As I perused a Slate.com story this morn about choosing between the US’s two most apparently corrupt presidential candidates ever, it started to gel with something I’ve been thinking about. Between those two and our own PM — who seems like a really nice guy, but whose fresh-faced BS has done nothing to shake my conviction that Liberals … More How do we fix the political system?
The Chevrolet Bolt EV hit the scene hard at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, both for its great looks and its huge promises. The car is designed to give GM some much-needed eco cred and steal Tesla’s thunder in a hugely embarrassing way. If the production model delivers on GM’s narrative, then we’re going to … More I don’t care if the Bolt is GM’s Tesla killer
If you live outside Quebec, you may or may not have heard of Cédrika Provencher, the 9-year-old Trois-Rivières girl who disappeared in 2007 only to turn up as a pile of bones in the forest ten days ago. But for people in her home province, Cédrika’s name stirs up a dismal and all-too familiar sense of … More Cédrika, my daughter and me
It doesn’t matter what word the politicians use, it’s Joe on the Street who counts. By now, you’ve probably heard the term “Daesh” used by some politicians as they talk about the moment’s biggest-ticket Mid East belligerent, the war in Syria and November’s Paris terrorist attacks. That’s great, but we’re living in an age when everyone … More Why I call ISIS ‘Daesh’ — and you should, too.
This past weekend, my band played a festival near Nordegg, Alberta. During our drive back to Calgary on Sunday, we stopped off at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake. While I was looking across the water at the Crowfoot Glacier and some mountain I’ll never know the name of, I casually mentioned to one of the guys how cool it was … More Geologic time, astronomic speed
YUL – YYC I’m sitting at about 38-and-a-half thousand feet above some stretch of western Ontario that’s nothing but a zillion lakes splashed across endless greenery. A quick back of the envelope calculation puts me in the neighbourhood of 11 kilometres up (and by ‘back of the envelope,’ I mean ‘iPhone app,’ because I don’t … More The state of the Earth from 38,000 feet
The years have not been kind to Fender. The infamously uneven quality control on the company’s US-made instruments has long prompted some players to claim that your best bet for a new Fender is a Japanese model. Now, I’ve played some very nice US Fenders. But still, a lot of other companies have been paying the … More From the archives: Fender American Standard Precision Bass V
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s annual report is out, and the news is bad. There’s a lot of info in the report, but if we distil out the essence of it, what were left with is this: Canada is a signatory to the Aischi Targets outlined under 2010’s UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Aichi Target … More Canada is dragging its ass on land and freshwater conservation
Ready for your dose of black rage? Then check out How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Homes, the scathing June 3 joint ProPublica/NPR report on the American Red Cross’s failure to launch in Haiti after collecting a metric assload of money. You could Google it but, well, … More Tailspin