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Michael Atkins

I hope I’m as good at 75

I’m in Halifax. It is November 11th. The rain is pelting down from the aftermath of yet another tropical storm making its way up the coast.

Will the politics of Wall Street come north?

I think I’m part of the one per cent. You know the one per cent they are talking about on the streets of New York, London, Toronto, Rome, etc. I didn’t mean to be part of the one per cent.

A surprisingly competitive election in Ontario

I have no idea how many elections I’ve observed but it is fair to say in three score and a few years I’ve seen enough to fill a bread box. Sometimes you know exactly what is going to happen and you await the crowning with enthusiasm or despair.

Murdoch, corruption and the price of concentration

I happened to be in London, England a few weeks ago when the Murdoch scandal was just getting under way. It was quite fun to pick up a couple of newspapers each day at the Tube watching this thing play out.

Sometimes you just plain surprise yourself

If you know me, what follows would be the equivalent of me becoming a born again Christian.

The real wisdom of this political spring

As you read this, it is quite possible Stephen Harper is tucking himself into a nice big comfy loveseat in the corner at 24 Sussex Drive with an apple fritter and a double double savouring his hotly contested and hard-won majority government.

The frequent chimera of freedom and democracy

It’s impossible to watch Egypt demonstrating, Tunisia cleaning house, Saudi Arabia desperately ribing, Jordan firing cabinet ministers, Algeria shooting citizens in the streets, and Muammar Gaddafi bombing his own people without thinking about the hu

Tom Hill and a moment in time…..

My mother’s second husband, Tom Hill, died a few weeks ago. He was 90 years old.

As one year succeeds the next, let’s think

I sat down with some financial investors last week to talk about succession planning. Theirs, not mine.

On the growing impossibility of an age of reason

As I write, I am on the West Coast and the political conversation is about Gordon Campbell, the current and retiring premier of British Columbia. Mr.