Road Configurations Then And Now

It’s a popular topic on local radio talk shows, especially as this is an election year in Montreal. Of course, I refer to street configurations. Our current mayor, one Valérie Plante, is at best not a fan of cars. At worst she is downright anti-car. Since her election four years ago she has overseen theContinue reading “Road Configurations Then And Now”

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”

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”

Sane Media Wakes Up, Smells Coffee

I have never been fond of the term ‘mainstream media/news’. I prefer to refer to it as the sane media/news. Like Trump’s phrase ‘fake news’, it makes no sense. If it’s fake, it’s not news. The fabrications broadcast on several far-right outlets are not deserving of the ‘news’ classification. If it’s fake, it’s not news.Continue reading “Sane Media Wakes Up, Smells Coffee”

Lest We Forget: Remember To Remember On Wednesday

There is sure to be a plethora of media noise emanating from my southern neighbours for the next weeks, if not months (years?). Even with the election of Joe Biden, after four long days of painstaking ballot counting, the fireworks are not going to end soon. And once again he has, sadly, opted to beContinue reading “Lest We Forget: Remember To Remember On Wednesday”

Make Votes Count; Hire More Counters

The last polls in the United States have been closed for more than two days. Still no final result. I think I’m on a first name basis with all the CNN folks as they fill time during this neverendum referendum. With the COVID pandemic running amok, many people chose not to stand in line atContinue reading “Make Votes Count; Hire More Counters”

Montreal’s Griffintown

Once again my wife and I ventured out from our COVID-19 confinement – rest assured we remained in our large hamster ball, wore masks, and maintained proper social distancing. We decided to stroll – or roll – through the part of Montreal known as Griffintown. Griffintown (once known affectionately by residents as The Griff) wasContinue reading “Montreal’s Griffintown”

Grass Roots And Grassroots

The Grass Roots was an American rock band in the late sixties and early seventies. Their biggest, but certainly not their only, hit was Midnight Confessions, a song that still gets played on many oldies stations. On the other hand, the concept of Grassroots politics is significantly different, but no less an integral part ofContinue reading “Grass Roots And Grassroots”

My Neighbour Is Sick

For as long as I can remember we’ve had the same neighbour. We go back years, decades, indeed centuries. We live in what in the real estate world is known as a semi-detached. Which of course means it is also semi-attached; we share one very long partition, I am hesitant to call it a wall, givenContinue reading “My Neighbour Is Sick”

Team Names And Intention

With major league sports attempting to save a pandemic ravaged season by reducing the number of games that will be played in a bubble with no fans present, other issues are being thrown into the mix. I write of team names that are, or perhaps are not, offensive to indigenous people. … the Canadian BroadcastingContinue reading “Team Names And Intention”