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The Perpetual Reign of Vladimir Putin

June 29, 2020

Barring some unlikely turn of events, Vladimir Putin seems poised, courtesy of thinly veiled constitutional manipulations, to solidify his perpetual grasp on power in Russia. And, despite an element of courageous (and sometimes...

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Leading With Emotional Intelligence

June 22, 2020

On June 9, Greg Glassman stepped down as CEO and founder of CrossFit Inc. Pressured to take a position in social media about #blacklivesmatter he, in his own terms, “created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of...

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The ‘so what’ of governance

June 22, 2020

In recent weeks the IOG has become increasingly outspoken on issues of governance in Canada. What is governance and why are we so vocal about it? In a nutshell, governance is the system of rules we give ourselves to make decisions that...

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The Expulsion of Jagmeet Singh from Parliament

June 19, 2020

“Mr. Speaker, I withdraw my statement that half the Cabinet are asses. Half the Cabinet are not asses.” -Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) Few parliamentarians of his day or ours could boast the verbal gifts of Benjamin Disraeli. But even had...

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From Ideas to Policy – The Role of the Public Service

June 17, 2020

Canadian politicians are not on the whole a philosophical lot. You'll seldom hear the words of Burke or Mill or (yikes) Marx tossed around the House of Commons. There are a few aficionados of Ayn Rand but they don’t drop her name much....

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What's in a Name? Is it time to rename Dundas Street in Toronto?

June 16, 2020

On 5 June, Mayor Muriel Bowser (District of Columbia) renamed a portion of Lafayette Square Black Lives Matter Plaza. The new plaza name is emblazoned in yellow paint that can be seen from outer space. Renaming the plaza is part of a...

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