What happened to sardines?

The ongoing, but hopefully soon ending, COVID19 pandemic has played havoc with all sorts of day-to-day lives. From the wearing of masks to the getting of vaccines – and the foolish but not unexpected debates arising from these public health issues – virtually everyone’s life has been touched in some way. Sadly some more direlyContinue reading “What happened to sardines?”

Vaccination Passports: Show Some Common Sense Please

Today is the day that the real crackdown on vaccine passports begins in Quebec. Initially the process began on the first of September, but with a two-week easing-in period. Now it’s down to brass tacks. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No official proof of full vaccination means no admittance to bars, restaurants and other publicContinue reading “Vaccination Passports: Show Some Common Sense Please”

Sidewalk Terraces and Good Samaritans

Like many a young man, I used to like to hit the town on a Friday night; with age that has become a whole lot less fun as the town has started hitting back. Let me explain. Truth be told, I have never had great balance. That, combined with less than strong ankles, contributed toContinue reading “Sidewalk Terraces and Good Samaritans”

Kvetching As An Olympic Event

I think it fair to say that, on the whole, people love to gripe. Whining seems to play an important role in most people’s lives. While some folks take it to great heights, yes, I’m talking about you leaf-blower complainers, others merely like the occasional bitch. How damn inconsiderate that people in distress, going throughContinue reading “Kvetching As An Olympic Event”

Please Turn Up The AC

Extreme weather seems to be the order of the day lately. Droughts, forest fires, heavy rain, and extreme heat are all in play around the world. Some places are used to this sort of occurrence and are as prepared as well as possible. While other locations are not nearly as well equipped to handle seriousContinue reading “Please Turn Up The AC”

Not That I’m A Lush … Really

Not that I’m a lush, but I’d be a liar if I tried to deny that I like bars. Not just the establishments known as bars, pubs, bistros, or watering holes, but the actual physical bar itself. I find it very relaxing to sit on a comfortable barstool – with back if you please –Continue reading “Not That I’m A Lush … Really”

Road Configurations Then And Now

It’s a popular topic on local radio talk shows, especially as this is an election year in Montreal. Of course, I refer to street configurations. Our current mayor, one ValĂ©rie Plante, is at best not a fan of cars. At worst she is downright anti-car. Since her election four years ago she has overseen theContinue reading “Road Configurations Then And Now”

Comedians need not always be on

This year Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival is taking place under very different circumstances due to the COVID19 pandemic. No live audiences, everything online. Regardless, they are pushing ahead with a scaled-down schedule, including live shows from other cities. This festival has become an annual convention for comedy specialists. Anyone who is anyone in theContinue reading “Comedians need not always be on”