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Tabatha Southey

Stirring the pot legislation

Apr 21 2017 — Tabatha Southey — It seems there is no task in Canada as thankless as legalizing marijuana. Last week, the Liberals announced their plans to fulfill their campaign promise and do just that – by July 1, 2018, at the latest – and a chorus of complaints went round the country. People opposed to legalization of any kind, public-policy-failure […]

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Senator scores Canada a late-game medal in the Wingnut Olympics

Mar 10 2017 — Tabatha Southey — This week, breaking with perceived wisdom on the way to finalizing her bitter divorce from reality, Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak decided to present an emotional defence of Canada’s residential-school system. It’s difficult, times being what they are, for Canada to stand out in the Wingnut Olympics currently in full swing, but Senator Beyak seems determined […]

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Trump is bringing conspiracy theories into widescreen Technicolor

Sep 16 2016 — Tabatha Southey — Stories attributing confusing or angering events to clandestine, malevolent forces have been with us forever and have always been of the American tradition, political and otherwise. Some people suckle on a certainty that concrete evidence proving what they feel to be true exists, and is being withheld from them by powerful forces: We cannot be […]

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Let’s not play politics with white people’s lives

Feb 27 2016 — Tabatha Southey — By now there’s been a great deal of reaction to news of a study showing an increasing mortality rate among middle-aged white males in America. Which is odd, because that’s not what the study in question showed at all. In November, economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case published a paper, in the Proceedings of the […]

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The eight other reindeer would like to address a few rumours

Dec 25 2015 — Tabatha Southey — We, All of the Other Reindeer, would like to take a moment to talk about some of the things that you may have heard about us in classic holiday poetry, song and stop-motion animated films. Unfortunately, despite our excellent work in the challenging field of sleighviation, the rumours surrounding that one foggy Christmas Eve and […]