Archive for March 2009

Capitalism, socialism, and democracy in Obama’s America

Mar 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: USA Today

TORONTO, CANADA. Monday, March 23, 2009. At some points in the history of your own time you realize that if you keep taking the mass media seriously you will probably contract some dread disease. (In Canada of course our mass media are so modest that it is sometimes hard work just to find them on […]

The short unhappy life of Ernest Hemingway

Mar 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Entertainment

I discovered Ernest Hemingway’s lean and evocative writing as a teenager in high school. For a few years he was the hero of my adolescence. Then he blew his head off with a shotgun in 1961. By 1964, when his memoir of his triumphant young adulthood in Paris was published posthumously, I had left Hemingway […]

Are the Mounties getting too many men who don’t need to be got?

Mar 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Canadian Provinces

Gordon Gibson had a column in the Vancouver Sun earlier this week, urging that British Columbia should stop re-negotiating its contract for provincial police services with the RCMP – and re-establish the old BC Provincial Police, disbanded back in 1950. (As matters stand, only Ontario and Quebec now have their own police forces. All eight […]