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The Colour of Nothing

In Culture, Personal, Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Montreal’s Carte Blanche magazine printed a story of mine. Enjoy!

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Arguments

In Culture, Personal on March 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Geist magazine recently published a non-fiction essay of mine. Nothing financial about it, but it’s a personal favourite of mine. You can read the essay online here or buy a copy of the Geist Winter issue (91) at your local Chapters/Indigo or directly from Geist online. Enjoy

The Mystery of “The Man”

In Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal on April 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

The Little Red Umbrella posted an essay of mine recently. It’s one of my favourites. Enjoy.

“Big Government”

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Politics on September 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Watching Ontario’s political debate was painful. I’m annoyed that each candidate felt personally obliged to thank people for their questions. Oh, thank you so much, Sanjay, for that question that I will now proceed to ignore. The name-calling was excessive. With all due respect Mr. McGuinty, your energy plan shows that you’re a loser and your adam’s apple is WAY too big for your neck. They each blatantly plug “selling points” instead of answering questions. Hi Ontario, I’m going to fix everything using only five bullet points!

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Sympathies from the Spike

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Politics on September 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

During the years when Eric Blair (George Orwell) was voluntarily living as a vagrant in London, he wrote an essay in 1931 titled, The Spike (full text). A Spike was a workhouse where the nomadic homeless went to find shelter and food in exchange for their labour. Upon entering, he was stripped of all liberty, respect and dignity. He and the other “tramps” (homeless) were treated like dogs; they slept wherever there was space, they were fed scraps and it was assumed that they were carrying disease.

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Fiction: Snow v. Winters

In Culture, Fiction, Personal on August 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Snow v. Winters is a short fiction published in The Flaneur, a culture mag from the U.K. People that have been on either side of a job interview have enjoyed the story. You can read it by clicking here.

Letters to Rob Ford: Campaign Promises

In City, Criticism, Culture, Letters to Rob Ford, Personal on August 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Chris Burt shares a letter to the mayor:

Thanks for being mayor, keep up the good work!

I know a lot of people are giving you a hard time these days about ‘not finding’ the gravy, or doing the other stuff, but I am quite proud of several of your achievements to date, and I would like to outline them for the purpose of ensuring that your side gets a fair and balanced shake against the liberal media.

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Letters to Rob Ford: How to Stop the Gravy Train (using gravy)

In City, Criticism, Culture, Letters to Rob Ford, Personal, Popular Posts on August 9, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Andy Smith writes a special letter for a special mayor:

Dear Rob,

I hope it’s ok that I call you Rob. “Your Mayorship” seems too formal for a guy that buys his suits off the rack, and you might think I mean your brother.

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Remembering McLuhan

In Culture, Personal on July 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Plenty has been said about Marshall McLuhan this week. He would have been 100 today. The Globe had a nice summary of his life. The Walrus has an interesting angle on religion affected his outlook.

But no article depicts the spirit of Marshall McLuhan better than this article by Wired Magazine. Like many Canadians, McLuhan enriched my mind with his thought-provoking probes.

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How to foul Lebron

In Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Popular Posts on June 1, 2011 at 10:17 AM

This was originally written on October 18th, 2010. I find it interesting to look back and see how appalled I was at Lebron’s plan for financial success. Now that the Heat are on the verge of winning their first championship, It’s worse than I had imagined. Here comes the lost decade of basketball.

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