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Please Pardon My Cliche
2022-12-02 14:34
But there is only one taxpayer, something Ontario municipalities may need to be reminded of.I say this because I am discerning a possible divide-and-conquer ploy at work by the Doug Ford gov… Read More
J'Accuse
2022-12-01 15:18
The sad state of Ontario provincial politics should be evident to anyone who reads a newspaper or watches the news. Those who do should also look in the mirror to see if the following applie… Read More
The Stench That Cannot Be Ignored
2022-11-30 15:12
H/t MoudakisA Star letter-writer observes that Doug Ford must think Ontarians are stupid. In that I hope he is wrong, At least, as seen in the report that follows this letter, his political… Read More
2022-11-29 14:38
When a democratically elected government becomes dishonest and dictatorial, any legal action to hold it to account is welcome. Ontario, groaning under the yoke of the Ford government, may fi… Read More
UPDATED: The Smell Of Urban Doom
2022-11-28 21:42
It is expected that the Ontario government will today pass Bill 23, a.k.a. The Doug Ford Gift To Developers Act. The consequences of that legislation will be far-reaching, so much so that it… Read More
The Smell Of Protest
2022-11-27 15:31
Tomorrow marks the day that the Ford Government enacts Bill 23, The Gift To Developers Act. It can also rightfully be designated The Environmental Destruction Act, since it will not only fil… Read More
2022-11-26 20:56
Unless they have spent their entire lives within the confines of a city, I doubt there are many people unacquainted with the smell of manure. This pungent organic waste, while offensive to m… Read More
A Tale Of Two Realities
2022-11-24 16:06
This is the story of two 'realities'; one is grounded in the ugly facts of a respiratory illness, RSV, in children; the other, essentially an anti-reality, revolves around shortsighted, reac… Read More
The People Speak
2022-11-22 12:41
H/t MoudakisH/t de AdderFollowing up on yesterday's post, here are some of the things people are thinking about when they consider Doug Ford and his unholy relationship with developers:Doug… Read More
2022-11-18 17:40
As I have written before, the evasion of responsibility on the part of the Ford government and its chief medical flunky, Dr. Kieran Moore, is deeply disappointing but not really unexpected… Read More
2022-11-14 14:29
In Doug Ford's Ontario, the answer is, "Plenty of people." Yesterday I attended a rally to protest the provincial government's plans to override local democracy and extend urban boundar… Read More
2022-11-12 15:07
Single women. That's right, single women. According to Jesse Watters, the only way to combat such an insidious threat is for those ladies to get married, where, presumably, they will fall in… Read More
Strange Times Indeed
2022-11-10 15:55
Having taught for 30 years, I had my fair share of classroom experiences, both good and bad, as is the norm in a long career. Fortunately, most of the students I interacted with over those y… Read More
Readers React
2022-11-08 12:59
I'm on a bit of a tight schedule today, so I cede to newspaper letter-writers their thoughts on Doug Ford's tactics and values before his province-wide blink yesterday.Premier Ford’s d… Read More
Upon Awakening
2022-11-06 20:43
It would be nice to think that the slumbering masses have awakened to a new understanding of government and its relationship to the people, but I abandoned magical thinking a long time ago… Read More
2022-11-05 14:23
Watching the American news this week in the leadup to their mid-terms, I was struck by the dichotomy between Democratic leaders and candidates and their Republican counterparts. On the one h… Read More
2022-11-04 17:08
 ... what the Ford government is either too arrogant or too stupid to get:H/t BrittlestarI imagine only those who favour government by a cadre of contemptible clowns are content right n… Read More
2022-11-04 01:19
Once more, Unlearn16 reveals something important, and her observations I could not disagree with. Yesterday, she pierced the facade perpetrated by the Ford government about the soon-to… Read More
2022-11-02 15:02
The older I get, the less satisfied I am with life. Probably because I have a lifetime of context, events bother me a lot more now than they did earlier in my life. Indeed, my bleaker moment… Read More
Just Wondering
2022-11-01 12:00
I've got a busy day ahead of me, but I do have a question: Now that Team Ford in Ontario has brought down the notwithstanding clause hammer to thousands of education workers seeking relief f… Read More
2022-10-31 17:04
 ... if you are a devotee of Fox News and its ilk.I talked to this lady who says drugs will be handed out tonight for Halloween by “illegals” because she saw it on an &ldquo&hell…Read More
2022-10-28 15:15
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, and I suggested to him that people like us (we who strive to be rational, critical thinkers) are an endangered species and becoming largely i… Read More
From The Land Of Make Believe
2022-10-23 14:09
That would be Ontario, though I suppose, in truth, it is far more widespread: a rising number of deaths from Covid (this week was the worst since last May, despite three days missing fr… Read More
Meanwhile, On The Other Side Of The Pond
2022-10-21 14:28
One can either be appalled by the clown show that is now British politics, or one can cultivate and embrace a wry sense of humour.M.G. Duggan chooses the latter:A new door has been fitted at… Read More
2022-10-19 01:07
Many think the swamp in Florida will yield up one of its fondest denizens, Gov. Ron DeSantis, as a contender for the GOP presidential nomination. The following reveals much about the heart o… Read More
Meanwhile, In The Land Of The Looney
2022-10-17 14:38
Danielle Smith cultivates her tribe.H/t de AdderHowever, those inoculated against her lunacy beg to differ.Anti-vaxxers are wilfully ignorant and uncaring about their responsibilities in soc… Read More
Perhaps This Is Part Of The Answer
2022-10-15 15:07
My wife, who is far from being the cynic of the family (that would be me), often concludes that humanity is a failed experiment. It is not an assessment with which I disagree.I often find my… Read More
2022-10-14 17:49
I wonder how many millions of people Nancy Pelosi represents here. No doubt, however, the right will denounce her for her threats of violence against their 'man'.“I hope he comes, I&rs&hell…Read More
Some Teachable Moments
2022-10-13 19:56
I originally found the following on Twitter. You will see that the first speaker is earnest and forthright in his defence of diversity, The look on some of the audience members tells it all… Read More
We Need To Talk About PP
2022-10-10 16:12
You have probably heard all about PP courting the incels, a profoundly misogynistic conglomeration of sad sacks who hate women because they can't seem to forge a relationship with them. The… Read More
Astounding Stubbornness
2022-10-06 14:18
It is difficult to watch and read about. The revelations that Hockey Canada has been paying off victims of sexual assault are ugly; that ugliness is compounded by the fact that the money use… Read More
2022-10-05 15:17
With so much going on domestically and abroad, there is no dearth of topics to write about. However, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, perhaps a timely, gentle reminder from Brittlestar of… Read More
Truth In Advertising?
2022-10-01 14:09
Wouldn't you love to see a commercial like this, just once? I know I would.Language warning: If tender ears are around, you might play this discretely.H/t Adam McKayRecommend this Post Read More
2022-09-28 17:31
Given that it is World News Day, a few reflections from the Star's former public editor, Kathy English, seem appropriate:Trustworthy journalism is news and information that is accountable, a… Read More
All That's Fit To Print
2022-09-25 16:56
  From various reports, it is obvious there are some amongst us who embrace lazy thinking. Its 'practitioners' eschew traditional media sources, blithely labelling them as "fake ne… Read More
The Flight From Knowledge
2022-09-21 15:02
There is never a moment in my post-teaching life when I have regretted retiring. The paperwork was bad enough, but in the latter part of my career, the politics were becoming very difficult… Read More
2022-09-20 11:40
I doubt that I have ever used the word piffle before in writing. Yet it seems the appropriate choice in this instance. I am extraordinarily embarrassed for those in the mainstream media… Read More
When Mass Psychosis Takes Hold
2022-09-19 14:20
It is ugly, and it is real. H/t Aaron RuparEspecially chilling are the hand gestures of the faithful             I do hope PP doesn't see this.Recomme… Read More
Weaponizing The Media
2022-09-18 14:05
Most will have heard about the unpleasant contretemps between Global's David Atkin and Pierre Poilievre when the latter announced he would not be taking any questions from the press at his '… Read More
Step Right Up
2022-09-17 15:10
Here in Ontario, things are moving at a fast pace - if you  happen to be a senior in a hospitable but have been deemed medically fit for discharge.This is thanks to the undebated passag… Read More
The Latest From Moudakis
2022-09-11 13:53
Although my medium, for better or worse, is words (sometimes too many, I know), I have long admired the brilliant succinctness of  some editorial cartoonists; while there are several wh… Read More
The Cowards Who Walk Amongst Us
2022-09-07 16:44
In my view, there are few things more vicious, contemptable and cowardly than directing threats and abuse at journalists. That viciousness and cowardice is compounded by the fact that most s… Read More
2022-09-02 20:22
 It is a question I have asked myself on an almost daily basis these past few years, and it is the question TizzyEnt asks here:UPDATE: Here is the link to an update posted by Tizzy… Read More
2022-09-01 14:52
Wasn't Socrates executed for corrupting the youth?Courting a child wearing Minnie Mouse ears sets my 'Spidey sense' tingling.H/t The Salamander HordeRecommend this Post Read More
We've Been Warned
2022-08-31 11:54
With the NDP hinting that their pact supporting the Liberals until 2025 could be under strain, a timely reminder from de Adder about the alternative:Recommend this Post Read More
2022-08-29 13:50
I was going to write about Pierre Poilievre this morning, but then Brittlestar's latest popped up; as a consequence, I now have a new, catchy personal theme song:Recommend this Post Read More
In Good Company
2022-08-27 14:09
Given the unhinged crowd Pierre Poilievre cultivates, it would seem that Patrick Corrigan has pierced the heart of the demagogue's mystery.And for those who would like a graphic reminde… Read More
Sometimes, Justice Really Does Happen
2022-08-26 11:45
The following is self-explanatory; there is no need to watch TizzyEnt's original video posting, as the one below reveals all we need to know about the crimes, and the arrest of the woman who… Read More
A Window Into Their 'Minds'
2022-08-24 17:06
If you read this blog with any regularity, you probably know that I hold the crazed right in abject contempt. Their eagerness to embrace conspiracies, their elevation of 'Queen' Romana Didul… Read More
This Is Gonna Hurt
2022-08-23 18:31
I have a friend whose daughter recently started her career in healthcare as an occupational therapist in a facility where people are awaiting placements in LTCs, and already she is feeling b… Read More
2022-08-19 14:50
One of the people I follow religiously on Twitter is Caryma Sa'd. A Toronto lawyer and satirist, her online presence is largely devoted to video she shoots of the unhinged amongst us, i… Read More
2022-08-18 14:32
To those 57%  who couldn't rouse themselves to vote in the last Ontario election, please do not make sounds of outrage over the likelihood that Doug Ford will introduce more privatizati… Read More
Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Feed The Birds
2022-08-16 14:55
For many years, there was a popular saying that everyone seemed to know: "Think globally, act locally." Basically, it was call to consider the global environmental implications in every deci… Read More
They Walk Amongst Us
2022-08-14 14:41
Most of the world is rightfully decrying the attempt on Salmon Rushdie's life. A cowardly effort to silence a voice that some find blasphemous, his near-death experience is a potent reminder… Read More
Who Benefits?
2022-08-12 15:05
Some time ago, I read an excellent book by Michael Lewis called The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. In it, the author follows a group of dedicated researchers and a public health officer who… Read More
2022-08-11 19:49
Here in Ontario, the newly re-elected Conservatives under Doug Ford are making oblique sounds about private health care as a way to help solve our hospital crises. While we do have private c… Read More
About Freedom
2022-08-08 13:58
Although I read and write a fair amount, I clearly am not an expert in the affairs of the world. I can merely observe, report and comment on the things that interest, hearten or outrage me… Read More
Ripped From The Headlines?
2022-08-05 15:41
There are days while I scroll through Twitter that I come upon a headline that seems to be ripped from a satirical source, such as The Onion or The Beaverton. Today was one such day.RON DESA… Read More
UPDATED: Live And Let Live?
2022-08-04 00:07
I generally abide by a pretty simple philosophy: don't bother other people. By that, I don't mean  we should not be involved in other people's lives in a positive way; I simply mean tha… Read More
Feline Ferocity
2022-07-30 23:58
I don't approve of this at all! I only bring it to your attention for your collective disapproval 😁Recommend this Post Read More
Warning Signs
2022-07-27 18:12
I realize there are some who see the Liberal Party of Canada as our natural governing party, and hence are perhaps too forgiving when wrongdoing is detected. While I am certainly glad that i… Read More
2022-07-26 13:59
Until he was bitten by the fame bug, Mehmet Oz apparently had a reputation as a respected cardiac surgeon. However, once he got the nod from Oprah and was given the Doctor Oz show, his ego s… Read More
Laceratingly Accurate
2022-07-25 14:12
Given Mr. Poilievre's refusal to debate his opponents, Michael de Adder's assessment of the putative front-runner in the Conservative leadership race seems spot-on. Some also think… Read More
Freedom's Just Another Word...
2022-07-23 14:00
 ... for demagoguery, at least if you are Pierre Poilievre. The leading contender for the helm of the Conservative Party of Canada is, of course, making a concerted effort at preaching… Read More
2022-07-22 17:00
... it is said that even the devil can quote scripture. In more down-to-earth terms, the Governor of Kentucky does in a much more polished form what ardent gun-rights advocates often say wit… Read More
Scenes From Newfoundland
2022-07-21 13:32
While I am not one to foist vacation photos on others, I thought I would break that rule to share a few highlights of our recent trip to Newfoundland to see our son and daughter-in-law. Our… Read More
A Bit Of A Holiday
2022-07-09 19:43
We are currently on a trip to Newfoundland, where our son and daughter-in-law moved in the fall, after living and working in Alberta for several years. It is our first trip since Covid, and… Read More
2022-07-05 22:02
I confess, making it to the 3:27 mark was a real effort, one fortified by a pre-dinner libation(s) last evening. However, eventually I steeled myself to watch the remaining minute, the entir… Read More
Freedom's Cost
2022-07-02 14:21
Americans are a strange and contradictory lot, to put it mildly. They claim (not unlike a certain candidate running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada) to love freedom, y… Read More
The Power To Shock
2022-06-29 17:02
I readily admit that most days, almost nothing fazes me, having come to the same conclusion as George Carlin that we are going away. Looking at all of the existential threats we face, i… Read More
Pick Your Friends Wisely
2022-06-28 21:51
Clearly, Pierre Poilievre is making a calculated decision here in who and what he associates himself with.H/t Theo MoudakisRecommend this Post Read More
2022-06-25 16:12
I have a friend, subversive in his own way, who joined the Conservative Party for $15. He is entitled to thus vote in the September leadership election. I'm think he bought the membership in… Read More
2022-06-24 15:20
That must be what it feels like to visit the United States these days, with the Supreme Court okaying the open-carry of guns and overturning Roe v. Wade.Recommend this Post Read More
2022-06-22 20:10
I probably spend more time on Twitter than is healthy, but given that I follow a number of people who are either political writers or activists, that time is not entirely wasted. Two that I… Read More
2022-06-21 12:34
I spend a fair bit of time in this blog discussing my aversion to the United States. Widely populated by benighted souls, it is a country I now shun and have no intention of ever again visit… Read More
Hell No, I Won't Go!
2022-06-17 16:28
In the days of my youth, the above was an anthem of resistance, shouted in defiance of the American draft sending young men to fight and to die in Vietnam. As a Canadian, I watched from the… Read More
2022-06-15 14:47
It's less than three minutes, but is filled with truth one seldom hears on Fox.Fox News is, to put it mildly, not known for indulging progressive politics – but the rightwing… Read More
The CORE Of The Problem
2022-06-14 18:16
As I continue to reflect upon the sad outcome of the recent Ontario provincial election, I find that the bulk of my disdain, my odium, my repugnance, is aimed not at the minority of voters w… Read More
Who Was That Masked Man?
2022-06-12 18:32
As of yesterday, June 11, here in Ontario our newfound 'freedom' from masks is almost total, with the exception of LTC and retirement homes. Those who wish to continue requiring them must do… Read More
I Did Not Know That
2022-06-09 16:02
While I am perhaps understandably loathe to do the work of Doug Food's Ontario government, I feel an obligation to post about something I learned this morning. In what is undoubtedly a… Read More

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