Archive for July, 2009

Intellectual pizza

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

“You’ve heard of the supercontinent, now try the super pizza!” -  Slogan from Pangaea Pizza flyer, Calgary OK, so you can see my attraction to this off-the-wall marketing idea. Not only does the name of this new pizza joint honour the unique agglomeration of continents eons ago, but it assumes the public knows what the [...]

The Coming Calamity of IFRS

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

My Open Range column from the July 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: International Financial Reporting Standards will only corrupt Canada’s financial virtue You might have noticed reports about the rude awakening experienced by some pharmaceutical companies that had outsourced blind trials to developing countries. To their shock, not every Third World subcontractor met the [...]

Becoming Jeffrey Simpson

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Any casual observer will have realized that we need more voices of moderation, more mainstream voices in the print media. It was with pleasure that I recently discovered Andrew Potter, or should I say Dr. Andrew Potter (he has a PhD in philosophy from U. of T.) who writes for both MacLean’s and the Ottawa [...]

Terrorist vigilantes or vigilante terrorists?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

“Any time you’re seeing this kind of sabotage, your first concern is the safety of the workers and the public,” she said. “Obviously, there’s somebody out there who has taken the law into their own hands and they’re running the risk of hurting themselves very badly. It’s an abhorrent situation.” – Brenda Kenny, president of [...]

Two legs bad, again

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Driving back through Kootenay National Park from the DrJ RRC (Remote Rural Compound) yesterday a black bear crossed the highway in front of our car. Daughter number two took one look at the furry creature and let out a squeal of joy: “Oh what a cute bear-y, he must be a cousin of Snuffles” (her [...]

Bordering Stupidism

Monday, July 13th, 2009

“They have a begrudging respect for one another” – Jim Lynch, author of Border Songs, interviewed on CBC Radio One While discussing his latest book, set at the B.C. – Washington state border, Mr. Lynch made this slip in describing the relationship between two characters. I have a grudging respect for some authors and generally [...]

Burned, but not inhaled

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

  We must be approaching the journalistic dog days of summer because the number of dog-bites-man stories shows no sign of diminishing. Take the one about residents of the B.C. interior opposing hydro-electric development there. (For readers who don’t know, the interior of British Columbia is a magical place, barely touched by the troubles of [...]

Safety in sports

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

“We’re always siding on the side of precaution” – Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel, on CHQR 770 Yogi Berra notwithstanding, it would be unfair to label athletes as having particular difficulty with language. Sure, they give 110% and come to play, etc., but those are just the terms of the trade as we all [...]