Category Society

This Time Last Year…

In 2022 at this time the trucks were on their way across Canada to Ottawa. Over the next little while I’m going to repost some of my thoughts on the Freedom Convoy. It is going to be very interesting to see what happens when the Rouleau Commission inquiry report is released next month. Was the […]

Back To Work

With the COVID-19 pandemic easing, federal civil servants working at home have been tod they must return to working in the office, at least a couple of days a week. Some are not enthused at the thought. I’m not convinced working at home is as productive for many people. Witness the problems the civil service […]

A Take of Two Stores

They may be the world’s biggest retailer, but Walmart doesn’t appear to know much about Canada. Or at least about Canadian weather. My snow shovel broke. Not surprising after 20 Canadian winters.  It is still usable, just a chunk missing from the blade, which broke off when I hit ice. Still, with at least two […]

Shut Him Down?

Celebrity psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming to Ottawa on a lecture tour and a coalition of community groups want to see him banned from the city instead. They don’t like his message. Peterson rose to prominence in 2016 when he made headlines over his refusal to blow with the prevailing winds and use preferred pronouns […]

The Booze Bandwagon

Turns out drinking alcohol is bad for you. Who would have suspected that? Maybe everyone. On Tuesday the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction released new guidelines an alcohol consumption and the potential health risks of drinking are more than previously thought. Any more than one or two drinks a week significantly increases your […]

Thoughts At 2 a.m.

No, I wasn’t awake at 2. It’s a song title. Written by Julie Miller and recorded with her husband Buddy a few years back. I had the album, Breakdown on 20th Avenue South, playing in the background Tuesday morning as I was working. I chose it as ambient music, something soft that wouldn’t distract me […]

Unintended

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we do some things. This was brought home to me when I looked out my front door Saturday morning to check snowfall accumulation and saw a pizza box sitting on my front porch. Obviously the delivery person had knocked on the door, then placed the pizza, and a bag […]

Back On Track?

Did you know Ottawa gets snow in the winter? And sometimes freezing rain? Of course you did. Do you know who apparently didn’t know that? The people who run our transit system. That has to be the explanation. The people in charge cannot possibly live here. Nor can they be aware of the weather we […]

Government Lies

At some point this year I expect we will be discussing the nature of government messaging and its effect on our society and on us as individuals. Perhaps to foreshadow that, here’s a post from January 2015. In our post-modern world Truth seems to have become a relative where it once was an absolute. Perhaps […]

Pandemic Aftermath

I did have a different post planned for today, but thought perhaps some humor might be appropriate for a Monday morning. Then I saw this online. 2020 seems so long ago. That panic buying and hoarding said a lot about our priorities, about us as a society, and about the fragility of the supply chain. […]