Archive for April, 2011

How much can Feschuk chuck?

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

If, while reading MacLean’s, you made it past the report on Chastity/Chaz Bono’s surgical modifications, you will have seen another anti-Harper tract by Scott Feschuk. His oeuvre over the past few years could be a re-cast of the Canadian art film on Glenn Gould, i.e. 32 Short Articles against Harper, or as I wrote in [...]

Wavefront coaxes more oil out of aging fields

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

My “Open Range” column from the┬áMarch 2011 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Of Necessity and Invention What would you prefer: being a young star athlete, child actor or one-hit pop-music wonder who flames out into bitter decades spent flogging real estate? Or first toiling in obscurity for what seems like multiple lifetimes before finally finding [...]

Good Friday or Earth Day?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Easter moves dates from year to year, so it’s always a little revelation opening the new calendar in January and seeing exactly when it falls. As the day approaches, you might be making plans for the family or looking at a little getaway. This year I had a glance to figure out when the long [...]

“Irregardless” and “unthawed”

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Classic stupidisms live! When MrK and I launched on our, apparently unending, quest to showcase linguistic quirks and oddities, it was words like these that served as our inspiration. ┬áThe irony is, classics like these have become so common, they may end up supplanting the real words. The first, a reflexive combination of “irrespective” and [...]


Thursday, April 14th, 2011

With hockey somewhat refreshingly pushing politics into the shadows for a while, it’s worth discussing a noteworthy hockey event from last week. Some readers will be aware that RDS, the French-language sports network, has a bull pen format sports show on after most Montreal Canadiens’ games. It’s called l’Antichambre, and features a number of high-decibel [...]

Confessions of a former news junkie

Friday, April 1st, 2011

I grew up with a kind of reverence for the news. On a car ride there’d be a loud shushing at the beginning of each radio newscast. The daily paper was held sacrosanct until the family elders had had a chance to digest it all. By university I was listening to or watching perhaps four [...]