Mike Winter

Having lived in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, the Bahamas and Germany, Mike Winter now lives in Toronto with his family.  When not writing, he sails, paddles, bikes and works as a management consultant.

Occupy protests in Canada and the birth of the "nothing burger"

Kevin O’Leary thinks the Occupy movement has nothing much to say. Mark Carney differs. How might idealism be turned to action to fix capitalism?

Can the workers’ party be environmentalist?

Leading up to the Ontario Provincial Election, Environmentalist are abandoning the NDP. Is this a blip or a trend with national implications?

In defense of taxation

No one likes taxes, but when did they become anathema to discuss in a democracy?

Reflections on the Vancouver riots and the fragility of civilization

The 2011 Hockey riots represent a breakdown of civilized behaviour. Rather than reacting smugly, we should consider that civilization is a fragile thing that we must nurture every day.

Sport and public policy

As Vancouver prepares for the Stanley Cup Final, and Winnipeg celebrates the return of NHL Hockey, sports leagues and owners continue to demand public funds to support their private businesses.

Paging Western Canada

The Canadian political equilibrium has been seriously perturbed. Where will it settle? Two Party State? A renewed Liberal Party? Western Canada may hold the key.

The Liberals' historic defeat: living in interesting times

DECISION 2011: Toronto helped Stephen Harper to a majority. The NDP is the Official Opposition. The Bloc has only two seats, and the Greens have one. Not a bad news day.

The lament of the centre

DECISION 2011: A view of the federal election from the heartland of Southern Ontario.

Beyond civic literacy

Can voters overcome their hardwired preference for short-term joy and think about what's really best for Canada in the long run?