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Author's "previously unthinkable" ideas surface in the UK's Independent


The U.K.-based Independent has served up a slick, professional rewrite of the BBC piece on my "previously unthinkable" ideas, drawing also on my column in the Globe and Mail. Gotta love it! But does anybody know how to monetize this kind of thing? Newfoundlanders, especially, will enjoy the newspaper's situating of the city of St. John's. For the "previously unthinkable" trigger warning, see the next post down.

Scotland could leave the UK and join Canada instead, says author . . .

'Even as a typical Canadian province, it would have more powers than it does now,' says Ken McGooganics
Scotland should join Canada if it decides to leave the UK after Brexit, an author has suggested. 
Ken McGoogan said the idea made sense as in the modern era technological advancements made geographical boundaries “irrelevant”. 
If Scotland was to become a province of Canada it would be the third largest and make up 12.6 per cent of the population, compared with the eight per cent it represents in the UK, the Canadian author wrote in a comment piece for The Globe and Mail newspaper. 
He added that the country would have much more autonomy under the Canadian provincial system.
“No, Scotland would not become fully independent," he wrote. "But even as a typical Canadian province, it would have more powers than it does now."
He added: “Provincial legislatures have jurisdiction over their internal constitutions and direct taxation for provincial purposes, including for municipalities, school boards, hospitals, property and civil rights, administration of civil and criminal justice, and the list goes on".
Under the terms of the Canadian Constitution, Scotland would be able to keep its oil revenues from the North Sea because provinces control their own natural resources, he said. 
If they included the 4.7 million Canadians who claim Scottish descent they could make up a “power block” of nearly 25 per cent of the country’s population, he added. 
He also pointed out that Edinburgh is closer to St John’s, a city on an island off Canada’s eastern coast, than it is to Athens in Greece
To read the rest, away you go here. . . .


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Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.

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