Today in Edmonton the temperature is -20C (-4F) with a windchill ‘feels like’ temperature of -28C (-18F). This distinction between the nominal temperature and what it actually feels like has always left me slightly bemused. In my world, only the ‘feels like’ temperature matters. When Canadians check the outside temperature they want to know not […]
. . . and don’t come back!
Molly Jung-Fast, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Beast, got it right when she wrote today “America Finally Breaks Up With Her Abusive Boyfriend.” As a Canadian watching from the sidelines for the past four years, I feel the analogy fits perfectly. When you watch a close friend or family member being constantly insulted or abused, you […]
Let’s Talk About Talk Radio
Like most people, I’ve been watching the US election results trickle in over the last few days. It is a very close competition in some states as I write this, and the media exaggerates this by referring to it as a race. So, it is exciting both because of the significance of the vote and […]
Too Many Or Not Enough?
No matter which country you look at, the politics are terrible. I mean, really awful. We could blame it on greed, or lust for power, or the Internet, or fake news, or whatever cause you choose. It doesn’t matter. It’s all bad. There is a hierarchy of bad governments with totalitarianism as probably the worst, […]
“The corridors of power are very dimly lit.” Peaky Blinders The longer we self-isolate and read or watch the news, the more we realize that we have elected some really dim bulbs. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, we are all finding out that we have some politicians who just aren’t up to […]
The Unregulated Militia
America does not need a well-regulated militia in order to secure a free state, and even if it did, the people waving guns around and shooting them at strangers don’t even come close to filling that bill. America does have a well-regulated army, navy, air force, and coast guard. The self-described militia, on the other […]
Things That Make Me Say “Gah!”
Things That Make Me Say “Gah!”: 1. Car commercials. 2. Politicians running for office. 3. Corporate phone menus. 4. TV shows with laugh tracks. 5. That little Chrome rainbow circle that never stops. 6. Surprise airline fees 7. Government red tape 8. Just missing the bus 9. Fake English accents 10. Mental arithmetic Now that […]
I Want My Vote to Count
We recently had a municipal election in Edmonton, and before I voted I watched all two hours of the video of the candidates’ forum for the ward in which I live. It soon became apparent that the incumbent was only marginally interested in engaging with the public, one candidate was completely out of his depth, […]
Getting The Election Job Done
Canadians who get their news from online news feeds are being bombarded with the minutiae of not one but two national elections. Both the Canadian and American election processes are far too long, and most of us have tired of it. In Canada, an election must take a minimum of 36 days, but this one […]