Archive for January, 2006

The Big Empty

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Click here to view a pdf of the lay-out and photos of a story of mine published in the December 2005 issue of Ski Magazine of Holland. The original English text is provided below: [Original sub-hed] Huge peaks and vast backcountry on a road-trip among Switzerland’s unknown C-list resorts The broad face fell away in an [...]

Be tru to your skool

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Mr. K. always thought the Beach Boys’ “Be True to Your School” was either the worst pop song ever written or the sharpest irony demonstrated by the singin’ surfers. Imagine our surprise, then, that some of today’s youts’ appear to take the idea seriously. Dr. J. yesterday was privileged to witness, suspended from a footbridge over Crowchild [...]

How Stephen Harper was persuaded to return to politics

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

From page A3 of the Calgary Herald, Wednesday, January 25, 2006: When at 7:54 p.m. MST Monday evening, by my slightly inaccurate watch, the Conservatives’ running tally of seats first surpassed that of the Liberals, I have to admit my eyes filled with tears. It was a moving – if fleeting – symbol of the [...]

Brother proud of Canada’s new PM

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

From page A1 of the Calgary Herald, Friday, January 27, 2006: He’s very proud of the man about to become prime minister, but being a relative of Canada’s top politician isn’t going to change his life or ruin his privacy, says one of Stephen Harper’s two brothers. “We’re all very proud of him,” Robert Harper [...]

Metrosexual manifesto

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

We congratulate Lawrence Solomon for writing two remarkable Financial Post columns in one week. The first was an amazing portrait of Stephen Harper, patriot. The second can only be described as such an ideologically hard-left summation of urban socio-sexual politics that it reads like self-parody. All part of the full-court press by the national media to redefine [...]

Plus ca change…

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Regarding the interminable speculation about the composition of a Harper cabinet, it is instructive to reflect on these words written in the 1930′s:  “Granted the appointment of all the members of the Canadian cabinet except one, Mr. Sherlock Holmes could tell Watson at once that the remaining member must, let us say, come from the [...]

Night of the Liberal un-dead

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

One of the fringe benefits of a change in government is the disappearance of some particularly grating public figures, or at least a decrease in their profile. One thinks immediately of Anne McLellan, Pierre Pettigrew, etc. But, along with unfortunate survivors like Belinda Stronach and Scott Brison, the prospective multi-participant cat fight for the Liberal leadership will restore them to [...]

A few small thoughts amid the avalanche of white noise

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Well, the hopes we vested in Stephen Harper were justified. He conducted a masterful, dignified campaign, and his victory speech was on an altogether different level than his opponents’. His minority government is smaller than we had hoped. In fact, my buddy Scott Gerecke in Fernie was closer in his seat-count prediction than either of [...]

Different Asper-ations

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

If our being wrong would help elect a Conservative government Monday, we’d have tried harder to be wrong more often. As it is, no sooner had we scorned the National Post for seemingly moving to the left of the Toronto Globe and Mail’s editorial page on the question of Stephen Harper, than the Posties stepped [...]

So can we infer you’re goofs?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

“The Liberals were forced into damage control yesterday after high-profile labour leader Buzz Hargrove labelled Stephen Harper a separatist, and urged Canadians to stop him at any cost – inferring that Quebecers should vote for the Bloc Quebecois.” – lead sentence of front page story in the Thursday, January 19 National Post Lordy, lordy. We [...]