The Harper Tipping-point, Hope or Fear ?

I tend to agree with Heather Mallick in her recent interesting (and surprisingly forthright) article on why people like Trudeau over Harper. And I agree with what many commentators (and most of the polls) suggest, that we have finally reached... Read More

Christy Clark’s Liberals sacrifice BC children to protect Christy Clark’s Liberals

School will start late in BC because the BC government wont agree to any deal with its teachers that doesn’t give the government immunity from the Supreme Court for any consequences of its failure to bargain in good faith. This... Read More

Stephen Harper and the "S" Word

Uh oh. Prime Minister Harper is using the “s” word again. After the retrieval of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s body from the Red River in Winnipeg, and the recent discovery of a decapitated body in Kamloops, calls for a National Inquiry... Read More

Canada Slips From Most Developed Nation In The World To 11th Place Because Of Stephen Harper And The Conservatives .. Shame!!

Canada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation’s human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country’s... Read More

Stephen Harper’s Deranged Thought Process Is Based On Highly Flawed Right Wing Ideology

By: Jakeet Singh  Tue Aug 26 2014  Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an... Read More

Persecution Complex

When a North American Christian claims they are persecuted, I hear ‘I’m not allowed to persecute others the way I used to!’ Seriously, if anybody can give me an example that isn’t that or ‘Not allowed to treat our children... Read More

New Theme: Goran

We have a new free theme to announce today: Goran! Goran Designed by yours truly, Goran is a functional, responsive, multi-purpose theme that’s a perfect option for your business website. Learn more about the free Goran theme at the theme... Read More

When Shaming Survivors is Not Enough: Police-State Motives Behind Sexual Assault Transit Ads

Photo credit Instagram: @the_noush. Permission to use granted. By Emily Griffiths The Transit Police got burned in the media recently, when rad feminist transit riders called them out publicly for their summer-line of sexual assault ads. These ads use language... Read More

What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege

The phrase “white privilege” is one that rubs a lot of white people the wrong way. It can trigger something in them that shuts down conversation or at least makes them very defensive. (Especially those who grew up relatively less... Read More

Why \”The Fifth Element\” Is the Best Sci-Fi Movie Ever

So I get a lot of shit for liking The Fifth Element. I’ve never quite understood all the hate for the film online. Ernest Cline has Buckaroo Bonzai. I have Korben Dallas. I think the problem is that people just... Read More

Impressions of India

It is impossible to not be in awe of what is India. She is at once chaotic, unruly, exaggerated and constantly in motion. The pace of life is frenetic and I believe all of India must be sleep deprived. It... Read More

Failure is Good

Failure is inevitably linked with art – and life for that matter. Well, it’s also linked to success if you think about it. To put it a little harshly; if we don’t experience failures it’s because we don’t live –... Read More

Practical Classes for Writers

It’s back to school time for most people, and while I value my college education, I can’t help but feel that the writing curriculum they provided didn’t necessary prepare me for the real world. Of course I took the basics... Read More

You Own It, But Should You Photograph It?

If I came over to your house and started rearranging your furniture, or fiddling with the pictures on the walls, you’d probably be more than a little bit put out.  No one likes people touching their “stuff” without permission.  However... Read More

\”Abort It and Try Again.\”

“Abort it and try again.” Was this nasty comment made by a faceless internet troll? No. Immature teenage kid? No. This twitter gem comes from Oxford scholar Richard Dawkins in response to a woman pondering today whether or not she... Read More

What Doomed Chevy Chase\’s Early \”SNL\” Career?

“Fame is a very unnatural human condition. When you stop to realize that Abraham Lincoln was probably never seen by more than 400 people in a single evening, and that I can enter over 40 million homes in a single... Read More

Dulce de Grosellas: Summer in a Jar

I don’t remember having currants – red, black, or otherwise – growing up, so I was surprised to find them in one of the older Cuban cookbooks I’d been using, Delicias de las Mesa by Maria Antonieta Reyes Gavalán.   Written in... Read More

Snapshots of Alaska in Black and White

Denali National Park in the summer is full of vibrant color. This is a surprise to a lot of people who think of Alaska as a winter wasteland where snow lasts 11 months a year and the sun never rises... Read More

Turn Over an Old Leaf

As a book & document conservator, I’ve had the good fortune to see, handle, and work on some really interesting historical artifacts. Just the other day a client came to me for an assessment of a ratty old paperback book... Read More

Landslide at Askja, Iceland: A Volcanologist\’s Report

On the night of 23/24 July 2014 (around midnight) there was a large landslide in the SE corner of the steep inner wall of the 1875 AD caldera at the Askja volcano in central Iceland. This event is simply the... Read More