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I hereby resign?

Posted: November 9, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

Donald Trump saying “I hereby resign”? It could happen— even if Mr. Trump never speaks the words directly. That’s the promise (well, not the exact promise) that a Canadian company by the name of Lyrebird is holding out for its speech synthesis software. The company’s website invites you to speak into the computer for one […]

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The good old days

Posted: November 9, 2017 at 8:56 am   /   Columnists

Okay, let’s just stop for a moment and think about all of the dumb-arse stuff we pass around on social media. Are you thinking about it? Good. So here’s what I’m thinking: “Yes, if you’re reading this and you’re older than 45, you probably survived things like drinking from a garden hose, or eating stuff […]

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Alcea rosea

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 9:28 am   /   Columnists

Mrs. Jones was a lady who once lived in the house across the road. Her years spent there were before my arrival in the County. I never did get a first name. “That house? The ol’Jones place? She lived alone”, was the closest I got from the neighbours. I promised myself to research it one […]

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The no-fly zone

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 9:10 am   /   Columnists

I’m not saying that I’m cheap. I just buy the lowest cost items that I can find, especially in the undergarments department. I figure since no one can see them, and so as long as they do the job, why buy pricier products? So I was initially quite pleased when I passed among the racks […]

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#MeToo

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 9:07 am   /   Columnists

Many years ago, a woman told me the pain and anguish of being harassed or assaulted will go away given time. According to her, it would fade to black and then the victim would have trouble remembering what happened. I wanted to believe her. I really, really wanted to believe her. And, while there have […]

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The new community

Posted: October 26, 2017 at 9:30 am   /   Columnists

Did you hear about the new development they’re planning for Toronto? Waterfront Toronto—a joint venture of three levels of government— awarded a contract to start the process of developing 12 acres of land in Toronto’s east downtown waterfront to Sidewalk Labs. That company is owned by Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. The aim […]

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#MeToo

Posted: October 26, 2017 at 9:27 am   /   Columnists

Did I mention #MeToo last week? I did. I am, like many of you, impressed by the number of people who have posted #MeToo on their social media pages. In a some manner, we are finding strength in those numbers. I imagine most people I know—mostly women—have been sexually assaulted and/or harassed, at least once, […]

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In honour of the scarecrow

Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:05 am   /   Columnists

I am working on creating a twinning of hamlets: Slab Creek will likely be matched with the village of Nagoro, which is on the Island of Shikoku, Japan. It will be a good move on the level of global movement. You see, my attraction to the idea is that Nagaro has a population of 35, […]

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The Slovenian bagpipe incident

Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:03 am   /   Columnists

October has not been particularly kind to the Scottish national soccer team. They were turfed out of the World Cub 2018 competition after failing to win a crucial game against Slovenia. If that wasn’t bad enough, archrival England were in the same qualifying group, won the group outright and therefore advanced. But there is more […]

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Compassion under fire

Posted: October 19, 2017 at 10:00 am   /   Columnists

I’m going to start this column with #MeToo. Amongst all of the other crap and corruption we all have to live with these days, now we have the threat of the supervolcano in Yellowstone Park? Seriously, as much as I am all about keeping up with current events, I feel as if this story is […]

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