November 13, 2017

Who needs assault rifles?

The most recent mass-shooting tragedy at a church in Texas has once again picked the scab off the U.S. gun-control wound. Some are touting the fact that a brave local man used his own assault-rifle type firearm to prevent the gunman from slaughtering even more innocent worshippers, while others are decrying the fact that the killer was allowed to possess such a weapon given his mental condition and previous convictions for violent offences. I certainly see the various sides of this debate – but one perspective looms much larger for me.

Who needs assault rifles?

 

October 16, 2017

Do Torontonians still love their police?

A recent Newstalk 1010 “Pulse of Toronto” survey presented the views of Torontonians on a variety of issues, including the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The TPS component indeed provided some concerning and surprising results to me.

Do Torontonians still love their police?

 

August 16, 2017

Legalizing marijuana is not that cut and dry

I’ve had my say on the marijuana legalization debate during a number of interviews and in my October 5, 2015 article: Op-Ed: Decriminalization versus legalization of pot. Although I did not agree with the old enforcement model whereby people of any age could obtain criminal records for life over possessing a few joints, I also do not support the federal government’s direction on legalization. However, I fully understand that the marijuana legalization ship is well under sail. But while discussing the related issues recently with some former police co-workers, I felt my blood pressure rise once again over what I believe are blatant matters that are being somewhat misrepresented through federal government spin.

Legalizing marijuana is not that cut and dry

 

June 8th 2017

Donald J. Trump: Leader or Boss?

I, like millions of others across North America, watched the unfolding events of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election with baited breath and loss of sleep. Why? I’m not an American. I wasn’t voting. Actually I wasn’t particularly impressed with the credibility of either of the nominees. But I am a newsy; have lived in a number of U.S./Canada border cities; have travelled the U.S. extensively for work and pleasure; and have many American friends that would be impacted by the selection of the 45th President of the United States of America. In fact the reality was and is that the vast majority of the 7.5 million inhabitants of this planet have the potential of being impacted by the decision of the American people when electing a President.

Donald J. Trump: Leader or Boss?

 

April 27th 2017

Tongue-Twister of the Day: Promotional Process Perceptions

I was chatting with a policing friend recently that was expressing his frustration and those of some of his peers about “the people they are promoting these days.” His feeling is that when a job is posted they “know immediately who is going to get it”, so there is reluctance for other qualified folks to even bother applying. He was especially concerned that to be a front-runner for promotional opportunities, one has to be “connected to one of the bosses” to have the slightest of hope and that those getting promoted aren’t good leaders but simply manage up well. He didn’t actually describe the “managing up well” process in terms that were fit for print.

Tongue-Twister of the Day: Promotional Process Perceptions

 

April 25th 2017

Will we ever get promotional processes right?

Has any company or agency in the civilized world developed a promotional process that even the majority of their personnel are satisfied with? I haven’t heard of one, ever.

Will we ever get promotional processes right?

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