Toronto Star wants people to report barbaric cultural practices

Not a single week goes by without some columnist, journalist, politician, etc. ridiculing the Conservative Party of Canada for its “hotline for barbaric cultural practices“, an idea that the party introduced towards the end of the federal election campaign in 2015. (Who cares about what happened in 2015? This is 2017, after all!) Continue reading “Toronto Star wants people to report barbaric cultural practices”

Quality in TV – Less is More

Cord-cutters, streamers, bingers… most of us have moved away from the traditional television model – “television by appointment”. Instead of watching a series episode by episode, week after week, interrupted by a hiatus here and there, we consume entire seasons in just a few days. Continue reading “Quality in TV – Less is More”

Let’s not give Amazon all the credit (and money)

Every day I read about how shopping malls are struggling, particularly in the United States. The most common explanation seems to be that people are doing most of their shopping online these days, such as on Amazon, while major department stores and malls are either scaling back or closing for good. Continue reading “Let’s not give Amazon all the credit (and money)”

Canada – either we are one country or we are not

When now-disgraced Andrew Potter wrote his diatribe against Québec and Québec society, calling it dysfunctional and lacking trust, he could not have got it more wrong. Yet, these days it seems that his observations were kind of appropriate – if applied to English Canada. Continue reading “Canada – either we are one country or we are not”

Brexit – do you prefer it hard or soft?

From our current vantage point, it is difficult to see any other outcome for Britain than “Brexit”. That Britain is set to leave the European Union (EU) in a couple of years seems almost certain. The only question that remains is: how hard or soft will the exit, and landing, be? Continue reading “Brexit – do you prefer it hard or soft?”