Category Archives: Reflections

The appearance of security and tourist perceptions

Ever since 2004, I have had the privilege of working with one of Canada’s top boutique market research firms, Insignia, on a wide variety of different projects, many of which have looked at tourism.   I’ve learned a LOT about how the tourism market operates globally – what drives people to travel to specific destinations, Continue Reading →

Midst Toil and Tribulation…

Amidst all of the sound and fury surrounding the Snowden leaks and general discussions of electronic monitoring conducted by the NSA, several things seem to have been forgotten.  I am speaking, in particular, about the minor little facts that each and every intelligence agency, at least in the Five Eyes, has reciprocal relationships with the Continue Reading →

Mayor Ford Has “The Goods” on Someone

The mayor of Toronto has displayed inexplicable behavior, or has he?  While his antics  have been attributed to drugs and/or alcohol, this does not explain his aggressive posture  in the face of what appears to be overwhelming odds.   Furthermore, there is the question of why he has not been arrested. On the surface, enough Continue Reading →

Canadians will be Shocked by the Snowden Allegations about NSA and CSEC Spying (but not really…)

With apologies to Captain Renault of Casablanca fame, Canadians will be shocked, (shocked!) to find out that spying is going on in here!  Most of the statements that will soon emerge from pundits, the government and the media will offer  fake surprise and outrage.  But most of the statements will be simply hollow cries for Continue Reading →

The Supreme Court and Open Justice – The Case of Mohamed Harkat

How does the Government of Canada find that Mohamed Harkat is an ‘Al Qaeda sleeper agent’ when it has been reasonably and repeatedly established by the Government of Canada that Al Qaeda never had a sleeper agent network? Earlier concerns about such networks may have been valid, but they have since been discounted. The current Continue Reading →

Security Theatre and the problem of management ignorance

This morning started with two complimentary pieces.  The first was an article in The Star entitled Ottawa Pushing ISP Code of Conduct (hat tip to Robert Beggs).  The second piece was a podcast by NPRs Planet Money on just why it takes so long, and can cost so much, to electronically transfer money (hat tip to Continue Reading →