Category Society

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 […]

Past The Halfway Mark

Whos is ahead? Who cares? The Canadian federal election is in two weeks, but are people really paying attention? Or are they more concerned with the start of school and whether the pandemic will once again force a return to online learning? In case you missed it, here are some of the political lowlights of […]

Much Too Early!

Saw this display at a store earlier today. I guess the Christmas decorations will come out next week. I wonder if anyone has pointed out to the retailer that, in the midst of a summer heat wave, Halloween and Christmas aren’t what anyone is thinking of.

Who Is That Masked Man?

It feels so weird to be wearing a face mask again.  Forthe first two weeks of the month I was in Maine, and no-one on the beach was wearing a face mask. After all, the risk and likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in such an outdoor setting was very low.  Indoors masks weren’t in evidence either. […]

Who’s On First?

It is a classic comedy skit, so old it’s origins predate television. Abbott and Costello with “Who’s On First.” The television version above dates from 1953. Even though i know what is coming, I still find it funny. Which is probably why I enjoyed the updated script a friend posted to Facebook recently. I found […]

Have We Changed?

The pandemic is ending in western countries, the current upswing in COVID-19 cases notwithstanding. Which makes it time to consider what is next. I have already commented on the climate of fear I have seen in Canada. That makes me wonder if the post-COVID normal will resemble 2019 society at all. Are masks on public […]