Monthly Archives: September 2004

Canada’s cities can be less ugly

Admit it, our cities are hideous. Our homes may be nice, along with the occasional building and some of the parks. But generally speaking, the roads, buildings and parking lots are horrible. And you know, cities didn’t have to look … Continue reading

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Someone must be truly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Oct. 8. With what forgettable twit will the committee poke George W. Bush in the eye? Who should follow in the footsteps of Albert Gobat, Carl von Ossietsky, Lord Boyd Orr? Perhaps … Continue reading

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An order of fries with your culture

It’s Bud the Spud, from the bright red mud, goin’ down the highway smiling. Actually it’s not. Bud was from P.E.I., while Potato World’s spokes-spud is from New Brunswick. But both bring a welcome, earthy reality to SimCity or whatever … Continue reading

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Unlike the first ministers, I admit when I am wrong

In August, I predicted the televised first ministers’ health summit would be a vacuous exercise in feel-good rhetoric. I was wrong. It was highly revealing. These guys even do fake badly.
In 1934, economist John Maynard Keynes famously visited U.S. President … Continue reading

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A tale of spin, not spin-offs

The Canadian International Development Agency was just caught in a bit of a fib. It claimed to know that, by distributing vitamin A in the Third World, it had saved 1.5 million lives. But auditors say the agency didn’t count, … Continue reading

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