29, 2013 By johnastapleton

At bottom, David Gilmour conflates personal interest with public policy and tries to make the case that the arena in which he practices the former should be indistinguishable from the latter. The private and public in his case become one.  (More about that later!) OK – all of us have private interests that are ultimately […]

Seventieth anniversary of Operation Husky: July 10, 1943 – July 10, 2013 – A lifetime of reflections on the Italian Campaign

Published on July 3, 2013 By johnastapleton

In 1975, after finishing the first year of a doctoral program I would fail to complete, I visited friends in Groningen, Holland, in the first week of May. I had only the vaguest idea that I had happened upon an important 30th anniversary. I had arrived in the days leading up to VE-Day (Victory in […]

Government is often more efficient than the private sector … So why do we still hate government?

Published on March 6, 2013 By johnastapleton

Anyone living in Toronto with access to a car and phone can replicate the experience that I had recently. I drove downtown and parked on the street in one of those spaces that you need to get a parking voucher for the time you expect to stay.  While I was feeding the machine, a parking […]

Funeral Blues Toronto 2011

Published on March 29, 2012 By johnastapleton

Funeral Blues Toronto 2011   Turn out all the lights, cut off support to the wading pools. Prevent the library from opening with free subway newspapers Silence the advocates and with muffled drum Bring out the Budget, let the mourners come. Let citizens circle warning the watershed Shouting the message “Our City is dead” Put […]

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