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Learning to live in a post-fact world, where persuasion is most effective under conditions where facts don’t matter, is nothing new

I am currently working on my next opinion article for the Etobicoke Guardian / website, concerning the dismal history of land-use decision making in Long Branch. In a previous article, submitted on June 30, 2018, I spoke of the very desirable lakefront community of Long Branch. A subtext to my description of Long Branch – […]


The Russian propaganda guide to stealing your roommate’s burrito – June 7, 2018 Global Comment article

I follow Toomas Hendrik Ilves @IlvesToomas, who was the President of the Estonian Republic from 2006 to 2016, on Twitter. In a recent tweet, Toomas Hendrik Ilves referred to the following article, which I am pleased to share with you. The Russian propaganda guide to stealing your roommate’s burrito The June 7, 2918 Global Comment […]


Diversity is for white people: The big lie behind a well-intended word – Oct. 26, 2015 Salon article

An Oct. 26, 2015 Salon article is entitled: “Diversity is for white people: The big lie behind a well-intended word: ‘Diversity’ sounds polite and hopeful. It’s how we talk when we can’t talk about race, or when whites get nervous.” The opening paragraphs read: Our country is convulsing over the issues of diversity and race. Police […]


Graeme Decarie served as historical advisor and commentator for a 1993 NFB film about the Quiet Revolution in Quebec

A companion piece to the post you are now reading is entitled: Many changes have occurred in Cartierville where Malcolm Campbell High School was located from 1960s to late 1980s.  * This post concerns an early 1990s documentary about the history of Montreal. A leader in the English rights movement in those years, Graeme Decarie served as […]


Stories and frames

Stories drive outcomes Storytelling is wired into our brains. Stories are part of who we are. The frame, within which a story is presented, is a story in itself. Stories can lead to real-world consequences as the following blog post notes: When immersed in a story we let down our guard Erving Goffman has addressed, in the […]


When immersed in a story we may tend to let down our guard

A Dec. 29, 2015 New Yorker article is entitled: “How Stories Deceive.” The book refers to a book by Jerome Bruner: Actual minds, possible worlds (1986). The wider topic concerns scams and scamming. One of the protections against scamming is evidence-based practice by which I refer to an orientation that focuses on the quality (e.g., […]


Women’s roles in Special Operations during the Second World War

Some years ago I became interested in the history of police services in the Village of Long Branch. Long-time residents that I’ve interviewed have filled me in on this topic. I enjoy hearing and sharing stories about long-ago police officers who lived and worked in our local neighbourhoods – including one who had a blacksmith shop on […]