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Mass for Shut-Ins, CTV

Mass for Shut-Ins: Old School Virtual Services

March 24, 2021 at 11:52 am

In 1963, when Nate Nathanson, owner of CJCB radio and television, approached Rev. Frank Abbass with a plan to broadcast Mass for those unable to attend in person, I doubt either of them imagined the program would become the longest-running TV production in the country. Certainly, neither could have envisionedRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 12, 2021 at 9:28 am

Rousing endorsement I am amazed that, beyond the pages of SaltWire publications like the Cape Breton Post and the Halifax Chronicle Herald, a significant development in the Sydney container terminal project has failed to generate much buzz. The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce — THE ATLANTIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PEOPLE —Read More

(Clockwise from top left): René Descartes, Ursual K. Le Guin, J.S. Mill, Margaret Atwood, J.R.R. Tolkien, Immanuel Kant.

Distorted Mirrors: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Philosophy

March 10, 2021 at 11:47 am

As I write this month’s column, Ontario, where I live, is still in the grip of the COVID pandemic. The government issued a stay-at-home order on Boxing Day, which closed restaurants for in-person dining, university classes remain virtual, and we have been told that we should only leave the houseRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

November 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

Vaccine Dream News that Pfizer has a vaccine that is 90% effective against COVID-19 cheered people and markets alike this past week (airline and cruise line stocks leapt for joy). But there are so many caveats attached to the discovery that I’m pressing pause on my own jig of joyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

September 18, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Sea to Sky Did you see the story about the cable of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia, being cut a second time? Just as in August 2019, the cable was cut during the night, sending dozens of cars crashing to the ground. Fortunately, no one wasRead...

From Madame CJ to Modern America

From Madame CJ to Modern America

June 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Growing up, I had a good friend whose father, a barber, not only cut hair, but helped people who were having problems growing it. I don’t recall when I became aware of the business he ran out of his home because there were no signs posted on the house, andRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

The Thick of It [I must begin with a warning to the Spectator’s War and Peace columnist Sean Howard: do not read the following story while drinking a beverage of any description or there will be a spit-take in your future.] Earlier this week, I received an invitation from theRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 24, 2020 at 8:15 am

Hail and Farewell I liked Ray Paruch. It was probably inevitable that a reporter constantly railing against municipal secrecy would feel a certain affinity with a district councilor doing the same, but I also just liked Ray Paruch. He was friendly and funny and had no problem talking to aRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

Diverse diversions This week, my random things will all be things that can distract, amuse or entertain you while you’re self-isolating. Many of these things are found on the internet, as is my publication, so will be of no use to people who do not have an internet connection —Read More

Grab Bag

Grab Bag

February 12, 2020 at 12:45 pm

I spent so much time this week researching trams — past and present — and electricity that I’ve had little time to do much else. So I’m going to cheat and point you to some things other people have written or recorded that I think you might enjoy.   Wrasslin’Read More