Dogs on Public Transit; What Could Go Wrong?

Montreal’s official opposition party Ensemble Montréal is planning to table a motion that would call for dogs to be allowed on the city’s public transit. Obviously, service dogs are currently welcome, but this new concept would allow all leashed dogs to ride the system. It seems that other cities, including Toronto, have had positive experiencesContinue reading “Dogs on Public Transit; What Could Go Wrong?”

Radio Is Not Just TV Without The Picture

I am not a media analyst or critic, but I have always been a fan of radio. It seems to me to be a much more intimate means of communication than television. When someone appears on TV they are talking to hordes of people, but that voice on the radio is aimed directly at me.Continue reading “Radio Is Not Just TV Without The Picture”

COVID-19 Distancing: There’s No Opting-Out If You’re Fed-Up

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) had reached the stage of pandemic. At that time the bulk of cases were in the ‘European region’. However, the world was put on notice that this deadly killer was for real, and was movingContinue reading “COVID-19 Distancing: There’s No Opting-Out If You’re Fed-Up”

COVID-19: Shaq and the NHL

I’m not much of a basketball fan. I played it as a kid but can’t say I follow the professionals. However, some athletes transcend their sport and Shaquille O’Neal is certainly one of those. “I think we should scrap the season. Everybody go home, get healthy, come back next year” In a recent interview, ShaqContinue reading “COVID-19: Shaq and the NHL”

Summer and Out-of-Town Drivers

After a long hot summer with very few posts, I figure it’s time I got back to the keyboard. I’ll start with an observation that I made numerous times over the last few months. This year with the Canadian dollar measuring up so poorly with the US greenback many Canadians opted to vacation north ofContinue reading “Summer and Out-of-Town Drivers”

Kudos To Toronto Police

In the wake of the horrific incident in Toronto that has cost ten people their lives and injured more than a dozen others, much is being said about the courage of the officer who apprehended the driver.  The man had driven a van along a busy sidewalk and street evidently trying to kill as manyContinue reading “Kudos To Toronto Police”

Bruins, Leafs and Scorpions

It’s NHL playoff time. Much like The Masters and the Kentucky Derby the playoffs are a true sports-themed harbinger of spring. The weather is getting more pleasant, the snow has just about all melted under the warm sun. Bars and restaurants open their terraces and make sure that there are adequate big-screen televisions to accommodateContinue reading “Bruins, Leafs and Scorpions”

Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Bound; CBC Hones Bias

There won’t be any need for Viagra or Cialis in Toronto today. The beloved Maple Leafs have secured a spot in the National Hockey League playoffs. This will have the folks at the CBC in absolute raptures as post-season play returns to Canada’s largest hockey market. Big audiences mean big bucks. I am happy thatContinue reading “Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Bound; CBC Hones Bias”

Ontario’s Highway 407 Billing Scam

A couple of summers ago we went to Boston for a few days. We went over the Tobin Bridge and What if you ordered a steak and when the bill came it had an $11 plate fee? were informed by a clearly written sign that it was a toll bridge and that those cars withoutContinue reading “Ontario’s Highway 407 Billing Scam”

A Tale of Two Restaurants

After our recent marriage, with numerous new in-laws in town, my wife and I postponed any honeymoon to a later date. However we did hit the road with said in-laws in tow. There we were, a small army of ten people ranging in age from four to 77, on our way in a two-car convoyContinue reading “A Tale of Two Restaurants”