Hijacking Google Mini

A couple of years ago my nephew gave us a Google Nest Mini. It’s one of those electronic assistants that can do a whole bunch of things when programmed to do so, or asked. Yes indeed this little muggins can be told to do pre-programmed things when asked. It’s a small enough device that, asContinue reading “Hijacking Google Mini”

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”

Urinals and Elevators: Rules of Etiquette

Even after fifteen years, my wife, who hails from Caracas, Venezuela never ceases to be amazed by some of the small cultural differences she observes here in Montreal. She has finally become used to seeing people in downtown Montreal dressed for the hot summer weather. Evidently in Caracas, where it is much hotter more oftenContinue reading “Urinals and Elevators: Rules of Etiquette”

Armed Forces and Citizens: Canada and Venezuela

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Armed Forces and Citizens: Canada and Venezuela”

Montreal’s Venezuelan Community Calls for Peace and Democracy

Last Sunday my wife and I attended a Mass in an east-end Montreal church with a large Latino congregation. The service was a special one in that the theme was the current unrest in Venezuela. The church was crowded, standing room only. There could be no doubt that the vast majority of those in attendanceContinue reading “Montreal’s Venezuelan Community Calls for Peace and Democracy”

Venezuelan protests: Trump administration is sucking the air out of world news

This is Holy Week, the last week of Lent, which actually ends today, leading up to Easter. When I was in grade school we used to get a vacation from Thursday to Tuesday. These days, with spring breaks included in most school calendars,  the days off for Easter are limited to Good Friday and, inContinue reading “Venezuelan protests: Trump administration is sucking the air out of world news”

Venezuelan President Maduro Reacts to Fidel Castro’s Death

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Venezuelan President Maduro Reacts to Fidel Castro’s Death”

Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela

There is an old adage used to indicate a superfluous activity, it likens the act to carrying coals to Newcastle. Newcastle is a coal-rich area in England, so why would anyone bring more. The oil-rich South American country is now, paradoxically, buying oil from the United States. A recent piece in the New York TimesContinue reading “Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela”

Venezuelan Elections Signal Changes on the Horizon

Last Sunday was a tense day around my place. My significantly better half, of Venezuelan origin, was glued to several social media apps – Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp in particular – in an attempt to get up to the minute information on the parliamentary elections in Venezuela. As an interested observer I had seen thisContinue reading “Venezuelan Elections Signal Changes on the Horizon”

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”