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”

Irresponsible To Reopen Elementary Schools

As predicted, in an effort to stem the rapid spread of the anticipated second wave of COVID-19, Quebec announced a ‘shock treatment’ lockdown yesterday . The lockdown comes with a new twist – a curfew. In the original lockdown people could come and go – outside – at will. Starting this Saturday a curfew willContinue reading “Irresponsible To Reopen Elementary Schools”

COVID-19: Guinea Pigs And Lemmings

Today, May 11, 2020, marks the day when the province of Quebec tips its toe in the water of school reopening. As numerous newspaper articles have pointed out, the rest of the country is watching to see how things go.  It is important to point out that these reopenings are in what is referred toContinue reading “COVID-19: Guinea Pigs And Lemmings”

COVID-19 Schools and Winter Tires

The government of Quebec has announced that it will reopen Montreal pre-schools and elementary schools on May 19. At the same time, they are still reporting daily statistics of the effects (i.e. cases, deaths, and hospitalizations) of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Education Minister has stated that there are still two or three weeks to comeContinue reading “COVID-19 Schools and Winter Tires”

To Trick-or-Treat, or not to Trick-or-Treat

It’s Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Halloween. A debate has engulfed much of social media, and even old fashioned media. To trick-or-treat or not-to-trick or treat. Just to clarify, there will be tricking and treating, it’s a matter of when. Here in Montreal there is another aspect to add to the equation: a weather warningContinue reading “To Trick-or-Treat, or not to Trick-or-Treat”

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”

Racism And Corruption: Deep Roots

This past weekend we rented the film Selma. The movie documents the events around the famous 1965 march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, the state’s capital, in protest of voter registration finagling. Racist hurdles were systematically put in place to make it essentially impossible for African Americans – then called Negroes- to complete the voterContinue reading “Racism And Corruption: Deep Roots”

High Schooler’s Shorts Too Short or Arms Too Long?

On May 21st the temperature in Montreal was in the upper 20s Celsius. Fairly warm, especially after a very long winter. Montreal-area high school student Lindsey Stocker, in an attempt to be comfortable, wore shorts to Beaconsfield High School where she is in grade 11. With the rising temperature, a posse of Vice Principals scouredContinue reading “High Schooler’s Shorts Too Short or Arms Too Long?”