So, must we start every sentence with so?

I’m a bit of a newshound. I like to have an ear to the ground as it were. Working from home I have the radio on in the background and the TV, with the audio muted, showing CNN, BBC, or Sky News. As I listen to audio reports on a wide range of topics, fromContinue reading “So, must we start every sentence with so?”

Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The creation of this federal statutoryContinue reading “Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”

Confusing Twitter Feeds

No wonder folks are confused these days. While scrolling through my Twitter feed today as I sipped my morning coffee I was pleased to see the breaking news from BBC about Scotland ending almost all COVID restrictions. Phew … some good news to start the day. I know Scotland is a long way from Montreal,Continue reading “Confusing Twitter Feeds”

McGill University And Cancel Culture

Recently the administrative powers that be at McGill University succumbed to pressure from cancel culture adherents and removed a statue of founder James McGill from the main campus. James McGill was not only the university’s founder, but was, like many wealthy folks of his vintage, an owner of slaves. Does removing the statue erase thisContinue reading “McGill University And Cancel Culture”

So, Like, Can We Rein In The Use Of Some Words?

Some while ago I was having a discussion with someone about the ‘hidden’ elements of various company logos. For instance, the arrow in the FedEx logo. Like most people who live in an urban area the FedEx logo is something we see almost daily on passing trucks and drop-off bins. But for the life ofContinue reading “So, Like, Can We Rein In The Use Of Some Words?”

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”

School Principal’s Less Than Magnetic Personality

It’s the first day of school. As I have mentioned in another post, I don’t believe I ever returned to school before hearing Jerry Lewis close out his annual Labour Day telethon by singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. Fifty years ago I was entering grade three. I still live around the corner from the schoolContinue reading “School Principal’s Less Than Magnetic Personality”

Hey Office Depot, Chillax! It’s Only July

This morning while sipping my coffee and watching CNN’s coverage of the Republican National Convention I was moved for perhaps the first time in my life to make a political statement.  It has nothing to do with the GOP, nor Donald or Melania Trump, not even a potential wall along Mexico’s border with the USA.Continue reading “Hey Office Depot, Chillax! It’s Only July”