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Welcome to my little soap box. This site is intended to contain my think pieces, op-eds, missives, ramblings and other posts covering my thoughts on a variety of subjects. It's an outlet for my writing, but equally I hope you enjoy what you find here. 

That said, all opinions and positions are my own and do not reflect the opinions and/or positions of my employer (the City of Toronto), Toronto City Council or the Mayor of Toronto. 

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Who leaked the Panama Papers? (and why it matters)

So why does it matter how we got our hands on the Panama Papers and who's responsible for it? And why does it matter that nobody appears to be asking about this?

We live in a world that has become simultaneously globalized and data dependent. Perhaps at no point previous in our collective history has access to data become so important, and those who control such access and such data been in positions of great power over so many. Undoubtedly the contents of the Panama Papers represent such an enormous source of power and influence for whomever could access its data.

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SITREP - 6 months and counting...

Six months and counting.

Six months to the day since I had my last back surgery. Six months since my back was opened up, again, and I regained a feeling in my right leg again beyond pain. And six months of recovery. So where do I stand?

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Why I won't shut up about guns

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Why I won't shut up about guns

Anyone who's followed my various social media feeds for the past few years knows that at some point I'm going to be posting about guns. Gun incidents, gun injuries and deaths, gun lobbying, gun trafficking, gun policies, and the leadership (or not) in addressing gun issues in society. I expect the response has ranged from a mild interest to boredom to (hopefully not too much) annoyance. But I don't care. This is one of the few issues where I'm not going to keep quiet just because a few people might be turned off by the issue. I just can't. 

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Why a Muslim man using an iPad should be our society's 'canary in the coal mine'

Those who seek to sustain fear in the public for their own purposed are creating an artificial human experience that's damaging for society, and science has suggested can be damaging for the individuals involved (due to body physiology and psychological reactions.) To be blunt, they're literally hurting society by letting fear continue for any length of time. Our leaders have an obligation to dissuade and dissipate fear so that we can make decisions for society with clear minds.

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Why Apple is Shooting Itself in the Foot with a Glamorous Gun

Toying with the retail space to make it more "chic" instinctively feels like Apple's setting out to walk a dangerous tight rope with the belief that an even more profitable customer base lies at the other end. The question remains will Apple's current traditional and casual customers follow them out on the rope, or start shaking it vigorously in frustration? 

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Why a Kenyan shepherd matters for your smartphone's reception

Yes, mobile internet allows us to keep up with the latest kitten-themed meme and rant about the latest article about injustice that we didn’t bother reading, but it’s also changing the world in ways that we can’t anticipate. Entire populations of the planet that even a decade ago would never have expected to need a smartphone now rely on them as their only access to the internet that increasingly provides the infrastructure they rely on to access their finances, services, public transit, broad communications and any number of services and supports that are emerging every day.

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Why isn't there more public discussion on killer driverless cars?

Should Driverless Cars Kill Their Own Passengers To Save A Pedestrian? At it's core, the question of whose life takes priority is a fascinating question, as it raises the question of both i) what we want driverless cars to truly be capable of (and whether we want them to exist, even if they can exist); and ii) will we hold the decisions of driverless cars to be greater/better than the decisions most human drivers would make in the same situations. 

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Why it matters to everyone if Long Dong Silver wears a condom

The latest blog post (idle hands and all that)...

Overwhelmingly, teens like sex. They like thinking about it. They like looking at it (in a variety of forms). They like reading about it. And all evidence shows that by-in-large they like having it. And genetics research has shown us that they're pretty much hardwired for it during this period of their lives. And what they see when they go looking for it online will influence how they think about sex for the rest of their lives.  

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