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

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How many Internets are there?

We recently took on the task of completely remodeling our bathroom:

  • repainting the ceiling and walls,
  • replacing the tiles, the sink/vanity, the toilet, the flooring,
  • redoing some of the plumbing and electrical work,
  • we’re leaving the bath tub alone, for now.

It’s not that ambitious except for the tiling, I’ve never done it. As always my first step is YouTube. It’s fantastic! There are thousands of videos on how to tile a bathroom. As a complete rookie I don’t know which are good, bad or ugly. But it doesn’t matter. Watch enough of them and the good stuff begins to emerge.

Digression: The tiling is going well and it’s 99% thanks to YouTube, and Home Depot.

Which led me indirectly to the question: how many sub-internets are there, actually? Just off the top of my head: Continue reading How many Internets are there?

Fundamental Canadian Values?

The subject of Canadian values fascinates me. At first glance it seems like a simple topic, but even the basics confuse me:

  • How do we collectively agree on a set of Canadian values? Is it a value shared by 100% of Canadians? (Good luck with that!). Perhaps only 50% plus one is sufficient? After all, that’s all that is needed for Quebec to separate.
  • Should Canadian values be those that uniquely identify us? Probably not. There are 192 other countries out there, and the pickings would be pretty slim if we only considered their leavings. On the other hand, why do we insist on calling them Canadian values?

Leaving those aside, maybe there are easier questions: Continue reading Fundamental Canadian Values?

Why do most #Movements fail?

I don’t follow the news a lot although I subscribe to the Ottawa Citizen (I’m not sure why; maybe I enjoy being outraged at its shoddy reporting and poorly thought out editorials). But even I have heard about some of the social justice movements that have come (and mostly gone) in the last decade. #Occupy, #IdleNoMore, #BlackLivesMatter, and #MeToo come to mind. Continue reading Why do most #Movements fail?

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

A recurring motif (link, link) of George W. Bush’s speeches about the American educational system was his opposition to “the soft bigotry of low expectations”; a pernicious form of bias against the disadvantaged youth in the school system, where they were often not challenged to do their best because some teachers thought that they were not capable of meeting educational norms which thus became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I see this bigotry happening in Canada as well; too often a decision-maker does not hold a member of a minority to the same standard as other Canadians, simply because of their minority status. Continue reading The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations