Alan Pickersgill

Sometimes good people do bad things. Sometimes bad people do good things. I don’t know if Julian Assange is good, bad or somewhere in between. For about seven years now he’s been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The government of Ecuador became getting increasingly impatient with having him there. The ambassador claims he’s not the best-behaved house guest a person could want, and his patience got shorter and shorter as the country inched closer and closer to debt relief from the World Bank. Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, called Scotland Yard last Thursday and asked them to take Assange away. They were more thanRead More →

The good news is that Ontario is running out of problems to solve. We can turn our attention to the province’s license plate slogan. For about 37 years now, Ontario has been ours to discover. It was, in 1982, an ironic choice of a slogan. Our license plates were telling us to keep Ontario  beautiful. Then the Great Lakes Paper Products Company was caught killing people in Grassy Narrows First Nation by dumping Mercury into northern rivers. We were also learning that Dow Chemical was dumping waste into the St. Clair River. The Sarnia Blob showed us the government wasn’t having much luck keeping OntarioRead More →

The summer is coming along slowly. Baseball season is only three days old and already the Blue Jays have won 66.666 per cent of their games. Over in England Theresa May lost a third attempt to get her disastrous Brexit deal approved. She might go for a fourth try soon. The margins of defeat keep getting smaller, convincing her that even if it takes another dozen votes she’s bound to win sooner or later. In Ottawa, Jody Wilson-Raybould unloaded the rest of her evidence implicating the Prime Minister in an attempt to subvert the judicial process. The SNC-Lavalin affair has settled comfortably into a backRead More →

It’s a good thing that baseball season opened today. For one thing, it is the officially legislated first day of summer, but that’s not the only reason. The Blue Jays are about to show us how well a minor league all-star team can compete in the bigs. That will take our minds off all the ugly stuff happening in the big bad world of politics. There are a lot of things pissing me off these days and they all have a common cause. Common cause starts with C and that stands for Conservatives. Scratch the surface of any bit of political nastiness and you willRead More →