One of our most important freedoms is our freedom to choose our actions. But our actions depend upon our thoughts and feelings. If we allow our anger, fear and guilt to be manipulated by what we see in the media we are less free. This manipulation is often through emotionally laden words that trigger strong feelings.
There is so much in the media (especially social media) that impairs our ability to think critically about important issues. I want to encourage more analysis of facts and less emotional reaction by offering my explanation of the less than obvious issues as I see them. You may agree or disagree, but hopefully you will at least think about the issues rather than merely having strong feelings about them.
I don’t share my thoughts here to change the opinions of people who think differently. I share my thoughts to show people who already think like me that they’re not alone.
I am a retired litigation lawyer with over 45 years of experience in constitutional, environmental and energy law issues. I have appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in every Canadian province. I have been invited as a guest lecturer at almost all of the law schools in Canada. I am also the author of over 100 legal articles and a law book, and have been an adjunct faculty member at four Canadian law schools.
Since retirement I have written numerous articles published in newspapers, think tank publications and law journals as well as this blog. I have also appeared in several TV and radio interviews, and testified as an expert witness before committees of the Canadian Senate and House of Commons.