Archive for December, 2008

Local CBC brain-trust

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

“I guess all you have to do is produce a video and you end up in the Senate…” – Jeff Collins, CBC Radio One’s Homestretch, Calgary Although the national political punditry often leaves much to be desired, the “B” and “C”-teams out in “the regions” (as they’re so quaintly called in Ottawa) have their own [...]

Merry Christmas to all

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

From Dr. J. and his family, and from Laurie and me, a very Merry Christmas to all our readers. I was attempting to post our usual Christmas image to go with this modest post, but something isn’t quite working in our new blogging software. So, words and sentiments will have to suffice. Best wishes for some wonderful [...]

White Christmas

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

We were originally going to call this entry “Dog bites man” because despite their obvious banality there’s an unceasing avalanche of weather-related stories this time of year. If it’s not a cold snap in the Yukon, it’s global warming melting the entire Arctic. But if we have a patch of rough local weather – especially [...]

Denormalizing separatism

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

From the editorial pages of the Calgary Herald, December 17, 2008: The past weeks have revealed many things, including the tendency among much of Canada’s political class to treat Quebec separatism as basically normal. The trend even includes a son of the man who spent his national political career fighting the separatists. Numerous pundits have [...]

Danger danger everywhere

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

My friend and writing colleague MrK has had a longstanding obsession with the risk-obsessiveness of modern society. Something about wearing helmets while skiing I think. In his concern about civilizational decline as exemplified by increasingly neurotic efforts to drive all risk out of daily life, he himself heroically assumes mortal risks of death through high [...]

Emperor Iggy

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

“Recent developments in the Liberal party leadership race suggest Michael Ignatieff will be coronated” – Dan Matheson, announcer, CTV Newsnet This is in keeping with the media’s current all-Ignatieff-all-the-time fixation. A good friend of mine used “coronated” the other day in the same context, while another radio host talked about low oil prices making things “more [...]

More Ignatieff, more of the time

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Given all the excitement last week about the Liberals’ newly anointed leader, I thought I’d quickly provide a few “bonus features” for your perusal. Some of the commentary is surprising, despite the extant mountain of commentary on Michael Ignatieff. One Globe and Mail story quoted Mr. I. as saying that he wants to “reach out [...]

Establishment man

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

If past behaviour is any indication, over the coming months Canada’s journalists will be struggling to find new laudatory adjectives for Michael Ignatieff. This will be particularly challenging for the Globe and Mail, as they have already almost exhausted all known avenues of praise. Some readers will recall that the Globe had a seven (yes, [...]

Even better than a “Paralyzer”

Monday, December 8th, 2008

“He seemed fine, but then he collapsed and had an epileptic caesar” – unnamed Christmas partygoer, well into his/her cups (we hope) Shoulda’ gotten a degree in mixology, I guess. I’ve heard of Zombies and Paralyzers, but never the Epilpetic Caesar. Sounds like a cool cocktail. I’ll have to try one next time I’m tempted to order my [...]

The ATB Advantage

Monday, December 8th, 2008

As the world’s banks rush into the arms of governments, ATB Financial appears fortunate that it never left Governments worldwide are moving towards nationalizing their banks. Isn’t it cool to know that here in free-wheeling, laissez-faire Alberta, we’ve had bank socialism for 70 years? I’m talking about the Alberta Treasury Branches (younger folk will know [...]