Archive for September, 2007

The Salami Diversion

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

I’ve blogged here on the unsettlingly perfunctory process involved in returning to our homeland, and later commented in this published article on the dumbing down of Canada’s passport standards. Travel in the other direction is usually somewhat more arduous and time-consuming, but it’s a phenomenon receiving an avalanche of criticism and therefore amply covered. I [...]

9 For the Road

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

For an illustrated pdf version of my opening article in this publication season of Ski Canada magazine, please click here.

Separate those mixed metaphors!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

“For Gilles Duceppe, the result translates in [sic] a pincer movement that could choke his party out of existence over the next few election cycles. And that means that the odds that the Bloc will support next month’s Speech from the Throne have now become longer.” – Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star, September 19, 2007 We’ve [...]

Biting the hand

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Well, you could have seen it coming. Some, like MrK did. Others simply didn’t believe it could ever happen. What am I talking about? Why nothing less than Alberta’s government going over the edge and threatening to take the province with it. The climax occurred with the release of the government’s new report on oil [...]

Joe Canadian or Joe Btfsplk*?

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Unfortunately, I’m old enough to remember the last time the Canadian dollar was on par with the U.S. greenback. Old enough to remember all the cheesy pop culture items everyone has been talking about for the last week – ABBA and all. One thing I don’t remember is all the whining. In fact I don’t [...]

Beware of geeks bearing warnings II

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

A blog or two ago I wrote about the positioning of companies on public policy and the benign or malign consequences of same. I specifically referred to Shell Canada, because their outgoing CEO made public remarks jumping enthusiastically on the Gore and Stern Report bandwagons. In a tone similar to Eisenhower’s famous “military-industrial complex” comments, [...]

To quote Marshal Petain

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

“Thank you for your collaboration”  - sign in Costco parking lot, Ottawa   The National Capital Region is rife with “Frenglish” or “Franglais” as has already been described in these pages.  What the well-meaning sign maker was trying to do was thank shoppers for their cooperation in returning carts to the fenced-in collection points. Given [...]

A Seinfeld moment

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Life occasionally imitates art, in this case if you consider Seinfeld to be art. But that’s an argument for another day. What I’ll recount here is a street-level encounter in Canada’s Capital Region ™ that had shades of the long-running sitcom. Ottawa has more than its share of street people. That is well known. After [...]

Beware of geeks bearing warnings: Part I

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

It’s always interesting when captains of industry weigh in on questions of public policy, especially when that policy affects them. Readers may wish to peruse these recent remarks by the outgoing CEO of Shell Canada Limited as a case in point. As the Global Warming cum Climate Change furor spread in 1990’s, it was instructive [...]

Make or break for Iraq war

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

From the editorial pages of the Calgary Herald, Sunday, September 9, 2007: Sub-headline: Gen. Petraeus’ testimony to Congress this week will determine whether Bush’s strategy remains alive For three years Iraq’s Anbar province was among the world’s most dangerous places. The vast triangle of desert, its population clinging to the green ribbon of irrigated lands [...]