Category Society

A Sense of Normalcy

Admittedly there were only a thousand fans, which isn’t many in a 24,000 seat stadium. But, I hadn’t been to a sporting event since January of last year. Which made Saturday’s event special. It wasn’t even a game, just a practice – but a lot more fun than watching the Olympics on television. After not […]

Questions Canadians Won’t Ask

Returning after a four-year absence, there is a sense that this is not the Canada I left. Maybe it is the pandemic, but it feels like there is something more. I’ve been asking questions, pointing out absurdities, and people are staring at me as if I am from another planet. There is a climate of […]

Speaking The Truth?

“They believed they were doing the right thing.” You probably can think of situations where that has been true for others, incidents where the passage of time has proven that it was the wrong thing. Maybe that is true of something you have done yourself. Maybe it was just a little thing. Maybe it was […]

It’s not the bad guys…

… who worry me. It is the good guys. People who are obviously evil don’t last long. Dictators like Hitler or Stalin may have a short run, but in the end they are removed from power. What I fear more are the self-righteous, those sure their cause is just, and apparently unable to understand why […]

Whose Life Is Worth More?

Last year the Canadian government boasted of its hard work to protect Canadians from COVID-19. Before any vaccine had been deve;loped, it entered into agreements with several pharmaceutical companies to purchase doses if they were successful. Deals were signed for hundreds of millions of doses to cover a population of 38 million. Details are secret, […]

Bellvue House

Sir John A. Macdonald has been in the news a lot lately, and not much of it was complimentary. Strange for someone who died in 1891. I’ve been thinking I should write about the resurgent Macdonald controversy, and I do plan to do so when work calms down a bit. Maybe this post from 2016 […]

On The Brink Of War

Let’s take a trip back in time today. To the Cold War. And two a post from five years ago.  I grew up in a society that prepared for a war that never happened. That is something we can all be thankful for. The Cold War was the longest major conflict of the 20th century, […]

Canceling Canada

It is a holiday in Canada today, though many have chosen not to observe it. Today we celebrate the 154th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Or some of us will. There are those who say there is nothing to celebrate. Last year most events were canceled due to COVID-19. This year COVID is still […]

Junk The Printer

If I hadn’t just spent money on ink, I would probably have a new printer by now. I knew I needed printer ink at Christmastime, but there seemed no point in buying some and opening the cartridge, then having the machine sit for six months. So ink was my first purchase once we were out […]

Great Minds Think Alike

Smaller minds too. Look at the numbers from earlier today when I tried to book a COVID-19 vaccination using the Province of Onatrio’s online booking system. Your number in line: 3546798Number of users in line ahead of you: 50621Expected arrival time on the website: 8:51 AM ESTYour estimated wait time is: 54 minutes Do I really believe there are three-and-a-half […]