Monthly Archives: January 2013

….then legal

One late spring afternoon, back in my last year of high school, Howie Hirons and I were riding our bikes eastbound on ‘the 401′, playing hookie and enjoying a glorious day to be astride a motorcycle. Suddenly, Howie motioned for … Continue reading

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Getting saddled up….

As a kid of 18 in high school, I had that same acquisitive vehicle lust that every young guy has at that age. I was a regular browser at the iconic ‘McBride Cycle’ in Toronto’s West End, not too far … Continue reading

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Political Commandments – Vol. 1

Politicians are a kind of unavoidable necessity in a society that ostensibly governs itself. They operate in a morally-ambiguous universe – some might put it a touch more strongly – that has a bunch of ‘special’ rules about how one … Continue reading

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Who do you love?

Once or twice every new TV season, I watch the “cattle call” sessions of American Idol. I have only one thing in mind: To see what I call “The Setup”. This gambit is simple, clearly manufactured, and seems a fixture … Continue reading

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“Let’s just be friends”

I was recently on the receiving end of that suggestion from a lady I was interested in dating. I was disappointed, of course, but had to accept her decision not to engage on that basis. Now, I think it’s more-or-less understood this … Continue reading

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Remote Relationships

The bizarre saga of Manti Te’o continues to be unpacked minute detail after minute detail, seemingly forever. The trend of thinking seems to be tilting in favour of an interpretation that Te’o was the victim of a cruel hoax, rather than … Continue reading

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Policing Inaction

Idle No More protesters have started their announced blockades of transportation thoroughfares. The OPP are ‘on top of things’, as the following quotes make crystal clear: “We are trying to open lines of communication at this point with the people … Continue reading

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Spare the rod; spoil the teacher

If there’s one thing patently obvious, at least to me, it’s that the Ontario government, mostly the premier himself, sowed and actively nurtured the seeds of the current tussle with the province’s whiniest ‘professionals’ – the teachers. Since 2003, McGuinty’s … Continue reading

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Fake Martyrs

Sometimes, caricatures draw themselves. It’s hard to imagine a better caricature of martyrdom in action than Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. Her ongoing charade on behalf of, well, exactly what, is not entirely clear. (I guess she’d make that abundantly clear only … Continue reading

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