Articles by David McKernan
July 21, 2020
Government support for disadvantaged groups is morally worthy but has no business trumping best value as the basis for purchasing public goods and services, David McKernan argues.
Despite its many flaws, the competitive process upheld by Public Services Procurement Canada has always sought to determine fair and objective measures of evaluation upon which a company can or cannot do business with the government The designers of the Shared Services RFP must have a moral compulsion to do good in our world, given that they have overstepped prior procurement precedent to support those in our society that, in their estimation, do not get a fair shake at work
December 4, 2019
In response to Peter Stockland's defense of Don Cherry's firing, David McKernan wonders if the decision overstepped Canada’s values of inclusivity and politeness.
What will be said of our culture when we are looking back at times like this in Canada? Do we really think we are united against those who undermine the inclusivity of all Canadians, and that this is best exemplified by our treatment of Don Cherry? Or is our situation one in which the digital medium...
April 27, 2018
Convivium contributor David McKernan finds fired FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty scores low on articulating enduring truth.
If we are to learn from his words of wisdom, and become ethical leaders ourselves; if we are to respect our call to a higher loyalty despite whatever values may inform that loyalty, we should be open to the truth of what Comey has to say Superficially, it suggests Comey has something to say about lo...
October 9, 2017
Convivum contributor David McKernan wonders whether the traditional understanding of university education is being sacrificed to the false god Google.
Do we want students with more technology in learning or less? If brains have evolved over thousands of years to reason in a particular way, and Google doesn’t fit well with brain biology, then Google, as the source of mega information, is the opposite of what students require today The effects of th...