Archive for December, 2009

Montreal mafia?

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Say it ain’t so. The mafia is in Montreal. Who could believe it? Even after reports some months ago of corruption in the contracting of the city’s construction jobs, there must have been a few Pollyanna’s who still assumed the best. Well, if you’ll pardon the macabre allusion, perhaps the cold-blooded murder, on a Montreal [...]

Yuletide confusion

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

“Now the days start getting longer. This is the shortest day of the year, in terms of the number of daylight hours.” – AM radio newslady, last week. Based on a couple of recent comments in the media like this one, it may be that the egg nog was spiked a little early this year. [...]

Merry Christmas to All

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

We wish all of you, your families, friends and colleagues, a joyous and wonderful Christmas.

Governating language

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

“So I would say be very careful to the federal government before you go to bed with all of this. Let’s rethink it. There’s no rush from one second to the next. Let’s take another week or two and come up with the right package.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, interviewed in Copenhagen by ABC News The [...]

The Rocket as cultural myth

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

There is such a thing as a consensus, at least in some realms of debate. So I’m not going out on a limb in suggesting that Rocket Richard was one of the greatest hockey players of all time, perhaps the best right winger to ever play the game. Again, the “consensus” is that he was [...]

Stupidisme climatique

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

“Rather than argue on the science, climate skeptics prefer to use ad hominem attacks”. – Climatologist Andrew Weaver, interviewed by CBC Radio One news. In honour of the Copenhagen meeting, we have to feature a Stupidism inspired by it. If only one could carve out the comedy from all the climate craziness going on right [...]

Precautionary Paralysis

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

My Open Range column from the December 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Behind the fatal stalling of the Mackenzie gas pipeline lies a web of intellectual conceits and deceits The swine flu vaccination crisis brought millions of Canadian parents eyeball-to-eyeball with the spectre of losing a child virtually overnight. It clarified like few things [...]

Just call trash trash

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

There are different ways you can react to the great void that is the thousand channel universe. Broadly put, you can either be indignant, indifferent, or go along for the ride. Admittedly, I guess you could also be a booster of the expansive banality that is modern TV, but let’s put that aside for the [...]

How to spot a con artist

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

My Letter from Calgary column from the November 2009 issue of Investment Executive: Westerners could be better at conducting a reality check when “opportunity” knocks Among the descriptors people typically attach to the Prairies culture, entrepreneurialism belongs near the top of the list. Over the brief histories of the three provinces, the region — particularly [...]

Come Meestah Tahleebaahn…

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

“The Tahleebaahn was driven out of power and pushed back on its heels” – President Barack Obama, speaking at West Point Sometimes pronunciation means something. Much was made of G. Dubya Bush saying, well, Dubya. It’s a little perplexing at times, trying to understand why people make an extra effort to pronounce some things correctly, [...]