Archive for January, 2009

Globe newsflash: some question Obama…

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Stop the presses! After intensive investigation, Globe and Mail reporter Michael Valpy has uncovered a startling fact: some people are skeptical of Barack Obama. This must come as a grim surprise to bewildered Globe readers. The headline of the story included the eye-popping words that “not everyone thinks he’s so great” and that, for some, [...]

Vachon cakes – bad for kids?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

This headline will be a shock to many of you for whom, like me, Vachon cakes were a large part of one’s childhood diet. OK, we actually just wanted the cakes to be a large part of our diet. As it was, living in close proximity to grandparents provided me with at least one such [...]

If you can decipher this one, let us know

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Government expenditure may be necessary to kick-start the economy, however, we are yet to see conditions for the delivery of services. − Marcel Latouche, president and CEO of the Institute for Public Sector Accountability, in the National Post, January 26, 2009 I can’t even jeer lustily, because I simply don’t know what the poor man [...]

The Spirit of Apex

Monday, January 26th, 2009

To read an illustrated pdf of my visit to Apex resort near Penticton, B.C., with Mrs. K., published in the December 2008 issue of Ski Canada, please  click on 08_apex.

How Blue Ignatieff?

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

  If all the Liberals in Canada were lined up, shoulder to shoulder, the line would probably stretch from around the Starbucks on the south end of Elgin St. to the takeout window of La Patate Doré in Hull – and if any food were bought, you can bet the taxpayers would foot the bill. [...]

Ignatieff: our kinda folks?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Some commentators have made much of the similarities in personality between Prime Minister Harper and the new Liberal leader, going so far as to suggest the next election will be a battle of the eggheads. While aspects of this are true, there are some significant differences between the men, which may assume importance in the [...]

Canadian myths too

Monday, January 19th, 2009

In our last post we discussed the pernicious effect of socio-political myths on Canadian unity, particularly how they aid the cause of Separatism. Unfortunately, the examples we discussed are not alone. Here are a few more. A year ago there were successive front-page stories in the Journal de Montreal stating that “despite 30 years of [...]

Sloppiest caption as measured by cumulative metric odour over the course of 12 decibels

Monday, January 19th, 2009

“The Port of Vancouver is the largest port in Canada and on the West Coast of North America by metric tons of total cargo. But even its volumes are shrinking.” – photo caption, Financial Post, Friday, January 16, 2009 This has to be among the sloppiest captions – ounce for kilometer – ever driven. Beginning [...]

More Canadian myths

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

In his book A Canadian Myth, William Johnson describes how mythologies– notably those invented by Quebec nationalists – have contributed to ongoing linguistic and political strife in Canada. His discussion of Canada as a compact of “two founding peoples” is particularly pointed. Interestingly, a simple Google of “two founding peoples” comes up with a University [...]

Hail the humble resource play

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

My Open Range column from the January 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: How a sunset strategy ended up reviving North America’s natural gas industry I remember when the newly minted EnCana Corporation began bleeding geologists. Then-CEO Gwyn Morgan explained this odd phenomenon with a fairly convincing, more-in-sorrow-than-anger delivery, but his second-in-command, Randy Eresman, appeared [...]