My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie

  My great-grandfather, Ernest Henry Blackwell, was born in Sussex, England. In 1893, he and his wife Annie Ellis emigrated to Canada where he would spend the rest of his days. They had five children: three sons and two daughters. His eldest child, George Ernest Blackwell, was my grandfather. I have recounted some of hisContinue reading “My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie”

Sorry But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

This post originally appeared in 2013. At the time it was linked to by CNN. It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian, I would suggest, but certainly not argue, that it is impossible to be overly polite. People point out that we say thank you way tooContinue reading “Sorry But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

Why I Should Be Canada’s Next Governor General

The Canadian Governor General (GG), Julie Payette, has resigned amid a scandal that revolves around what has been called a toxic work environment. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist – and Ms Payette is, in fact, an actual rocket scientist and former astronaut – to realize that the position of GG is perhaps the mostContinue reading “Why I Should Be Canada’s Next Governor General”

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”

Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

Reissued for Canada Day Weekend 2019 This post was linked to by CNN to explain the backhanded apologies of some Canadians! Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian I would suggest, but certainlyContinue reading “Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

Originally published September 3, 2013 This post was linked to by CNN to explain the backhanded apologies of some Canadians! Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian I would suggest, but certainly notContinue reading “Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

Canada’s Reputation Tops World

“Well your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation” When Billy Joel sang that line in his Only the Good Die Young he was of course referring to a bad reputation. Or maybe a fun one. But if reputations count, Canada is sitting pretty as, on the eve of our 150 birthday,Continue reading “Canada’s Reputation Tops World”

Seeking Expo 67 Artist

During the many trips to EXPO 67 fifty years ago as a seven year old child I had the opportunity to stock-up a lifetime of interesting experiences. On one such occasion my aunt, with whom I made most of my visits, had me sit for a portrait sketch. She would subsequently have the sketch framedContinue reading “Seeking Expo 67 Artist”