Archive for January, 2007

Triple goose-egg on the Gumper

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

“Canadiens great Gump Worsely (sic) has passed away…” CTV website   “Hall of Fame goalie Gump Weersly (sic) died…” CBC Newsworld   The third mistake with the dearly departed Gumper’s name was, believe it or not, in Red Fisher’s Montreal Gazette obituary. Worsley was again mispelled “Worsely” – but only once. The CBC announcer above actually [...]

If he ain’t qualified, they’d better shut the lights in Ottawa

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Many readers will have noticed yesterday’s press attacks on Dr. J. His crime: Taking a pay cut and leaving his family for weeks on end in order to help out the Conservative government in Ottawa. A few posts back he mentioned this in his usual circumspect, slightly Habsburgian way. The casual reader could have been [...]

Can’t see the Forrest for the Gump

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

It’s unfortunate that the adulation given Ken Dryden, on the retiring of his No. 29 last night, overshadowed the passing of another great Montreal Canadiens goalie – Lorne “Gump” Worsley. “The Gumper” was a classic. Hall of Famer, four time Stanley Cup winner (in five years), two Vezina Trophies and rookie of the year in 1952-53. [...]

Traffic drives everyone crazy

Monday, January 29th, 2007

The Doc’s and my proposition that there’s such a thing as driving too slow, that excessive trepidation and ostentatious displays of courtesy not only slow down traffic but actually increase the risk of collisions, and that when the light turns green we all have an obligation to actually move through the light so other people [...]

Bytown, by-the-by

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

My detailed memories of Ottawa begin about 1970, when the city was very small. I remember a modest sign saying “Population 275,000.  My native Montreal was then well over 2 million so Ottawa, for the nation’s capital, seemed small indeed – though many have argued the merits of its diminution since. Although the “Capital Region” [...]

Driving each other crazy with kindness

Friday, January 26th, 2007

From the op-ed pages of the Calgary Herald, January 22, 2007: The other day one of us was sailing down Crowchild Trail N.W. when an SUV passed us as if we were standing still. Honestly, it appeared to be doing 180 km/h. But we won’t be writing a column on what jerks Calgary drivers are. [...]

On top of the world at Mica Heli Guides

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Untold billions of hoar crystals glittered across the slope like a field of diamonds. The icy north wind had died and the valley was silent. The late January sun, so welcome after two days of fog and humidity, was beginning to slide towards the southwestern horizon above the Selkirk Mountains, the light gradually mellowing from [...]

The Starbucking of Ottawa

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

It was perhaps a good omen for me to find upon my arrival that Ottawa has been invaded by Starbucks – the purveyor of fine coffee and self-declared friend to humble coffee growers everywhere. There has been the usual outrage at the company’s global expansion, seen as yet another example of U.S. economic imperialism. But, [...]

Dotage can be dangerous and damaging, Part I

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

An American business associate was in our offices the other day and, while conversing about U.S. business prospects, made an off-hand comment about the weak economy back in the late 70s under former president Jimmy Carter. He quickly caught himself and said something like, “Sorry, Jimmy Carter’s a wonderful man – he just wasn’t a [...]

City Sights

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

To read my short article about a relaxed day spent in the Alps’ loveliest city – it’s from the Winter issue of Ski Canada magazine – please click here.