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Some of the articles, stories and columns I have written.

There’s something strange about dads. Maybe not all of them. Probably most. Certainly mine. Possibly me. Too often we don’t get to really know them until it’s too late to matter any more. Sometimes we learn that the person we think we know is not the person we thought we knew. I think I got to know mine in the last couple of decades of his life. He was living in Stratford and looking after my mother as she struggled against the irreversible fog of dementia. She could remember every grievance she suffered as a child but not how to do the laundry. My dadRead More →

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 →