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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A courier arrived at my door and handed me an envelope embossed with the Canadian coat of Arms. You know, the one with the scowling lion and a silly unicorn, each holding a flag.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Back in 2003, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) arrived in Toronto from China. Roughly 400 people got it, 43 died, Ontario declared a public health emergency and the rest of the country lived in fear waiting for it to spread.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
My daughter s steep-sided backyard in California has a strangely shaped tree. It grows out of the hillside naturally but then bends, forms an arch, and follows the ground down the hill to the patio.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The torture of Adam Capay in Thunder Bay Jail says as much about how politicians are failing us as anything else happening in the world today.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Blue jays are such contradictory creatures. I m not thinking baseball s Blue Jays, who hit everything out of the park one day, but can t make contact with anything smaller than a 10-pin bowling ball the next.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Canada is a country of great diversity, so it is odd that we might still want to single out anything as especially special in identifying our nationality.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Is Art elitist ? Art is a reflection of society. There is little else that could be more about humanity. Why is it, then, that some people think it is not for them but only for the upper society, those elitists ?
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
A dark and heavy despondency had fallen over the forest. The creatures who worked and lived there brooded over their declining state of affairs.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The number of Canadians who say they read books is continuing to drop. That s not good news because reading books is known to make us better informed citizens while increasing our understanding of others.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
News of a death does not always bring only dark sadness. Sometimes it brings illumination. That was the case last week when we learned that Stuart McLean, an unpretentious Canadian icon, had passed away. He died at 68 of cancer.