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Frack the Peel and pass the tofu
On the advice of a helpful reader - I would say a fan but modesty forbids - I've been considering a vegan lifestyle.
It’s all very clear
Somewhere in the great book of Conservative Party strategy it is written that, when muddying the political waters, members shall in all cases employ the expression "very clear.
Break out the rainy day funds
Jim Flaherty is prudent. Or so he told reporters this week, when he announced the date of his upcoming budget. "I'm not a big spender," said the finance minister who has spent more than $60 billion on tax cuts to corporations.
Break out the rainy day funds
Jim Flaherty is prudent. Or so he told reporters this week, when he announced the date of his upcoming budget.
What a wonderful world
This month, in an unprecedented technological breakthrough, a fridge took part in a spam attack.
Conservative campaign worker Andrew Prescott has agreed to give evidence in Elections Canada's investigation into widespread tampering with the 2011 general election.
Within touching distance
The National Post reports this week that police will not lay charges against two protestors who "came within touching distance" of Stephen Harper at an event in Vancouver.
The art of the non apology
In the December 2012 issue of Psychology Today, psychoanalyst Joseph Burgo discusses the art of the apology. He lays out some simple rules, starting with "genuine apologies never contain the words 'if' or 'but'.
A terrorist for all seasons
Calgary West MP Rob Anders raised a few eyebrows this week when he refused to join the rest of Canada's parliamentarians in celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.
Set my people free
There's great news for white Canadians this week. Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers released his annual report on Tuesday.
Imagine there’s no heaven
In a comic scene in Joseph Heller's 1961 novel, Catch 22, two atheists argue about God till one cries out in frustration, "But the God I don't believe in is a good God, a just God, a merciful God. He's not the mean and stupid God you make Him out to be.
Pie at Wal Mart
When Joe Hill, an organizer for the socialist union the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), penned The Preacher and the Slave, workers in America lived under conditions a Bangladeshi might recognize today.
Consider the mobile abattoir
It’s 9 a.m. on a brisk November morning. The six little pigs who’ve been running around my yard all summer are confined to the squeeze pen, all grown up into 50-kilogram hogs.
With The Fire Reapers, Yukon author turns to young adult fantasy
In Patricia Robertson's old house on Jarvis Street in Whitehorse, there was a false window. A writer since the age of 10, she did what writers do; she looked at the window and fantasized.
The buck stops way before here
Last month, Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti circulated a fuzzy photograph he claimed was taken by a member of his staff, appearing to show a city employee at a North York recreation centre with his head down on his desk, as though taking a nap.
Responsible spending, Conservative style
Last October the Conservative Party of Canada's web page carried an article praising Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's handling of the economy, under the title, Focused on Responsible Spending and Economic Growth...
Haddock, Monk and Mitchell at the Old Fire Hall
Dave Haddock is bringing Thelonious Monk to the Old Fire Hall this Thursday night, Steve Gedrose is bringing Joni Mitchell, and you can catch the whole show for five bucks.
Lining up for question period
The National Post reports a curious phenomenon this week: the Parliament of Canada has become a popular entertainment.
Well, unbundle my cable!
Are your cables bundled? Your fees hidden? Does your phone roam? Call Stephen Harper. He is the government, and he is here to help. And he is decidedly not here to talk about the Senate expense scandal.
Master fiddler promises ‘night of the year’ at Mount Lorne
Gordon Stobbe is a busy man. The master fiddler, music book author, composer, multi-instrumentalist, square-dance caller and now playwright and historian travels the country “from mid-June to Labour Day.”