Category Society

Is It Jealousy?

There has been a fuss this week over the Pandora Papers, as there was over the Panama Papers a few years back. Now we know where the rich and famous are doing their banking. I’m not sure I understand why this is news. That people of means use banking havens to avoid paying taxes is […]

Where Is The Uproar?

I gave it a week to simmer, to allow my outrage to die down. It hasn’t. What concerns me though is that no-one I have spoken with recently has mentioned to me that we have been part of a military experiment. Do Canadians not care? I have been asked dozens of times since returning to […]

Standing Strong

Time for a flashback, from the days when travel was fun, this time a post from October 2014. It dominates the town of Bayeux still, as it has for almost 1,000 years. It has survived wars and conflicts and remains a testament to the Christian faith of the Norman people who started building it long before […]

Not Your Average Movie

How do you squeeze 60 years of musical history into a documentary that lasts less than two hours? You can’t, but those behind The Jesus Music, which hits theatres today, have made a valiant attempt. It is difficult for me to objectively assess this film. The subject matter is something I know a little about […]

A Day of Remembrance

Today for the first time Canada is recognizing a national day of truth and reconciliation. The intent is to remember those children who lost their lives in Canada’s residential school system, as well as the survivors and their families. Residential schools flourished for more than a century, with tens of thousands of indigenous children being […]

Waste? What Waste?

Ottawa taxpayers are wresting with the big questions this week. Which was the bigger waste of money?Monday’s federal election cost more than $600 million to stage, and has left us with pretty much the same government we had before.  That price does seem like a bargain though compared to the city’s light rail line. Built […]

Following The Polls

Are you influenced by public opinion polls? Are you sure? During election campaigns there seems to be a new poll published daily. In Canada’s federal election this week the numbers don’t seem to mean that much as the leading parties are so close. Still, the polls keep coming. And we all check the numbers. People […]

The Home Stretch

Just a week until election day, and there is still no predictable winner in Canada’s federal election. Or is there? The Liberals regained their lead in the polls during the past few days, but the Conservatives are so close that the numbers are meaningless – all within the pollsters’ margin of error. Given the way […]

I’m A Winner

I’d been working for a few hours, so the timing was good – I needed a break. The phone scam was new to me, so I played along. The caller told me I had won $85,000 from some online gaming board. I should have been taking notes – much of what was said I didn’t […]

Today’s Random Thought

Today is Labor Day, the unofficial start to fall and the kickoff of the school year in many places.  There isn’t as much celebrating today as we are used to seeing. People are dealing with too many uncertainties to be in a celebratory mood. Especially about the return to school.In many places children are returning […]