Coarsening of public life a reflection of the times we live in

Should we really be surprised – let alone shocked – when our political leaders bring the language of the streets into the corridors of power?

Coarsening of public life a reflection of the times we live inAh, the words we use – do they define us or merely reflect the times we live in? If it seems that the way we speak is becoming less elegant – not to mention less educated – then it might simply reflect the consistent coarsening of society instead of a sign of demons possessing the…

Finding enlightenment in the dark

Twenty years after Montreal's devastating ice storm, some life lessons remain indelibly carved in a survivor’s psyche

Finding enlightenment in the darkClose your eyes and imagine a modern city that magically exists underneath the surface of the earth. Further imagine that the surface above it is frozen and crusted over with ice. Now, picture what would happen if, through some force of nature – or the special effects of a science fiction movie – that city…

America: a nation in a perpetual tug of war

Does the United States still aspire to be a force for good or has it crossed over to the dark side?

America: a nation in a perpetual tug of warThis is the time of year for reflection, re-evaluation and standing in line to see the latest Star Wars movie. In past instalments, Star Wars has always been about the battle between good and evil, light and dark and the blurring lines at play between those two absolutes. But that conflict is not just applicable…

Men are not a collective, but I’ll apologize anyway

Men are not like the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation who operate as a single entity with a hive mind

Men are not a collective, but I’ll apologize anywayIt’s a bad time for men. Well, all men who aren’t Justin Trudeau. As a feminist, the prime minister will always enjoy absolution and be above the fray. For the rest of us, it’s been a few weeks of witnessing daily and very public shamings of men based on their behaviour towards women in the…

Stuck in our cozy cocoons, ignoring the vast and varied world

We take steps to keep anything from seeping into our lives that may be contrary to our already congealed way of thinking and being

Stuck in our cozy cocoons, ignoring the vast and varied worldIn case no one has noticed, it seems we’re greatly divided as a society, with more than a smidgen of bitterness, intolerance and outright hostility towards our fellow citizens thrown in for good measure. I don’t mean the United States or Canada specifically, nor do I mean it in a strictly political sense. It goes…

Physician, heal yourself – or at least your attitude

It's time both doctors and front-line staff began to reflect the kind of compassionate care we deserve and should expect

Physician, heal yourself – or at least your attitudeAn open letter to health-care professionals: Let’s agree that having to see a doctor or being admitted to a hospital is an activity that greatly impacts our overall physical and psychological well-being. Now, let’s pretend that the receptionists and front office staff at a medical clinic are actually a reflection of the kind of care…

America was perfect before Trump came along – honest

No mass shootings, no racial tension, no workplace harassment and all Americans lived in peace and prosperity

America was perfect before Trump came along – honestIt’s been just over a year since the 2016 U.S. election or, as I like to call it, the election that will not die. Thanks to my near supernatural skills at reading a room, I’ve reached the conclusion that a smattering of journalists are irked at Donald Trump and his aggressive style of leadership. Maybe…

Haunted by the past – and social media’s full-throated bellow

Why did Anthony Rapp not reach out to Kevin Spacey in private and reveal the hurt, confusion and anger this incident engendered?

Haunted by the past – and social media’s full-throated bellowHow guilty are we when our past deeds come back to haunt us? Something done yesterday and revealed today means we must answer for our actions in short order. Certainly, the longer the time between act and revelation doesn’t lessen the scorn heaped upon the perpetrator. But how far do we stretch that window of…

The art of brevity, one smiley face at a time

The millennial hordes taking over the Earth are comfortable with saying little, and embrace the less-is-more method of communication

The art of brevity, one smiley face at a timeIn a recent instalment of the syndicated comic strip Pearls Before Swine, a character called 1980s man is being given a lesson in social media. “This is called Twitter,” explains the piglet that’s the star of the comic as he taps away at a computer, “and if you look there you’ll see I just got…

A nation’s solid foundation – of ice

How Canadians think about hockey and identify with our nation's successes at the rink help set us apart from Americans

A nation’s solid foundation – of iceThe new hockey season is now in full swing. For a Canadian living in the United States, the beginning of play feels like a letter from home. Sure, the U.S. has more National Hockey League teams than Canada. They always did – even when it was just the much ballyhooed Original Six. But proportion doesn’t…
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