Monthly Archives: May 2010

Give it a break

I’m a lawyer. I do a lot of my work on behalf of a decidedly unprivileged segment of society. So this comment is a tad out of character for me, at least as far as the sort of entity on … Continue reading

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The (formerly) Teflon P.M.

He’s already responded with “satisfaction” that Justice Oliphant’s finding (supposedly) “confirms that no agreement was reached with Mr. Schreiber” while he was Prime Minister. Now, there’s a guy who knows a thing or two about how to handle bad news … Continue reading

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Facebook analytics

There are problems afoot on Facebook. Almost daily, there’s another group being formed to protest (in that typical slack way that Facebook itself has engendered) something or other about their policies. The latest initiative is a group of users preparing … Continue reading

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Food Addiction

I’m a food addict (in recovery). I learned about some of the mechanisms of addiction relating to food about three years ago when I starting casting about to find alternatives for a persistent hypertension problem. I became frustrated with a … Continue reading

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Collection Encounters

To my chagrin, I’m having an ongoing encounter with a collection company. No, I’m not a deadbeat, but I admit it was (partly) my fault. Last fall, one of those door-to-door solicitors caught me in a weak moment. He was … Continue reading

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$834 Million

Staggering. That’s the estimated cost for security at the G8/G20 chin-wags upcoming. Plus, this¬†estimate is already up from a previous estimate of less than $200 M. If you want to speculate about how high it might go, use the cost … Continue reading

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Antidote to the Blues

Everyone “loves” the blues. At least that’s what everyone I’ve ever talked to about it says. But I’m starting to think there’s more (or less) to this unanimity than meets the eye. To be up front on my own biases, … Continue reading

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Before and After

I once had quite an extraordinary neighbour. She lived alone and was just a month short of her 100th birthday when she died in her sleep one winter night. For the five or six years we lived next door to … Continue reading

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Finally, Eye to Eye

It’s very rare that the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition agree on anything, other than (maybe) what day it is. What a refreshing departure, then, their recent rapport on the issue of disclosure of parliamentary spending. Mr. … Continue reading

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“Scrumptious”

A forbidden adjective? I was leaving the court building a couple of days ago and ran into a woman I vaguely know who was waiting for an elevator. She was dressed in a vibrantly-colored outfit and somehow just looked extremely … Continue reading

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