COVID19 In Our Rear-view Mirror

It’s so close you can almost touch it. But not just yet. I refer to the time when the COVID19 pandemic will be, like Lubbock, Texas in the Mac Davis song, in our rear-view mirrors. I can’t imagine what Mac had against Lubbock, but he was sure pleased to be leaving. Things are getting betterContinue reading “COVID19 In Our Rear-view Mirror”

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”

From Fine Scotch To Espresso

As the old adage goes, “When life hands you lemons, make … err … coffee”. If there is a positive element to the current pandemic, it’s that it has caused many of us to be creative and adapt to very different circumstances. That’s what one downtown Montreal bar owner has decided to do. Natasha Geoffrion-GreensladeContinue reading “From Fine Scotch To Espresso”

Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health

I used to be a runner. Every weekday morning, before work, for about twenty years I could be found jogging around my neighbourhood. I was fanatical about doing it. Not about going longer or faster, but doing it without fail – in all kinds of weather. They’d say things like “If I don’t see youContinue reading “Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health”

Pub Crawl vs Pub Walk

The Cambridge Dictionary defines a Pub Crawl as ‘a visit to several pubs, one after the other, having a drink or drinks at each one’. Other well-established dictionaries offer similar definitions. However, they all neglect to explain the crawl aspect as opposed to merely walking. If you’re not crawling, you’re not doing it right! Visiting several pubs, or bars, for a drinkContinue reading “Pub Crawl vs Pub Walk”

A Micro View of COVID’s Burden On Hospitals

In the immediate aftermath of the 2020 year-end holiday season, the COVID-19 statistics in Quebec continue to be at alarmingly high levels. Both the number of infections and the number of deaths attributed to the virus rise every day. It would appear more folks went a visitin’ during the festive season than are admitting it;Continue reading “A Micro View of COVID’s Burden On Hospitals”

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”

Essentially, Essential Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, rumour has it that the Premiere of Quebec will, at a five o’clock news conference today, announce a severe new lockdown for the province. The kicker: it is also rumoured that this new lockdown will include a curfew. The plan seems to be that from 8:00Continue reading “Essentially, Essential Is In The Eye Of The Beholder”

Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for bars. During this time of COVID-19 bars in Montreal are closed. Not open with limited seating and social-distancing. But closed completely. In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequencesContinue reading “Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club”

C’mon IKEA You Can Do Better

Unlike many people, I’m a fan of IKEA. I like many of their products and particularly enjoy our traditional annual trek to get a Christmas tree. The trees are all about the right size, they only cost $25 and you can get that money back after Christmas if you spend over $100. Not a badContinue reading “C’mon IKEA You Can Do Better”