Quick thoughts on the minimum wage

I read an article recently in the Toronto Star that essentially claimed, “Look, Alberta’s minimum wage hike didn’t hurt them.” This will be brief, but I do have a few observations.

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I love my kids, but…¬†

Last night I noticed something between the cushions of the couch. Reaching in to retrieve it, I discovered it was not alone. It had a friend. Two friends. My word; just how many treasures had my children stuffed down there over the years?

“Honey, I think we can finally open that second hand store we always dreamed of.”

Why the wealthy should keep their money

At lot has been made about the so-called “income gap” but I’ve come to believe that it is in the best interest of society to let those who are wealthy keep their money. Yes, those of us without money – or, at least not as much as the “1%” – would be wise to let the “1%” keep the money they have instead of redistributing it.

Imagine you and three friends are stranded on a desert island…

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The great Canadian quest for mediocrity

I’ve been struck, lately, by the extent to which Canada is defined not by fantastic success on a large scale, but by our tendency to want to slip into the shadows and go largely unnoticed. If people are content to live lives of mediocrity, go right ahead, but problems arise when those who strive for mediocrity lash out at those who strive for more than mere mediocrity.

But first, a confession…

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The illusion of stability

As Denise and I were contemplating taking the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship one of the themes we kept circling back to was this idea that we were abandoning stability. I had a good job with “reliable” income, and I was going to put that behind me to pursue something that was very much uncertain.

But the more I thought about it, the more I came to believe that stability is something of an illusion.

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Podcast interview РArguing with Friends 

Last week I was interviewed for the Faith Beyond Belief podcast. We discussed my book about arguing with friends. Here’s the link:


Here’s a link to the website associated with my book;


I think the plan is to do another interview about my other book; the one about suffering. Just in case arguing with your friends isn’t enough suffering…

Evidence-based sex-ed

The Notley government is taking aim at the Catholic teachings on sexuality because (among other reasons) it is allegedly not “evidence based.” I will ignore the other reasons for now, but…

Here’s a little evidence (with links to the resources) regarding sexuality, family and health that isn’t likely to be seriously considered by the NDP but which – ironically enough – is probably more or less consistent with Catholic teachings.

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