A Quick Note On The Ongoing Rob Ford Circus.

Nov 14

After Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted he smoked crack cocaine and blamed it on one of his “drunken stupors”; after the release of a video showing an obviously intoxicated Ford threatening to kill someone; after testimonies to police by his staffers detailing his history of drug and alcohol abuse; after allegations of cavorting with prostitutes; after the...

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The American Media’s Preoccupation With The 2016 Presidential Race.

Nov 13

It’s been a year since the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election ended with the reelection of President Barack Obama, and the next presidential election is three years away. For the American media, however, there’s no time like the present to obsess over the 2016 race. The calendar barely turned to 2013 before some pundits began speculating over possible...

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Remembrance Day 2013.

Nov 11

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.     We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields.   Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you...

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Truck Drivin’ SOBs.

Nov 08

Many people I grew up with owned trucks, either as their primary or second vehicle. It was used as the family workhorse, usually to haul farming and fishing equipment and gear. I grew up in rural Nova Scotia, in a small village where folks either farmed for a living or simply to raise their own produce and livestock. One set of my grandparents lived in a small...

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Rob Ford Must Resign As Toronto’s Mayor.

Nov 06

Like most Canadians (and judging by the media coverage, many citizens from other countries), I followed the story of  Rob Ford’s alleged use of crack cocaine as it slowly unfolded toward its inevitable conclusion. This was like a car crash in slow motion, so gripping you couldn’t look away. Ford, big and blustery, had been caught on film several times...

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