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^^ what needs more thought is not necessarily the number of councillors but the number of wards. as noted, without slates or parties there isn’t much – if any – accountability outside of one’s own ward. which means that the more wards you have and the smaller they are the less their councillor can effectively represent the city at large even if that’s only a result of spending so much on ward concerns and politics there’s not enough left to pay attention to the city at large. the previous “two councillors per ward” and six wards was an attempt to minimize that. an alternative might be to elect six councillors from six wards and to elect an additional six councillors “at large” the way we elect our mayor.

the other thing we can do (and less ward politics would help) is to eliminate “the cat bylaw” syndrome by keeping all of “the little $h!t” from having to go to council over and over and over and to set administration up so not everything they look at is a full blown project that needs to go through three committees and council before it’s approved or turned down. everything that council doesn’t have to deal with leaves councillors with more time to focus on direction and the big picture instead of the minutia.
 

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Alberta still seems to suffer from an arrogance or at least a lack of understanding from the eastern portions of the country -- this article from the National Post...
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The percentage of Canadians polled outside of Alberta who say they would feel comfortable in the province. Broken down by region, that number varies from a low of 39% in Atlantic Canada to 54% in Ontario. Tyler Dawson has the details here. The natural followup poll could measure how comfortable Albertans would feel living in other parts of the country.
 

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And this from the National Post...
  • Elon Musk says Neuralink, his brain-interface technology company, aims to start implanting microchips in humans as early as next year, Lynn Chaya reports. This chip is used to link neurons in the brain to any kind of computing device, in order to record and stimulate cerebral activity. It is intended for sufferers of brain or spinal injuries.
 
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And this from the National Post...
  • Elon Musk says Neuralink, his brain-interface technology company, aims to start implanting microchips in humans as early as next year, Lynn Chaya reports. This chip is used to link neurons in the brain to any kind of computing device, in order to record and stimulate cerebral activity. It is intended for sufferers of brain or spinal injuries.
Thanks, but no thanks
 

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A steady march towards the defeat of Cancer and other tough to manage diseases...
 
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From the National Post re declining birth rate...
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: The predicted global total fertility rate for 2100, according to a study published in the Lancet journal. That represents a significant drop from the rate of 2.37 in 2017 and means that the planet's population will start declining much earlier than had previously been predicted. “The last time that global population declined was in the mid-14th century, due to the Black Plague,” said Stein Emil Vollset, the study’s lead author.
 

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From the National Post re declining birth rate...
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: The predicted global total fertility rate for 2100, according to a study published in the Lancet journal. That represents a significant drop from the rate of 2.37 in 2017 and means that the planet's population will start declining much earlier than had previously been predicted. “The last time that global population declined was in the mid-14th century, due to the Black Plague,” said Stein Emil Vollset, the study’s lead author.
good! There are way too many humans on this planet. It needs to recover from us!
 

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Keep your eye on this story from the National Post...
We'll try not to exaggerate the potential everyday impact of this story for yours truly, but is it possible that taking eyedrops could render reading glasses unnecessary? That's what the makers of Vuity are saying now that the federally approved drops have appeared on the market in the U.S. The drug, also known as pilocarpine, works by using the eye’s natural ability to constrict pupil size, which expands the depth of focus. Swikar Oli can tell you more.
 

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