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October 20  • 

WINTER IS COMING, ER, UM..DELAYED

I was in the middle of writing a rant on how everything’s going to hell…and then Calgary went ahead and re-elected Nenshi. The idea for this piece...

August 29  • 

STORM OVER SALT SPRING? OR HOT AIR RISING?

(Salt Spring Islanders will hold a referendum September 9th on whether to incorporate as a municipality. With a year-round population...


August 8  • 

OPEN LETTER TO ALBERTA

Hello from Salt Spring Island. It’s another beautiful day here. One of the things I love about living here is, inherent in the culture, the...

July 19  • 

HORGAN SOCIALIST HORDE SWORN IN

Surely the end of Confederation, Pipelines, and Life As We Know It! I jest, of course… John Horgan has been sworn in as the 36th premier of BC. He and...


July 14  • 

THE THREE WHO MADE THE BIG 8 GREAT

(In honour — or honor, for our American readers — of this weekend’s commemoration of the “fiftieth anniversary” of CKLW Radio, this is part two of my...

July 13  • 

“AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING!”

I don’t often write about radio. At its best, radio is theatre of the mind. It provides only sound. It requires the listener’s imagination to create...


July 4  • 

DEAR JASON, BRIAN, AND DEREK:

This is an open letter to one wannabe and two current Alberta MLAs who should know better, from a former MLA who does. I’m ashamed of you. Here are a...

July 1  • 

A GOOD DAY TO BE CANADIAN

So here we are. It’s first thing in the morning as I begin to write this. The sun’s up, there’s a little mist right over the water, the sailboats lie at...


June 6  • 

POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE, VOL. 2

There’s a bumper sticker around these parts that reads, “Don’t change Salt Spring Island – Let Salt Spring Island Change You”. It’s a message...

May 30  • 

“NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING!”

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that yesterday was a gloriously sunny, warm day here on Salt Spring; that the Greens announced they were casting their...