Blame it on my Youth

Wouldn’t it be great if we lowered the voting age to 16? Continue reading

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Mont Saint Sauveur

This was our second ski trip to Mont Saint Sauveur. Toronto skiers always get nervous about March Break, which in the 416 usually means balmy, rainy weather with puddles of slushy mud everywhere. Continue reading

In Praise of Delegated Conventions

Today, members of the Ontario PC Party meet to hear the voting results of their recent leadership election. Over 60,000 votes will be counted, and a new leader (and party members hope the next Premier) will be announced. One-member-One-vote. And yet, it makes me long for the days of the old-fashioned, delegated conventions where just a small number of the most devoted party enthusiasts would take on this momentous task. Continue reading

A Walk in the Park – Chapter 2

Author’s note: This is a work of satirical fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Somewhere over Lake Ontario: Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Delta flight from DC to Ottawa was now on approach. David shuffled in his business class seat. He was tired of all this nonsense. Continue reading

A Walk in the Park – Chapter 1

Author’s note: This is a work of satirical fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Prologue: Ottawa. Friday, January 26, 2018.

“Fedeli elected Interim Leader”, said the gruff voice on the phone. “Very well”, as she softly pressed the ‘End Call’ button.

The Plan had started. She gazed aimlessly out the window of her West Block office. The frozen Ottawa River shined under the noonday sun. “I still can’t believe The Plan is finally in motion”, she whispered to herself. Continue reading

Here is Bitcoin

I’ve harboured doubts about Bitcoin for years. I first heard of friends buying some when it was a few hundred dollars three years ago. It’s ten thousand dollars now. But what is a Bitcoin? I don’t actually know. What do you use it for? Not sure. Most people buying Bitcoin only talk about converting it back into dollars – at some point. But, what does a Bitcoin look like? Yes. You know. It’s that shiny gold coin with the hashed “B” on it. Right? Continue reading

Clevelands House

There are few family-run holiday resorts remaining in Muskoka. I wrote about one, Pinelands Resort, last year, which until 2006 was one of the last old-wooden lodges remaining among endless lakes, forests and rocks of “cottage country”. Today, Clevelands House persists in offering that original Muskoka charm, with a humble, yet hospitable feel in an era of 5-star Marriotts, Hiltons and Sheratons that are gradually taking over Ontario’s resort industry. Continue reading