Entries by Hassan Arif from 09/2011

Now Is Not the Time for a NDP-Liberal Merger

| Posted 09.06.2011 | Canada

A merger would reduce our political choices, taking Canada from a multi-party system to a U.S.-style system of two monolithic parties -- something even more limiting in the Canadian context given the tradition of tight party discipline.

Saint John, NB's Urban Renewal Should Be Pedestrian and Eco-Friendly

| Posted 09.10.2011 | Canada

In large part, a city's reputation rests on its central core, with a decayed and hollowed out inner-city tarnishing a community's reputation (even if it may have clean and affluent suburbs) and a healthy city core being a source of civic pride that encourages tourism and new migrants to move to the city.

Ontario Election: Learning From McGuinty's Liberals

| Posted 09.17.2011 | Canada

Ontario's Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty seemed destined for electoral defeat, badly trailing the Tories earlier in the summer. In addition, the NDP'...

Tea Party Ideology Trumps Facts

| Posted 09.22.2011 | Canada

One cannot help but feel a bit pessimistic about American politics these days -- a contrasting feeling to the heady days of Barack Obama's election, w...