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Dr. David Robinson

The coming dark age

The Dark Age begins in less than 10 years. Sometime before 2021, southern Ontario will begin rolling brownouts and plant closures. It will happen in the summer because Torontonians really need their air conditioners.

Global trends and the price of northern Ontario

If Northern Ontario were a company its stock would be shooting up. The stockholders would be getting rich. You shouldn’t get too excited though – you own a lot less than one 100,000th of one percent of the stock in the company.

A Tale of Two Norths

Planning for the provincial North is suddenly very popular. Ontario delivered its plan March 4. Quebec presented Plan Nord May 9. Saskatchewan is working on a northern plan. Manitoba’s is redoing its 2000 Northern Development Strategy.

You probably don’t exist

You probably think you live in Northern Ontario. According to Statistics Canada there is no Northern Ontario, just Ontario. If you are attached to your identity as a citizen of Northern Ontario, you don’t exist.

Growth Plan better than it looks

There is little enthusiasm for the so-called Northern Growth Plan. Public comments are lukewarm.

Why the North doesn’t change.

The straw that breaks the camel's back is always a surprise. It is always a surprise when the worm turns. It was a surprise when a popular insurrection began in Egypt, even though we all knew that change had to come some day.

Elect me!

I am very pleased to accept the nomination for the position of First Minister for our new regional government. As first minister I will serve the people of Northern Ontario faithfully and, I hope, long.

The social capital of the North

Where would you go to find the social capital of the North? That depends on whether you are looking for a party or looking for the resources to make the North a better place to live. “Social Capital” is the Moby Dick of the social sciences.

Socialism in action?

Look at the kids you see on the street. They are your pension plan. Maybe you will be looking at one of my kids. My wife and I have made a huge investment in them. We home-schooled them, we took them to lessons, we helped them through university.

Good for the gander, good for the goose

Are you old enough to remember Van Morrison’s “Days Like This”? The song has a wonderful line about days when “all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit.