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Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down

My paternal grandfather was a very smart man. He was educated in an expensive Catholic boarding school, on the Quebec classical college model. Get enough rye into him, and he could recite passages of Classical literature in Latin. But he also had some strange beliefs. For example, there were four giant grain elevators in his … Read moreKick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down

Running for mayor of the Potemkin Village

In the reign of Catherine the Great, the Russian empress had a lover who also happened to be a decent general and a capable administrator. Grigory Potemkin also had a lot of enemies, and they claimed he would create false-front villages along Russian roads to impress foreign visitors. Behind these facades, Russians lived in squalor.Apparently, … Read moreRunning for mayor of the Potemkin Village

White Savio(u)rs and Disgrunts: Gripers gotta gripe

A couple of years back, the women employees of Canadaland walked out in a huff. They said they were underpaid, under-respected, and just fed up. One went public about how she was so poorly-paid that, even with side work, she couldn’t afford new clothes or the equipment to do journalism. A while back, Canadaland’s employees … Read moreWhite Savio(u)rs and Disgrunts: Gripers gotta gripe

The media often gets criminal law wrong

I wrote a series of articles last summer on Canadaland’s dismal attempt to trash one of this country’s most important and valued charities. Today, I am posting an example of a piece where a Canadaland writer got the story right. Mainstream media portrayed a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision as a license for drunks … Read moreThe media often gets criminal law wrong