Prime Minister Nixon

On Christmas Day 2005, around 4 am, I was hospitalized with appendicitis. I had spent the day in agony and couldn’t understand why. By the time I made it to the emergency room and was admitted to Peterborough’s Civic Hospital, I was a rush case. I was operated on within hours. Thankfully, Before leaving my …

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Justin Timberlake agonistes

Whichever group of cutting-edge, let’s say, artists who conceived of, storyboarded, casted, choreographed, and directed the music video for Justin Timberlake’s Tunnel Vision must have thought they had struck entertainment unobtainium: pure, oozing sexuality, naked two-dimensional women in 3D, and slick rhythm lines and lyrics that might lead young men to climax before their date …

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The NDP’s Senate gambit

Yesterday, when the NDP launched their campaign to “Roll Up the Red Carpet” and abolish Canada’s Senate—a campaign launched with cheek from the lobby of that very body—some pundits rushed to claim that the party was playing into the hands of Prime Minister Harper and his PMO. To some extent, this is true: by focusing …

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Can we adjust the levels, Ms Wente and Mr McParland?

I don’t know Margaret Wente or Kelly McParland personally. It’s entirely possible that, face-to-face, they are thoughtful, engaged, and nuanced thinkers committed to fair and constructive engagement with the issues that make our world complicated, frustrating, awful, wonderful, and so many other things. Lately, they’ve been lazy journalists. Wente’s column on women in combat and …

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It might not look like it, but I’m working

From an outsider’s perspective life as a writer, academic, or some hybrid of the two looks simple, effortless, and, simply put, sweet. Fair enough. After all, when talented writers or thinkers deliver the finished product, the fruit of their unseen labour often exhibits an eloquence, coherence, and cogency that belies the potentially frenetic and bizarre …

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