Mike Winter Feed http://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/7030 en Occupy protests in Canada and the birth of the "nothing burger" http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/10/17/occupy-protests-nothing-burgers-world-unite 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?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/10/17/occupy-protests-nothing-burgers-world-unite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Commentary Bank of Canada capitalism CBC Chris Hedges Mark Carney O’Leary Occupy Toronto Occupy Wall Street Peter Mansbridge Wealth Distribution Tue, 18 Oct 2011 05:21:00 +0000 Mike Winter 9103 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Can the workers’ party be environmentalist? http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/09/03/can-workers%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2-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?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/09/03/can-workers%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2-party-be-environmentalist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Commentary environmentalism Liberal NDP Ontario Sun, 04 Sep 2011 03:56:00 +0000 Mike Winter 8521 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com In defense of taxation http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/07/17/defense-taxation No one likes taxes, but when did they become anathema to discuss in a democracy?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/07/17/defense-taxation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Politics Barack Obama debt ceiling Harnonized Sales Tax Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:19:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7996 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Reflections on the Vancouver riots and the fragility of civilization http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/06/28/reflections-vancouver-riots-and-fragility-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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/06/28/reflections-vancouver-riots-and-fragility-civilization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Commentary 2011 Hockey riots behaviour civilization G20 Summit Hockey Playoffs Vancouvery Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:11:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7804 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Sport and public policy http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/06/01/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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/06/01/sport-and-public-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Canada Sports funding ice arena Phoenix Coyotes politics sports tax Winnipeg Jets Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:16:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7498 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Paging Western Canada http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/05/09/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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/05/09/paging-western-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Canada Commentary Politics Opinion Alberta British Columbia Conrad Black election Liberal NDP Tue, 10 May 2011 07:46:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7244 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com The Liberals' historic defeat: living in interesting times http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/05/02/liberals-historic-defeat-living-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.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/05/02/liberals-historic-defeat-living-interesting-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Canucks Commentary News Politics 2011 election Bloc Quebecois Conservative majority Conservatives Elizabeth May federal election Liberal Party michael ignatieff NDP official opposition Tue, 03 May 2011 11:13:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7174 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com The lament of the centre http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/04/26/lament-centre DECISION 2011: A view of the federal election from the heartland of Southern Ontario.<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/04/26/lament-centre" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Canada Commentary Politics Conservative election Liberal NDP vote Wed, 27 Apr 2011 03:20:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7084 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Beyond civic literacy http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/04/22/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?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/GTA/2011/04/22/beyond-civic-literacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GTA Canada Politics Opinion Conservative Party debt education federal election health care Liberal Party NDP politics Taxes Toronto Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:09:00 +0000 Mike Winter 7031 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com