10/25/2013 01:02:57 AM
Our federal government, suddenly flush with cash it seems, has earmarked $1.5 million for a group called Tribute to Liberty so they can build a statue to honour victims of communism.
10/22/2013 02:24:26 AM
Like anyone I can be prone to knee jerk reactions, its normal. When Québec proposed values charter was first put forth I was opposed.
10/20/2013 06:51:11 AM
I have no issue with workers organizing collectively to increase their bargaining power in an effort to maximize what they receive in pay and benefits.
10/18/2013 07:21:43 AM
I'm beginning to feel more and more like Canada is turning into a neo-conservative southern US state.
10/16/2013 03:02:04 AM
There's a bit of a divide in this Québec household, my wife and I disagree over Québec's proposed values charter.
10/10/2013 23:37:52 PM
There are a couple of old bromides that circle around the investment community.
10/10/2013 03:35:39 AM
Hello readers, if there are any left after a long hiatus from blogging.
10/09/2013 18:52:50 PM
There is a lot of nervousness and anxiety out there, particularly in the capital markets over the US government shut down for one, but more so over the prospect that by failing to increase their debt ceiling the United States might default on some of
08/13/2013 00:16:17 AM
Remember that literary classic, Frankenstein?
03/17/2013 11:50:19 AM
CBC is reporting that Conservative MP Mark Warawas motion, calling on Parliament to condemn the practice of abortion being used to select the sex of a child,
03/12/2013 16:45:58 PM
With the Cardinals now in Conclave, (I thought St. Louis had their spring training in Florida) I
02/19/2013 20:18:57 PM
Sick of all those ads for the Harper government's Economic Action Plan?
02/16/2013 02:21:43 AM
The anglophone community has deep roots in Quebec, I however do not.
02/12/2013 21:21:56 PM
Today's trip to the mailbox brought me Macleans' magazine's latest edition, with the cover offering up a three letter, bold, all caps assessmet of the stock market, complete with an exclamation point.
02/11/2013 22:07:29 PM
Bonjour mes chers lecteurs, greetings dear readers.
02/09/2013 15:49:52 PM
Many of Canada's elected representatives are scared to death of the abortion debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Federal minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose among them.
01/29/2013 19:01:43 PM
Recent news is suggesting that Québec Premier Pauline Marois is intrigued with the thought of extending voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds.
01/27/2013 15:11:29 PM
I haven't written anything on the 'Idle No More' movement yet, not because I haven't been following it, but becaue the issues at stake are incredibly complex and answers are anything but easy.
We're talking about treaty rights here of course, trea
01/20/2013 12:52:10 PM
It has fallen off the radar of late, our current government's plan to increase Canada's prison population by expanding the prison system.
01/16/2013 19:37:20 PM
Unconfirmed, unsubstantiated and fabricated rumours eminating from this source are indicating a lawsuit by the handlers of reality TV star Honey Boo may be launched against Jodie Foster in the wake of her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards
01/02/2013 19:00:42 PM
Every Christmas there's an envelope on the tree with a gift card to attend the movies from my father, this year was no different.
12/11/2012 23:43:51 PM
I'm an anglophone Quebecer, I do speak French, however given that English is my mother tongue I am obviously most comfortable expressing myself in Canada's other official language.
When out and about with my wife we invariably default to English in
12/08/2012 01:17:11 AM
Its been a long time since I've written anything about dating in general or internet dating in particular.
11/16/2012 01:07:40 AM
Canadians, thanks to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, have certain rights.
11/13/2012 22:19:57 PM
Before undertaking to read and review C. James Jensen's book, 'Beyond The Power of Your Subconscious Mind', I had already read many books of a similar nature, titles like 'The Magic of Believing' and 'The Secret'.
I had already formed the opinion
11/11/2012 14:29:58 PM
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Did you remember?
Did you take a minute or even just a moment to reflect on all the Canadians who have gone to war and didn't come home?
Did you think of the children who've waited for a
10/08/2012 23:01:07 PM
I will be taking a break from blogging for the next month or so, but before taking my leave I will part with some, (in my not so very humble opinion) sage advice for Liberal leadership aspirant Justin Pierre Trudeau.
Conservative commentators and pundits have been clamouring for something substantive in the way of policy
10/08/2012 19:51:17 PM
Ever since he became Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has dominated the Canadian political scene.
10/08/2012 00:48:01 AM
We Canadians can be a pretty dense lot at times.
10/07/2012 20:39:05 PM
I still don't have cable or satellite at my
10/07/2012 01:37:01 AM
I have a lot to be thankful for, oh I have minor complaints like everyone, but focusing on all the good things in my life does wonders for my outlook and my health.
Fall has long been my favourite time of year, I'm not sure exactly why, it heralds the coming of winter,
10/06/2012 01:01:13 AM
In my lifetime Canada has had Liberal and Conservative governments.
10/05/2012 23:41:50 PM
This blog is nearing three years old, and on a fairly regular basis I receive email from people commenting on, or asking questions about, something I've written.
10/04/2012 18:20:41 PM
I had some sympathy for Ontario's teachers, after all I have two siblings and a best friend all employed in that profession in Canada's most populous province.
Note, I said 'had' and not have.
10/04/2012 14:17:12 PM
I've often compared politics to chess, or at times a hockey game.
Now the appropriate metaphor appears to be boxing, given Justin Trudeau's ring defeat of a heavily favoured Conservative Senator, a fomer Canadian Forces member and a karate blackbelt. Young Mr. Trudeau didn't beat three opponents, just one. Tory Senator Patrick Brazeau had those seeming advantages and the calendar on his side to boot, being 38 to JT's 40.
Despite being a three to one underdog, Canada's dauphin stunned eve [..]
10/03/2012 19:06:45 PM
I've been reading a lot of the news on Justin Trudeau's 'non-news' announcement that's he's running for the leadership of the Liberal party.
10/02/2012 23:35:36 PM
Nice touch, hopefully young Mr. Trudeau can get Canada's youth excited about politics again.
10/02/2012 23:16:33 PM
I'm not going to put any stock in a recent poll that suggests the Liberals led by Justin Trudeau would easily win a federal election if one were held right now, because there's no campaign going on.
09/30/2012 12:06:08 PM
The abortion debate, such as it is, is dominated by the extremes. While polling indicates a majority of Canadians hold a nuanced view, hard liners believe in either a total ban or complete and unfettered access to the procedure.
According to a recent Ipsos Reid poll, fully 60% of those surveyed would support the introduction of a law which would place some limits on when a woman can have an abortion.
09/28/2012 23:35:29 PM
Author Helio Fred Garcia, Executive Director of Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership has written an important book for individuals who are in positions of leadership, and for those aspiring to leadership roles.
09/28/2012 20:43:25 PM
On Wednesday Canada's Parliament voted down a motion put forward by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth that called for the creation of a committee to study at what point human life begins. Had the motion passed it opened up the possibility that a fetus could be given legal recognition.
09/27/2012 22:29:42 PM
We Canadians are a forgiving lot, we elect governments all the time that back track and flip flop on election promises...then we elect them again.
Pierre Trudeau campaigned against wage and price controls, then brought them in.
09/21/2012 20:12:28 PM
Robert Shiller of Yale University predicted the US housing crash in
2005, a year before it happened. He is quoted by the CBC as saying
that he is worried that we're now experiencing a slow motion version
of the US crash.
The same article cites Don Drummond, a former chief economist at TD
bank as saying the Canadian bubble is bursting right now.
You can read the whole story here:
09/19/2012 00:01:30 AM
If you've lived through a couple of recessions or more then you know the value of so called expert advice.
09/18/2012 20:41:21 PM
This dusty little corner of cyberspace attracts its fair share of email. I get all manner of messages suggesting topics to write on, causes wanting some promotion and books looking for reviews. I read every message in my inbox, and though I usually ignore them, I have reviewed one book.
A recent email asked me to review a book that isn't yet published. Jan Reuter and Dr. William Borgen are writing a book called 'Recession Proof Your Career'. Their PR firm contacted Canadian Soapbox asking [..]
09/14/2012 00:09:45 AM
I don't often write on the American political scene. Oh, I touch on it from time to time, and I do keep a close eye on what's happening south of the border. But being Canadian my principal focus is on events this side of the 49th parallel.
I do however have my opinions on American politics certainly, and on how both the Democrats and Republicans choose their eventual presidential nominees. In the case of Barack Obama, I view him as an incredible candidate who basically broke the door down whe [..]
09/12/2012 21:13:42 PM
I saw maybe half of Sasha Baron Cohen's movie ' Borat', I thought it was ignorant and stupid. When his latest movie, `The Dictator' was released I watched the trailers and took a pass.
09/11/2012 16:10:32 PM
Like everyone who was alive and of a certain age on September 11, 2001 I have vivid memories of that day.
I was at my office in downtown Toronto when I first heard of a plane hitting the north WTC tower.
09/11/2012 11:04:50 AM
The federal long gun registry is back in the news.
09/10/2012 02:19:33 AM
We Canadians love to worry, we worry about the economy, about the weather, about the direction our elected representatives are taking the country.
09/09/2012 00:19:59 AM
I wasn't sure whether or not to share this particular video.
09/08/2012 23:53:54 PM
Discerning trends and making forecasts on limited data is not always the best recipe for making accurate forecasts, just look at pollsters.
09/05/2012 18:55:39 PM
Its hard to discern any winners after yesterday's election here in Québec.
09/04/2012 22:17:44 PM
So the results are in, we have a minority PQ government here in Québec, that is unless there are numerous recounts that result in a number of riding switching hands, which I somehow doubt.
My best guess was that the PQ would win between 60 and 65 seats, and if the 57 seats they're currently showing don't change, well I wasn't too far off.
09/04/2012 16:14:17 PM
So what's it gonna be Québec? Will it be the xenophobic Parti Québecois, or perhaps the CAQ with all those candidates who've filed for personal or business bankruptcy? Might you still opt for the devil you know, the Liberals with all the allegations of corruption surrounding them?
I will stick with my prediction of a PQ win with between 60 and 65 seats. And assuming the separatist Québec Solidaire wins the two seats pollsters are expecting, 61 gives the PQ a workable government, if of course [..]
09/04/2012 00:05:34 AM
Everyone is chiming in with their predictions for tomorrow's vote here in la belle...err province.
09/03/2012 20:53:59 PM
The Québec Liberal party is alleging that robocalls have been made in the Québec City area, as well as in Laval near Montreal.
It is being reported that the calls are being made exclusively in English, targeting predominantly French speaking areas.
09/02/2012 12:34:32 PM
We'll know the answer Tuesday night, will Quebecers choose the separatist PQ, take a flyer on the populist CAQ or will they instead opt for the devil they know in Jean Charest and the Liberals.
Right now its looking like the PQ with a razor thin majority based on recent polling.
08/30/2012 22:48:58 PM
If Warren Kinsella is right, and I have little reason to doubt him, then Justin Trudeau is going to run for the Liberal leadership. Given how long it took him to reach this decision I thought perhaps he was waiting for winter to arrive.
08/30/2012 16:41:57 PM
Yesterday I wrote about Garth Turner and his website Greater Fool. I told you about his current Canada wide tour where he's hosting seminars and (no doubt) giving lots of advice about where people should be investing their money. Given the cost of the seminar, (free) I have little doubt that there will be lots of brochures and pamphlets on chairs and tables, all flogging a variety of investment products. And likely salespeople waiting nearby.
In my opinion, probably not the best way to be maki [..]
08/28/2012 19:01:19 PM
How do you like your eggs? Hard boiled, once over lightly? Me, I like mine scrambled usually.
But what about the men and women elected to public office? The most recent polling numbers suggest that about 28% of Quebecers prefer their politicians to be soft, at least on the issue of independence.
François Legault used to be hard for separation, a real pitt bull. Now he says he changed his mind, he's no longer in favour of sovereignty. Does that mean he's hard for Federalism now? Well, no...not [..]
08/28/2012 00:03:31 AM
Quebec Liberal party supporters could be excused for perhaps thinking that the idea for the creation of François Legault's CAQ party was to split the federalist vote.
08/27/2012 02:31:01 AM
For some, perhaps for most, the question of Québec separation is a dead issue.
08/24/2012 20:21:02 PM
This will be my first time voting in a Québec election, and as everyone who reads this blog knows, (all four of you) I take my democratic franchise very seriously.
Given my lack of first hand knowledge of Québec politics I thought it would be best to inform myself as much as possible and to not dismiss any one party automatically, including the separatist Parti Québecois. In fact I was giving serious consideration to Pauline Marois' and the PQ until recently and explained my reasons with the [..]
08/22/2012 20:46:14 PM
With the Liberals seemingly bleeding, Jean Charest is reported to be trailing badly in his own riding, the debate between Pauline Marois and François Legault takes on even greater significance.
08/21/2012 21:11:29 PM
This was Charest's Waterloo as I see it, win the debate and the world is your's, lose and...well, perhaps the end of a brilliant political career.
08/20/2012 22:12:13 PM
I just finished watching the one on one debate between Jean (or is it John) Charest and Pauline Marois.
08/19/2012 23:56:04 PM
To this anglophone ear, listening to to the debate on CBC French language radio 106.3 FM here in the capital of the nation, it struck me that Prime Minister Jean Charest performed very well.
This was the first of four debates, with the leaders of four of Québec's political parties, and the only one with Québec Solidaire's Françoise David taking part.
08/19/2012 04:57:34 AM
Its hard not to think of Ontario teachers as a bunch of gold diggers, with Dalton McGuinty as a sugar daddy fallen on hard times.
The teachers unions used to love the self styled education premier.
08/17/2012 15:45:20 PM
I'm not big on religion, oh I go to church from time to time, but I'm not religious about it.
08/17/2012 01:54:21 AM
I've been to Marineland once, and also to Seaworld in Orlando on one occasion as a child.
08/15/2012 20:04:26 PM
For those unaware, I moved to Québec City back in October of 2011, and I am about as English Canadian as you can get, given that my ancestors came from the four corners of Great Britain. And yes, I am considering voting PQ in the September 4th election here.
08/15/2012 18:27:57 PM
Last week I wrote about how my cell phone was being inundated with blank text messages from the same London area cell number. After three calls to customer support I thought a better name would be Rogers Customer rape.
08/08/2012 15:23:02 PM
When I first saw reports of a fire on the 88th floor of New York's new Freedom Tower, built to replace the twin towers...well let's just say it caught my attention.
On the 8th day of the 8th month on the 88th floor a fire was reported just before 8 am.
08/08/2012 10:29:20 AM
Still a confusing story, but its getting clearer.
08/08/2012 08:37:28 AM
I'm reading all kinds of different stories right now, some reports say the fire was a false alarm, others that it was welding, yet others that 90 firefighters have brought the fire under control.
08/08/2012 08:19:29 AM
I'm reading right now that the fire is under control, but still I have to admit to being a bit unnerved.
The eigthh day of the eighth month on the eighty eighth floor, just before eight am, that is freaky.
Authorities: Fire at World Trade Center main tower in New York is likely a false alarm
08/07/2012 17:06:30 PM
What a great day I had today, let me tell you about it.
My cell phone basically shut down this morning, sometime before it was to sound the alarm I have set for 6 AM.
08/07/2012 01:02:34 AM
A funny thing happens when people get old, many lose their sense of fairness.
08/06/2012 22:28:31 PM
Some of Canada's Christian churches are giving voice to concerns over the Northern Gateway pipeline, in particular to the potential hazards it poses with respect to aboriginal peoples and wildlife.
08/02/2012 02:07:34 AM
Canada's baby boom is said to have commenced way back in 1946.
08/01/2012 20:34:16 PM
I have a confession to make, I....uhm, I err...I don't have television.
07/28/2012 21:03:25 PM
Guys, if you shave then you've been there.
07/26/2012 14:43:15 PM
One of the great things about publishing a blog is that you get to share personal experience about some of life's stressing moments, and perhaps give some perspective to those who might be going through similar challenges.
Living in Quebec and being exposed to the media here I've noticed that there have been a lot of business and industry lay offs and outright shut downs, leaving many people out of work.
07/25/2012 15:55:24 PM
I am having an absolutely magnificent summer residing in Québec's capital city.
07/22/2012 00:27:42 AM
I want to start this off by stating categorically that I am not a scientist, in fact I consider myself as having anything but a scientific mind.
06/23/2012 22:13:19 PM
This will be my first summer residing in Québec, and soon my kids will be here for ten days.
06/04/2012 02:38:06 AM
Its happened all around the world, and now its happening here in Canada, the inevitable collapse of our housing bubble.
05/29/2012 21:56:49 PM
Ah Rome and her church, the last crumbling and rotting vestige of a once powerful global empire.
The Toronto Star is reporting that Cardinal Thomas Collins, archbishop of Toronto, has his robes in a knot over not being able to discriminate against students with a homosexual orientation.
Go cry to an altar boy.
Well Mr. Collins...there's a simple solution to your problem. If you don't like Catholic schools being dictated to by elected officials, then stop accepting public funds for the run [..]
05/27/2012 13:41:54 PM
This is news?
05/24/2012 22:47:41 PM
For the majority of Canadians, those who identify themselves as centre-left on the political spectrum, the announced changes to EI show further evidence of Canada evolving into a more and more Conservative nation.
05/19/2012 01:23:24 AM
I've been reading about proposed changes to EI legislation, with speculation rampant that benefits will become harder to qualify for, particularly for those who repeatedly access the program.
Okay, fair enough.
I don't consider myself an extremist on any issue, and that includes social programs like EI.
05/18/2012 23:13:24 PM
I don't want to come across as a corporate shill or anything, but at the same time when there's a product or service that I enjoy, I like
05/17/2012 16:10:46 PM
I'm really getting fed up with baby boomers, especially those who to try to characterize the Québec student strikers as being greedy and out of touch with reality.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Tuition fees in Quebec were frozen when baby boomers stormed through the educational system.
05/12/2012 00:54:45 AM
I've been doing a fair bit of driving lately, often between the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Québec City.
04/26/2012 07:39:14 AM
Today is the day apparently.
04/08/2012 02:59:40 AM
Demonizing those with whom one disagrees, that's something we're seeing more and more
04/07/2012 03:22:59 AM
When is a human being a human being, and who exactly is progressive?
These are two questions being raised in the wake of Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's motion to have Canada's parliament establish a committee to study the question of when a human being is
04/04/2012 22:22:01 PM
04/02/2012 21:31:04 PM
In just under three and a half years I have written or touched on