PhD, Jeffrey Simpson, and other things I learned from the Donner Dinner

Last night my wife and I attended the annual Donner Prize Dinner for the best book pubilshed that year on Canadian public policy.  My co-authored book with Tom Flanagan and Andre Le Dressay was shortlisted many years ago and ever since, we've been invited to the dinner.

It's actually a pretty fun event. Great appetizers.  Excellent dinners.  An an open bar.  Usually interesting dinner mates (this time we were seated with Carolyn Tuohy, Chad Gadfield, and my most excellent colleague, Andy Sancton).  Talk about an academics' dream (we dream small)!

It’s time to put the ‘Senate Scandal’ behind us

A few questions. Would it not be the appropriate, and decent, thing for the Right Honourable Member for Calgary Heritage – that would be Stephen Harper – to offer an apology to the Honourable Senator  from Cavendish, P.E.I.? That would be Mike Duffy. Let’s make it a profuse apology.

Seniority is a lousy way to hire teachers

As we move into teacher hiring season, it’s time for Ontario policymakers to take a hard look at Regulation 274, which makes seniority the ruling principle in hiring.

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re a recent university graduate and you get a job as a bank teller in Toronto. Over the next 10 years, you work hard at the bank and earn local, provincial and even national recognition for your work. Customers love you, co-workers look up to you, and supervisors praise your contributions to the branch.