Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’


Sunday, October 11th, 2015

We have never had a sadder federal election. The incumbent Conservative Party has used a racist, race-baiting strategy we normally associate with other places. The  racism that has been whipped up will take a very long time to dissolve. A full of the population, or nearly a third, have proven themselves to be idiots, racists or more likely both.

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

It is very hard to post a photograph of April flowers in Vancouver without someone in Toronto taking it personally.

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“I’ve been told that the tallest building in hell has an awesome view of the emerald city”

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Heard those lyrics over the car radio last week. I did not know that the Emerald City was close enough to hell that you could actually see it from there, but that whole geography sounds a lot like Vancouver.

As everybody knows, the Emerald City is the fictional capital city in L.

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The Harper Song (Steve It’s Time to Leave) by John Roby

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Words and music by John Roby, a good friend of my Uncle Patrick. Video recorded and edited by Scott Stephenson. Lovely song in its own right, and a bit reminiscent of Randy Newman and Tom Lehrer.

For non-Canadians, this song is about Canada’s rogue right-wing head of state, Prime Minister (or “Crime Minister”) Stephen Harper.

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Colour Barr

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Folding bar by my friend (and well known Toronto designer) Barr Gilmore. Available from made design. Via moco loco.

The Colour Barr is made of stainless steel, polyurethane enamel, ziricote, glass decanters, tumblers, shot glasses, cocktail shakers and various bar equipment. The point is to move you away from the computer/TV screen and toward socializing.

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Where apathy comes from

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Brilliant talk showing that apathy is not an individual failing but rather is constructed by cultural and civic barriers that aim to stifle your participation. Dave Meslin is funny and he’s right. You may enjoy his comparison between the way city halls bury development notices in publications and the way Nike sells shoes – if city hall really wanted your input, it would communicate differently with you.

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