The Globe and Mail isn’t happy . . .

. . . that Doug Ford will be the next Premier of Ontario.

For years I have had the impression that the Globe and Mail leans to the left. If challenged I couldn’t have supported that position. Until now. Last Saturday (June 9 2018) I was reading the Globe and Mail at the local library, and was struck by the unrelenting anti-Ford bias in its pages. So much so that I spent $5.25 at the local pharmacy to purchase Saturday’s edition. No price is too much to pay for the raw material for a blog article!

Continue reading The Globe and Mail isn’t happy . . .

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Tim Hortons

What’s not to like about Tim Hortons? Good coffee. Good donuts (although Suzy Q‘s are better). Decent prices. Sure they’ve made a couple of mis-steps along the way to becoming a fast food company with 4700 outlets and $3 billion in revenue, but I have no qualms about patronizing it. Continue reading Tim Hortons

Update: Sump Monitoring

On February 2, 2018 I posted The Internet of Things is here . . . , an article about my initial experience with IoT where I described my plan to monitor the water level in my sump and prevent a repeat of the almost catastrophic flooding of 2016.

120 days (and 151,645 measurements) later, the sump is dry and it’s time to take stock. Continue reading Update: Sump Monitoring

In the spring . . .

. . . a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . . projects! (Lord Tennyson rocks!)

Life is good; the sump is dry, bathroom renovations are almost complete, my son has a summer job, my daughter’s school concert was amazing (they performed Hallelujah!). As well, Ottawa weather has been awesome for the last couple of weeks; I feel like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon; a bear from hibernation, the provincial PC party from the political wilderness. Continue reading In the spring . . .

Reproductive Rights . . .

. . . have been on my mind recently:

  • The Liberal Party weirdly insists that applicants for Canada Summer Jobs grants must attest that they support reproductive rights (link).
  • I happened to be downtown on the second Thursday of this month and saw the annual pro-life march.

Digression: The protest march was all that I thought it should be; thousands of people, diverse crowd, focused on one issue. Not like the Islamophobia protest that I attended a couple of months ago (Rally Against Islamophobia).

And since I know nothing about reproductive rights, I thought that I should look into it. Continue reading Reproductive Rights . . .

Charitable Interpretation

I came across the term “Charitable Interpretation” the other day. It recommends that, when critiquing someone else’s statement, do so “in the most rational way possible and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation”. It caused a moment of chagrin because I am often uncharitable (although not to the extent of Cathy Newman (link) during her interview of Jordan Peterson). Continue reading Charitable Interpretation

Success! 165 pounds!

I have been interested in my weight since 2007 when I suddenly realized that I weighed 210 pounds. I didn’t feel overweight, but the medical establishment disagreed, my Body Mass Index (BMI) was 28.8 (link); I was twelve pounds away from obesity! Clearly something had to be done. I briefly considered denial (after all I have big bones) but decided that would be my Plan B. Continue reading Success! 165 pounds!