Archive for February, 2007

Looking over a four-leaf cloverleaf

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

You’d think that with the vast landmass the city of Calgary covers, that great urban and suburban sprawl we always hear about, there would be large, sweeping intersections with finely graded ramps moving you in any direction you want to go. Well, no. Go looking for a proper cloverleaf in Calgary, with proper ramps allowing [...]

Gunter guns for Suzuki

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Today’s column by Lorne Gunter in the National Post (click here to view – amazingly it doesn’t seem to be blocked)  is a hilariously apt send-up of the hypocrisy of many post-modern environmentalists of the self-proclaimed, political activist variety. The whole piece is good, but Gunter’s discovery that enviro-crusader David Suzuki cruises around in a [...]

Spend thousands, save pennies

Monday, February 26th, 2007

From the op-ed pages of the Calgary Herald, February 19, 2007: You may have noticed that, on top of the green spending orgy announced last week, Canada’s “new” government is restarting an old Liberal program – after cashiering it – that subsidizes retrofitting houses to make them more “energy-efficient”. It seems part of the Conservatives’ [...]

Language Air-o-batics

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

“Whoa, dude, that was some harsh turbliance.” – Overheard on recent Air Canada flight from Calgary to Vancouver. One supposes it was only a matter of time until we witnessed some sort of migration of the common mispronunciation of “ambulance”. In this case, the dude in question can be excused his jitters. We’d just come through a good five [...]

Lord Bain’s Fouls II

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Continuing on from earlier this week with George Bain’s collection of startling headlines: “In Canada in 1988, 57.4% of women murdered were murdered by someone with whom they shared a domestic relationship. Surveys indicate that 10% of therapists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts have sex with their patients. The number of sexual assaults reported in Canada increased [...]

The long road

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

“Yeah, it was on that corner that [Billy’s] truck went down the slope and killed him. And over there a car rolled down and only one person walked away.” The Nuxalk elder was narrating as the yellow school bus wound its way down the tortuous curves of the sodden gravel road from the airstrip at [...]

Vegan Brownie Update

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Coffee junkies may be interested to know that Starbuck’s has added to the description of its questionable baked goods here in Ottawa.  The aforementioned new-age pastry is now advertized as having “1 g of fat” – and all that for $1.89. As far as I’m concerned, for $1.89, I expect more fat.

Lord Bain’s fouls

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Odd how Conservative governments seem to attract tuna. This week’s story of health concerns around tuna consumption reminds those of a certain age about that most improbable of all government scandals, the tainted tuna scandal. Thanks to opposition grandstanding and the Mulroney government blinking in the line of fire, the great Ottawa machine seemed paralyzed [...]

There’s something about traffic…

Monday, February 19th, 2007

…that never fails to animate our readers. This column and this entry both triggered vociferous e-mails, and Dr. J.’s latest post (scroll down two items or click here to view) moved Rick B. to write from London, Ontario: One of the most striking [impressions] was that ‘Calgarians love their traffic laws.’ Coming [down] the Deerfoot Trail from the airport [...]

Liberals Go to the Left

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

When I started guest blogging at DrJandMrK, George introduced me as a long-time Conservative activist. That is true although I’ve been in and out of the formal circles over the years. I’ve had some winter years like the times I was too far right for Joe Clark and too far left for Preston Manning. Like [...]