Archive for October, 2010

New and Improved (*non-ironic headline)

Friday, October 29th, 2010

To read an illustrated pdf of my round-up article on 10 Rocky Mountain region ski resorts  in the Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue of Ski Canada magazine, please click here.

Be speckled, be stupid

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

“… India’s peaceful, bespeckled freedom fighter.” – Mary Ambrose, guest host of CBC Radio One’s As it Happens Ms Ambrose was hosting a rather interesting segment on the problem India has, naming everything from dog kennels to mountain ranges. Apparently, there’s an overwhelming temptation to name everything after someone in the Gandhi/Nehru family, so the [...]

What Merkel actually said

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Much has been made of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks about multi-culturalism having failed in Germany and her call for immigrants to integrate better into German society. Sadly, many analysts have followed the predictable rhetorical slide German-xenophobe-neo-Nazi. So it was that Merkel’s remarks were frequently paired with a recent survey from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation [...]

No bragging

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

“You know I could just write adonyne lyrics that wouldn’t move anyone…” – Billy Brag, British alternative rock musician. Mr. Bragg is described as an “alternative rock musician and left-wing activist”. I guess this is to distinguish him from the alternative rockers who aren’t actually activists. For someone who’s written songs to fill more than [...]

Twain on glaciers

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

This isn’t what you think. Mark Twain didn’t write about incipient climate change in the 1870′s although, unbeknownst to him, the warming was about to start. What he did was to take an only slightly fictional journey on Switzerland’s Great Gorner glacier, described in his delightful memoir A Tramp Abroad. The great humorist tells how [...]

English off

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

“Winds peeled the roof off from a house.” – Vik Adhopia, CBC Radio’s World Report The 15-year CBC veteran had a little trouble reporting the effects of Hurricane Igor on Newfoundland. It couldn’t be the fact that he was a Poli Sci major, because he followed that with a B.A. in Journalism. So there. Anyway, [...]

Three kings of deficit-cutting

Friday, October 8th, 2010

My “Open Range” column from the October 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: U.S. governors can teach us a lesson we should already know Two things about our provincial government’s near $5-billion budget deficit are especially stomach-churning. First, the sheer avoidability. This is the Progressive Conservatives’s third long cycle of profligacy, mind-spinning numbers and deer-in-the-headlights [...]

Trudeau in his own words

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

As a post-script to the many articles written at the tenth anniversary of Pierre Trudeau’s death, it’s worth going back to contemporary sources, trying to peel the crusty layers off his image. The source is a volume of 1975-6 Empire Club speeches I turned up amongst my father’s books. At least two of that year’s [...]

The other side of the Engadine

Friday, October 1st, 2010

To view the illustrated pdf of my article in the Buyer’s Guide 2011 issue of Ski Canada magazine, on the off-piste skiing around St. Moritz, Switzerland, please click here.