Ontari-ari-ari-o, that large place to stand and grow in the middle of Canada, has actually been sitting and shrinking into itself rather alarmingly in recent years. Whether as a result of booming energy development out west, deindustrialization or the inexorable arithmetic of globalization, the province is now being challenged to “remake itself” for the 21st century. Mike Moffatt, an economist at Western University who specializes in Ontario, offers a number of striking future possibilities in his challenging December essay, “Reforging Ontario”
In the dying days of World War II, Hitler had gone quite mad but was still giving deadly, scorched-earth orders. A new Canadian study, Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance After Operation Valkyrie by Randall Hansen, pinpoints the rare brave Germans who preserved what they were commanded to destroy: Paris and large swathes of Germany itself. As our reviewer Erna Paris, herself a specialist in the legacy of Naziism, writes: “The cautionary tale embedded [here] is that the few can make a différence.”
The word “copyright” usually makes eyes glaze over very quickly, but Simon Doyle makes the case, in his spirited review of Copyfight by Blayne Haggart and Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow, that we are all about to get a great deal more involved with the concept as technology creeps further and further into our lives and we respond by demanding control. If you want to keep up with the fast-moving debate between creators and users, you need to read Simon Doyle.
Excellent holiday reading, as always, in the LRC.