Archive for October, 2009

No damnburger

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

“This is something that would wrinkle feathers” – CBC Radio One commentator This is one of those Stupidisms that conjures up a strange image in the mind’s eye – wrinkled feathers!  One sees often enough pigeons puffing, preening and, I guess, ruffling; but wrinkling is another matter. Given the subject matter, a McDonald’s opening by [...]

For the Love of Louise

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

For an illustrated pdf of my story in the Buyer’s Guide 2009 issue of Ski Canada magazine, please click here.

The red blues

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The Referendum era of the early 1980’s was a peculiar time, one that brought a number of personal experiences that I have already retold too many times. The most-repeated story recalls the contrast between the Quebec of 1981 and Alberta, my new home. During the unity crisis, the federal and provincial governments were racing to [...]

Life imitates Python

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

“Jordenne Prescott, a 31-year-old from Calgary who is waiting for male-to-female surgery, says she was told by the Alberta Human Rights Commission last week that her complaint will be heard.” – CTV website news item Readers may recall the scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, where the People’s Front of Judea (PJF) hold a [...]

Political Viagra needed?

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The strange turns of politics and political analysis may remind some of the Bizarro World, but I often see old episodes of Monty Python replayed on the ether. So it was with the recent musings about “our dysfunctional democracy”. Things must really be bad if two – yes, two – national roundtables are organized to [...]

On Approved Credit

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

My Open Range column from the October 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: The “wildly successful” Cash for Clunkers scheme just threw good money after bad There’s plenty to worry about in this year’s combined $57 billion (at last estimate) Alberta and federal deficits, but at least each Canadian government resisted the enormous pressure to [...]