Saying BRAVO to ‘Just Watch Me’

I don’t know about you but I’ve seen enough of this Ottawa blockade. And so I write in praise of the federal government action. The Emergency Measures Act? I say YES!  BRING IT ON! Some have asked: what does it change? What can those in charge do now that they couldn’t do before? What difference…

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Waking Canadians to an insurgency

Never mind those poor wounded souls vying for attention — the Bleating Sheep, the Dazed-and-Confused, the Vile Morons who bring their children to an insurrection. We’ve also got Puppet Masters funding operations from deep within TrumpWorld. We’ve got Homegrown Canadian Fascists running a well organized branch plant. And we’ve got a circle of True Believers…

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Ottawa is a powder keg set to explode

Ottawa is a powder keg set to explode. That’s what woke me at 4 a.m. – that thought. To end the occupation, the army will have to confront the hard-core illegals. Why? Because this siege, this blockade, is NOT a protest over vaccine mandates. What we have here is an alt-right uprising – a wannabe…

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Lost in the jingle-jangle morning of a genius

Wow, so reading this book whirled me away “through the smoke rings of my mind.” Away I went “down the foggy ruins of time,” remembering this one song from replaying it in west-end Montreal, a first shared apartment on Claremont Avenue, and that one from obsessing over it in The Haight, a walk-up crash pad…

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Providing for a multi-media extravaganza

Yo! Hey! Can anybody hear me? I’m shouting out from deep in this rabbit hole on website-building. I hate to say the C-word, but it’s happening. No more a swashbuckling writer, I have become a lowly CONTENT-PROVIDER. Tell the truth, I am having a blast. I’ve been contemplating the traditional Author’s Website. You’ve got the…

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Celebrating the Indigenous contribution

Season’s greetings and hats off to the folks at the John Rae Society in Orkney. They’re the ones driving the restoration of the Hall of Clestrain, original home of Arctic explorer John Rae. Having purchased the Hall and the lands needed to build an access road, they’ve both broadened and refined their original concept. They’re…

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Building a Citadel in Cyberspace

When every day you receive an email from a different website developer offering to design a new site for you, complete with razzle-dazzle graphics and up-to-the-minute Search Engine Optmization (SEO), well, then you know it’s time to act. Time to build a new home in Cyberspace. How hard can it be, right? What you don’t…

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Leonard Cohen Volume Two

It’s equally compelling. Impossible to put down. Yet harder to read than Volume One. That’s because, through the 1970s and into the ’80s, our hero’s narcissism becomes more egregious, harder to overlook. Yes, the anxiously awaited Volume two is here: Leonard Cohen / Untold Stories: From This Broken Hill, the stupendous oral biography by Michael…

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Creators calling on Ottawa

Hello, hello? Ottawa? I’m sorry but there’s no nice way to say this. For a decade now, educational institutions have been ripping off writers who tell Canadian stories . . . writers like, well, me. They have been using our work and flat-out refusing to pay for it. They’re stone-walling. We’re tired of it. Will…

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Celebrating an early champion of the Inuit

Arctic history buffs around the world are today celebrating what would have been John Rae’s 208th birthday. Born at the Hall of Clestrain in Orkney on September 30, 1813, Rae became a doctor in Edinburgh and then entered the fur trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company. After learning from First Nations and Inuit hunters, he…

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