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Jim Travers

Friday, 04 Mar 2011 - The news of the death of Toronto star columnist, Jim Travers, is devastating. I couldn't believe it and kept hoping it was one of those false stories that would turn out to be wrong.I met Jim when he...

Remembering Kaila

Monday, 28 Feb 2011 - One year ago today, February 28, an extraordinary young woman died. She was one of my daughter’s best friends and was a big part of our lives.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, and as...

Egypt

Sunday, 13 Feb 2011 - Great things have taken place in the life of a people.  Over less than three weeks, an unshakable 30 year regime was toppled.  It was toppled peacefully for the most part, although not without tragic...

The Saanich Office

Wednesday, 09 Feb 2011 - Thanks to everyone for sending messages of concern and support in response to the destruction of our office in Saanich.  If you haven’t heard, a large truck lost control and plowed...

Our Cat

Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 - Some people think there are two kinds of people. Cat and dog people. I am tempted to say there are two kinds of people: people who think there are two kinds of people and people who know there are...

Kennedy’s inaugural address – 50 years ago today

Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 - I am blogging this to amplify on what may strike readers, lacking context, as an odd comment to a Globe and Mail reporter.  In today’s Globe there is a feature on the impact of JFK’s inaugural speech...

What attack ads actually attack

Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 - Here we go again. The Harper Conservatives are chafing at the bit, unable to wait until the writ drops before launching the latest round of attack ads. The Conservative mantra is that they do not...

Learning lessons from Arizona

Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 - We have all learned a lot more about Arizona this week.  We now know that it has the least restrictive gun control in the US.  We know that there are exemptions at gun shows where even the...

A call for Greens to take on the internet comment pages

Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 - The other day George Monbiot made the following observations:http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons/"Reading comment threads on the Guardian’s sites and elsewhere on the...

Flaherty's attack on the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 - As end of year interviews go, Flaherty's "shoot the messenger" interview with the Globe is one for the books. First, this government erases Canada's surplus (and Flaherty-Harper cannot blame that on...