Back when everybody doth protested too much

I have taken to identifying myself in recent columns as “one of the most protested political staffers in Canada’s history.” I am not sure this is a title to which anyone really wants to lay claim, but I’m putting this out there and if you know someone who has been the press flack/communications director for … Continue reading Back when everybody doth protested too much

Smart scientists make dumb protest decisions

My brother hunts with beagles. The best photo he ever sent was of a “heap ‘o hounds,” four dogs collapsed together, a hilarious pile of big paws, long ears, and sensitive noses, sleeping in blissful, oblivious contentment. “It’s good to be part of a pack,” my brother observed. Viewing coverage of the protests by scientists … Continue reading Smart scientists make dumb protest decisions

Whose right is it anyway?

“I’m not cold; I don’t need gloves.” Parents hear this every winter: “I don’t need a coat.” “I’m not cold.” “My hat? I left it in my locker at school. I wasn’t cold.” I was brought up hearing “Kids don’t feel the cold.” It’s true, they don’t – not to the same degree adults do, … Continue reading Whose right is it anyway?

Missing Childrens’ Bones: Listen to Kevin Annett, who has been searching for decades

Preamble for my friends and readers: When I had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Annett last year, I expressed the same confusion most Canadians feel: “But Stephen Harper apologized for the Residential Schools. There was a Truth and Reconciliation Committee which worked for years. Didn’t Canada address this issue?” Because I personally knew several … Continue reading Missing Childrens’ Bones: Listen to Kevin Annett, who has been searching for decades

Thoughts and Words, Life and Death

    This week, we are trying to absorb the news that a high school student in Hamilton was stabbed to death in front of his mother, by two students who clearly believed they could get away murder. Where would young people get the idea they can get away with murder, on school grounds, in … Continue reading Thoughts and Words, Life and Death

Patrick Brown. Anonymous interviews. 2018 is ROUGH.

I don’t like Patrick Brown; I never have. We were in Ottawa at the same time, when he was a lacklustre backbencher, never rising above the level of an unassigned MP. One of my friends worked on his Leadership campaign; she quit a few months in, thoroughly unimpressed. As leader, his flip-flops on sex education … Continue reading Patrick Brown. Anonymous interviews. 2018 is ROUGH.

Let me flag some information for you…

  When I was a political staffer in Ontario, the Protocol Office was run by a brilliant and fabulous man, Ernesto Feu. He had a dramatic accent and an exceedingly generous nature; calling him to ask a question on provincial, national or international protocol was always a delightful experience. “Thank you for calling! I am … Continue reading Let me flag some information for you…

Statues no problem for Obama – why?

There is no happier day for a political activist, a paid lobbyist or a concerned citizen than the day a government which shares their views is elected to office. Whether you are an environmentalist fighting for protections, a business owner hoping for lower taxes, or a beleaguered driver who despises photo radar, the day “your” … Continue reading Statues no problem for Obama – why?

Fake news, around forever

Fake news? In 1998 when my son Tom was in Grade 8 he attended a special program at Holy Name School at Danforth and Carlaw in Toronto. I was working for the Minister of Education in the Mike Harris government. It was a chaotic time, but I always felt my kids supported me. One Friday … Continue reading Fake news, around forever