Like father, like son . . .

Canada's federal election last fall marked a much-needed time of change. We needed to get rid of Harper and his brand of lite fascism, and Justin Trudeau seemed like a ray of sunshine, despite the fact I've long been a critic of his father's legacy. I clearly remember Trudeau mania the first time around and its resulting fiscal spiral downward. We're still paying for all that increasing debt to buy votes in the sixties, seventies and eighties. It's like making the minimum payment on your Visa every month—you can't actually…

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Is God really the way?

The April 13, 2015 issue of Maclean's magazine features a cover story that is both thought-provoking and brave. Entitled "Jesus Saves!" the article written by Brian Bethune puts forward the theory that religious faith may ultimately prove to be the key to happiness. Since my own feelings on organized religion have undergone a major change in the last few years, I approached the article with a degree of skepticism. Research by Lisa Miller, Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University in New York has shown a direct connection between the…

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Message received . . . and published

An article by Emma Teitel in the December 22, 2014 issue of Maclean's magazine about smoking in outdoor patios got my back up so I wrote a letter to the editor stating my case. And, they must have thought my comments were worthy of sharing as they published excerpts in their January 15, 2015 issue. In fact, they even took one of my comments as a "pull quote" at the top of the page. Bonus. For those of you who do not get Maclean's here's the link: (scroll down to…

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