Archive for May, 2010

Referendum, plus-30

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

One of the few benefits of getting older is gaining some perspective. Being a native Quebecker, but not a Quebecois – not pure laine – it is interesting to look back on the events of 30 years ago and think about what has changed, and what hasn’t. It’s hard to describe the pressure-cooker atmosphere that [...]

Curdled cream

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

“It’s the cream of Calgary golf that has partaked in this tournament”. – The guy with jock Wilson on CHQR’s Sportstalk Readers have maintained it’s unfair to quote Stupidisms committed by sportscasters (and quoting CBC Radio One for that matter), saying it’s just too easy. Well, fair enough. And as far as this one goes, [...]

They’ll always have Provence

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The problem with elites is that they can be so well, you know, snooty. If they weren’t so superior to the rest of us, they’d have a lot easier time of it trying to be just folks. I couldn’t help thinking of that when reading this Maclean’s article about our late great Governor General, Adrienne [...]

Syncrude’s Dead Ducks Hardly a “Terrible Tragedy”

Friday, May 7th, 2010

My Open Range column from the May 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine. Note: I didn’t write the sub-hed just below. My point in the text is that some accidents are unavoidable (although whether this one was isn’t germane to my argument). An avoidable accident for sure, but nothing more The terrified duckling raced about [...]

Under-represented grammar

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

“… where your representivity problems are the greatest”. – Maria Barrados, President, Public Service Commission of Canada For those who’ve experienced it, the bureaucracy has a language all its own; and it frequently isn’t pretty. Ms Barrados is by all appearances a highly educated person. Unfortunately, she’s been overtaken by the internal lingo of the [...]