September 1, 2014

Immersive course in the American way of life

Before arriving there as part of the big push, Brad Katsuyama had never laid eyes on Wall Street or New York City. It was his first immersive course in the American way of life, and he was instantly struck by how different it was from the Canadian version. "Everything was to excess," he says. "I met more offensive people in a year than I had in my entire life. People lived beyond their means, and the way they did it was by going into debt. That's what shocked me the most. Debt was a foreign concept in Canada. Debt was evil."

November 5, 2013

Two Canadiens

Stephen J. Harper makes other observations that will fascinate regular hockey fans.

The original Canadiens franchise of 1909, he notes, went dormant in 1910 and was replaced by another Canadiens franchise; the original franchise was sold to Toronto, where it became the progenitor of the Maple Leafs.

"How incomprehensible, then, it would be to the average fan of the Leafs or the Habs to discover that these seemingly eternal adversaries are descended from a common ancestor," Harper writes.

June 1, 2012

Alberta Highway 63

They cannot just say, 'Call police, change the roads.' All that may be true, but the immediate control for their safety rests with the drivers themselves. That has to be impressed up-on them. That culture has to be established.

-- Grande Prairie Mayor Bill Given

March 13, 2012


To this day I rely on my Twitter followers for arcane information, most recently some updates on the vernacular speech of the young. Who knew that "sick" is the new "awesome," and that "epic" is the rightful substitute for "amazing?" Twitter knew.

-- Margaret Atwood

December 30, 2008

SWPL talks

Upper middle class, left wing elites -- my people.
-- Christian Lander

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December 26, 2008

Queen's Christmas message, 2008

Use prosperity and good fortune for the benefit of others -- the community and nation.