The rise of the post-factual democracy: A look at Brexit

Jonathan Kates Human disaster. Although the tweet was only a Photoshop edit, it is an apt description of a post-Brexit David Cameron. The morning following a lifeless “Remain” campaign that resulted in a narrow 52-48 per cent victory for the Leave campaign, Cameron resigned as the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister. This instigated a tumultuous period…

Food waste is (slowly) getting a facelift

Jonathan Kates In the age of selfies and Instagram fame, it should not exactly be surprising that our reverence of appearance has trickled down to food presentation, despite the fact that this has no bearing on the food’s appearance at the other end of its life-cycle. A quick perusal of any of your social networks…

Fight and Flight: The case for a federal investment in Bombardier

Jonathan Kates On October 29th, 2015, exactly 10 days after Justin Trudeau had been elected Prime Minister of Canada with a majority mandate, his provincial cousins in Quebec put him in a bind when they agreed to a CAD$1.3 billion/49.5 per cent equity stake bailout investment in Bombardier’s C Series jets. Now the Quebec government…

The Next Wave of Health Care that No One is Talking About

Jonathan Kates In a classic Simpsons episode, Bart is having trouble in school and starts acting out – what else is new – but his teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, realizes the cause of his behaviour isn’t psychological, but physical: Bart can’t see the chalkboard. The next day he arrives to class wearing thick-inched glasses and voilà!…

A Continuing Lack of Accountability Should Worry the Ontario Liberals

Jonathan Kates It has recently come to light that the Ontario Liberal government, with Education Minister Liz Sandals at the helm, has betrayed the public’s trust by a) secretly distributing $2.5 million to three teachers’ unions during tense negotiations in the Summer of 2015 and b) not asking for the expense receipts. To truly understand…