Whew! I’ve finished.

In case you've been wondering why I haven't posted any book reviews lately it's because I've been ploughing through Edge of Eternity, the third book in Ken Follett's Century trilogy. There's nothing I love better than a great big fat book but at eleven hundred pages this one took some time. Follett's epic fictionalized accounts of real life events are always educational, entertaining, tantalizing and engrossing. The first book, Fall of Giants was, I thought, the best. Covering world events from the beginning of the twentieth century to about 1925,…

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Internships should not be a free ride

Like many people, I was appalled by the comments made recently by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. He suggested unemployed young people should seek out free internships or volunteer work while they're looking for employment. Who else but an out-of-touch well-off middle-aged white guy could make such a stupid statement. Let me state right now that I am strongly opposed to unpaid internships and here are my reasons why: I believe it's a form of slave labour and is exploitative. I think it's shameful for employers to expect human…

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Never cry rape

Reva Seth and Lucy DeCoutere deserve a medal for their courage in coming forward with their accusations about Jian Ghomeshi. Recent evidence indicates Ghomeshi's behaviour had been witnessed by many people over the years and for various reasons they chose to remain silent or no action was taken. The ensuing media attention has heightened awareness about the frequency of assaults on women and men and I can only hope that our politicians and law enforcement with the support of citizens in general start to do something to correct the situation.…

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A part of Canada still lives in Dieppe

Whenever Canadians hear the word "Dieppe" they are reminded of August 19, 1942, described by the Canadian Veterans' Association as: "one of the most devastating and bloody chapters in Canadian military history. Of the 4,963 Canadians who embarked from England for the operation, only 2,210 returned, and many of them were wounded. Casualties totaled 3,367, including 916 dead and 1,946 prisoners of war." Under the guise of attempting to capture a German Enigma coding machine, the Allied forces consisting mainly of Canadians were launched on to the shores of the…

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Here we go again ladies

It seems they're not listening to me so I'm going to keep condemning companies that continue to glorify grossly Photoshopped, tall thin bodies as being the ideal. Not surprisingly, Victoria's Secret is taking a lot of heat about their new campaign entitled "The Perfect Body" that shows unrealistic body shapes as being the standard perfect body we should all strive for. While I never shop at Victoria's Secret as I'm not a fan of their frou frou frillies and the uncomfortable fit, I think they're losing hundreds of thousands of…

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Canadian sacrifices at Beny-sur-mer still inspire

After my recent post about the murder of Canadians at the Abbey d'Ardennes monastery near Caen, France on June 7, 1944, I received the following note from another member of our tour group. For some reason, when we were leaving the garden area, I stopped by a tree that had a Nova Scotia flag and a piece of paper in a plastic sleeve pinned on it . I was so surprised to see a copy of a prayer delivered there in 1967 by my uncle, Maj. CF Kennedy. My cousin,…

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