Archive for December, 2011

Which holiday is that?

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

“Holiday ornaments in store now” – Sign on 10,000 Villages shop, Calgary Everyone will by now have their favourite, or least favourite as the case may be, example of stores trying to sneak their way out of saying or using the word “Christmas”. Many readers will by now have had enough of the disputes over [...]

Red Tory nostalgia

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Some readers may recall one of the strangest political occurrences of 2011. It came during Prime Minister Harper’s first press conference after the May election, less than 12 hours after realizing a stunning majority victory. One of the journalists – and I hope to find out who – started kind of mumbling a very round-about [...]

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

How refreshing to see two Young Liberals butting heads in public. And to get the interim party leader to slip an expletive into a Tweet; how nice. The story involves Zach Paikin, the fresh-faced candidate running to be the federal Liberal’s policy chief. The 20-year-old Paikin has apparently been outed as a “rightest” by another [...]

Sun Rises on Schedule

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

“That’s roughly 1½ hours before the sun is scheduled to rise and the moon is scheduled to set in Vancouver.” – CBC on-line news article the day before the December 10 lunar eclipse Talk about meeting your commitments – the sun rose and the eclipse occurred as scheduled! We should be so lucky as to [...]

To bury Ignatieff, not praise him

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

The fact that Peter C. Newman began his latest book under the assumption that the Liberals would win the last election is enlightening to say the least. In fact, to begin with, he apparently thought his book would chronicle the “‘coronation’ of Ignatieff by Canadian voters. Fascinating. My impression of the gentleman, who was long [...]