Emergency Gathering In My Hometown

My hometown, in which I have resided all of my nearly 62 years, thinks of everything. Today as I strolled home from the supermarket I noticed a sign in the park. I was momentarily taken aback. The sign indicated an ’emergency gathering point’. During this pandemic we have all been spending way too much timeContinue reading “Emergency Gathering In My Hometown”

10,000 Steps in Montreal

In an effort to combat COVID-19 confinement languor, I’ve been trying to get in a 10,000 step stroll most days. Today I went to downtown Montreal. Even with its scofflaw sidewalk cyclists and scooter users, its lack of parking spots, its sad ghost-town appearance, given the huge number of permanently closed businesses, it’s still aContinue reading “10,000 Steps in Montreal”

Why Use Risky Vaccine When Alternatives Exist?

I did not know Francine Boyer. The Quebec woman passed away recently from cerebral thrombosis, a blood clot, some time after having received her first shot of the AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine. A rare but devastating side effect of the AZ product. People are quick to explain that the chances of this are infinitesimal – 0.001Continue reading “Why Use Risky Vaccine When Alternatives Exist?”

Hooligans Besmirch Montreal Protests

People have always protested. To publicly express one’s objection to an issue, law, or decision is one of the most important elements of a democracy. Assuming it is done peacefully and in accordance with proper regulations. Even those who would protest said regulations – the securing of a permit being chief among them – mustContinue reading “Hooligans Besmirch Montreal Protests”

Waves: Good and Bad

The usual use of the word wave in popular culture has a positive twist to it. Harnessing the power of a big wave on a surf board. Or riding a wave of good luck. But when it comes to yet another wave of the Coronavirus, there is nothing positive about it. As if to emphasizeContinue reading “Waves: Good and Bad”

Language And Acceptance Culture

Let me vent. While I understand that languages evolve over time (if not we would be speaking English as Shakespeare wrote it) but sometimes I have difficulty with the current usage. However, perhaps diametrically opposed to cancel culture, a movement that applies today’s values to historical events and calls for cancelations (see Le Pew, Pepe),Continue reading “Language And Acceptance Culture”

From Fine Scotch To Espresso

As the old adage goes, “When life hands you lemons, make … err … coffee”. If there is a positive element to the current pandemic, it’s that it has caused many of us to be creative and adapt to very different circumstances. That’s what one downtown Montreal bar owner has decided to do. Natasha Geoffrion-GreensladeContinue reading “From Fine Scotch To Espresso”

Texas Drops COVID Restrictions

I don’t know what it costs to have an election. All the organization, staff, and equipment certainly does not come cheaply I’m sure, but if we are to live in free democracies, this is part of the price. Yet if what Texas Senator John Cornyn says is correct, his state can save a bundle byContinue reading “Texas Drops COVID Restrictions”

Movies Without Popcorn

While the government of Canada warns people not to travel during the upcoming spring break, threatening strict quarantine measures upon returning to the country, the government of Quebec is attempting to provide some activities for kids during the week-long March break. What can reopen, beginning this Friday, are movie theatres. However, the selling of foodContinue reading “Movies Without Popcorn”

Stay Home – Buy Local

There’s an old saying that when life hands you lemons, make (and sell) lemonade. An appropriate variation on that old adage, during these times of COVID-19 confinements and lockdowns, might be when a pandemic keeps you from greeting friends, make (and sell) greeting cards. And that is just what the folks at Bina’s Greetings did.Continue reading “Stay Home – Buy Local”