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Blowing off Boomers

Emma Teitel is regular columnist in Maclean’s Magazine who represents the voice of Canadian millennials, in case the rest of us don’t hear their whining. Her contribution to the December 22, 2014 issue entitled “Boomers: Do as I say, not as I did” had smoke coming out of my ears. Teitel condemns the new Ontario law that bans smoking on restaurant and bar patios and…

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It’s time for a change in attitude

Sheila Copps, Oprah Winfrey, Rufus Wainwright, Fran Drescher, Terri Hatcher and Meredith Viera are just some of the names of high-profile individuals who have admitted to being victims of sexual abuse or rape. Add to them to the list of victims speaking out against Bill Cosby and Jian Ghomeshi who are only two of the high-profile names of perpetrators. Sexual abuse of both genders has…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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