Monthly Archives: April 2016

When corporations could do whatever they wanted: A Republican reformer vowed to put an end to corruption

It’s often been said that the politicians in our House of Commons behave like bullies. They get nasty, they yell, they berate, they make offensive comments. Elected officials are bad examples for children, as well as for other adults. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Poetry showed us as British citizens who happened to live in Canada: It was only later that it, and we, began to see ourselves as Canadian

The demure grass will eventually sing “O yes” when it rains. We can listen better from under the umbrella. The ways of nature require caution. – George Thaniel, The Ways Of Nature   We begin our lives with poetry. The … Continue reading

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Baby Beatrice loves rhyme and rhythm and Dennis Lee: ‘One of our favourite family activities is taking books out and reading together’

Billy Batter, What’s the matter? How come you’re so sad? I lost my cat In the laundromat, And a dragon ran off with my dad, My dad — A dragon ran off with my dad! Billy Batter, What’s the matter? … Continue reading

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Panama, Piketty and Le Carre

Not all secret offshore accounts are slimy, but some are. This week a huge leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm indicated that billions upon billions of dollars are being hidden away from governments in order to avoid the … Continue reading

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The work of D.G. Jones

North Hatley poet and translator D.G. Jones has died, and The Globe And Mail ran an obituary here, at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/poet-douglas-gordon-jones-helped-art-of-translation-flourish-in-canada/article29396193/ Douglas Gordon Jones taught at Bishop’s University and later at the Université de Sherbrooke. Find his works in the Bishop’s … Continue reading

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April Fool’s? More like April Farts; The Ancient Greek Aristophanes wrote stinky plays that had real impact

  I blow my nose at you… I fart in your general direction. — Monty Python’s Holy Grail   There are only four farts explicitly mentioned in The Pythons Autobiography By The Pythons, in which the infamous comedians tattle on … Continue reading

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Remembering Jean Lapierre

Former Shefford MP, cabinet minister, and long-time journalist Jean Lapierre died last month. Lapierre’s charm and reputation undoubtedly played a large part in convincing politicians to spill the beans about the Quebec referendum of 1995, and what they’d have done … Continue reading

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