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Public Service

Last week I went to events on subsequent evenings that got me thinking about public service. The first was on Tuesday, a farewell reception for Lakehead University’s outgoing president, and in attendance were a number of luminaries, many of whom made a difference in my life, whether they knew it or not. The second, on Wednesday, was the monthly meeting of my son’s school council, which I joined as Treasurer this fall after having attended sporadically last year.

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Let's Not Get Distracted on Road Safety

Bike and Road SafetyThis week we saw a home-grown version of the populist playbook that is plaguing politics south of the border, ignoring evidence and elevating opinion to fact. I’m talking, of course, of the push to criminalize the act of crossing the street while using or holding a cellular telephone or music player.

In cities all over the world, there’s an emerging consensus, grounded in research, about how to make it safer to get around: educate drivers and enforce distracted driving laws, set lower speed limits for cars, and have streets that are designed to move people, not just single-occupancy motor vehicles. You can also make cities safer for everyone by investing in public transit and building transportation infrastructure that promotes cycling and walking.

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