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Stephen Harper’s Canada

Stephen Harper’s Canada

Heidi Rathjen says she was inconsolable for three days when the Conservatives won a majority in May. Rathjen is a wonderful person, multilingual and graceful. She was at the Polytechnique ...Read more →

Public-interest broadcasting

Public-interest broadcasting

Don’t get me started about the CBC. I don’t like what they have done to much of English television, especially crude right-wing programs like Dragons’ Den. Let the privates do ...Read more →

Daycare for the people

Daycare for the people

Our local day care centre is the warm, beating heart of the neighbourhood. It is right in the middle of the block, trees shading its yard. Built of warm red ...Read more →

Margaret

Margaret

In The Iron Lady, we were hungering for a great political film. We did not get it. Instead, Meryl Strep as Margaret Thatcher, which is almost worth the price of ...Read more →

What’s opera, doc?

What’s opera, doc?

I went to the opera on Saturday night. It was a completely enjoyable evening and not just because half bottles of bubbly are available at the intermission. It was the ...Read more →

The Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire

Bookstores are full of self-help books. There are a lot of parlour games to be played, which you can often buy at the same stores you find the self-help books. ...Read more →

Torching the planet

Torching the planet

At sunset the lone fisherman makes his toss. It’s a small circular net, weighted so it sinks, trapping the catch. It is a timeless gesture that goes back millennia. I ...Read more →

Mr. Potter and the great vampire squid

Mr. Potter and the great vampire squid

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is still time. It’s a Wonderful Life. The film with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It first came out in black and white ...Read more →

Some people and movements of note in 2011

Some people and movements of note in 2011

Time Magazine’s person of the year was an unnamed protester. Not for nothing. We are living in a funny time. There are few leaders that inspire. It is an interregnum ...Read more →

Find the anglo

Find the anglo

‘Tis the season to whack an anglo. Here is how a stereotype works: Seize on the evidence that confirms your preconceived notion. When you meet bilingual anglo Quebecers, don’t pay ...Read more →

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