I grew up in a working-poor, Irish Catholic family in St. John's Newfoundland in the 1950s. This in a way says it all, and it has shaped me. But I have tried not to let it define me as a person, as I am so much more. And I have worked hard not to let my background limit me. Read more about The reality of poverty: Growing up working-poor and invisible
Last year, when I began my internship, I was a part of a number of discussions that arose within the policy team about pluralism and diversity in Canada. In response to some of my questions about pluralism, Chandra recommended Shifting Boundaries: Aboriginal Identity, Pluralist Theory, and the Politics of Self-Government by former CPJ staffer Tim Schouls as a book that offers insight into pluralism in Canada. Read more about Mariel is reading...Shifting Boundaries
This paper provides an introduction to guaranteed or basic income, highlighting the policy debates and the history of the idea in Canada. Participants in the BIEN Canada Ottawa conference should read this paper to provide context for the detailed policy discussions and conversations of the conference.
The week before last, I reviewed George Lakoff’s “Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know your values and frame the debate” but did not have enough time to explore in detail the moral frameworks that he explains in his book.
According to Lakoff, people have two basic frames of morality that they use to understand the world around them: the ‘strict father’ model and the ‘nurturant parent’ model. Read more about Models of morality: the ‘strict father’ and the ‘nurturant parent’
Once in awhile, a book comes along that significantly changes your perspective on a subject.
I recently finished reading “Don’t think of an Elephant! Know your values and frame the debate” by American linguistics professor George Lakoff, and this little gem of a book has made me understand how politics and policies are communicated in a whole new way. Read more about Mariel is reading…“Don’t Think of an Elephant!”
A couple of months ago, my brother-in-law introduced me to a new book, The Political Brain, by Drew Westen. He was enthusiastic about it, saying it would have to revolutionize the way progressives campaign. The human brain is wired in such a way that without appealing to emotion, progressives will always be fighting elections from behind. Read more about Chandra is reading... The Political Brain
Joe Gunn takes a stab at three books, all relating to the Alberta oil sands debate, in this review. Looking at Stupid to the Last Drop, Tar Sands Showdown and Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Joe traces their shared themes and how the books build on each other, making a case for examining our current response to the oil sands. Read more about "Mordor" or "emerging energy superpower"?