Free speech again in peril

Friday, August 18, 2017 There is a graphic going around Facebook that illustrates the thinking of Karl Popper. The core of the graphic is Popper’s idea that unlimited tolerance leads to the victory of the intolerant and, therefore, intolerance. https://i.redd.it/tlyoidfqe3gz.png https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper That idea is being promoted this week in light of the events in Charlottesville […]

No Senate appointment for me

I had a birthday two weeks ago. As life goes on, our options rapidly shut down. For me, my dreams of playing for the Leafs in the NHL died by the time I was 13. The thought that I could be a rock star on the drums vanished soon after that. My adoration of Esther […]

Chris Daigle Eulogy – July 22, 2017

Chris Daigle Eulogy July 22, 2017 (Died July 16, 2017 Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome in the second century, said “It is not death that a man should fear, but never beginning to live”. I don’t know if Chris Daigle ever heard of Marcus Aurelius but she made certain his warning would never apply to […]

A modest Toronto proposal

Blog item 170514 A modest Toronto proposal I am in Toronto at present on a very sad family matter. I picked my hotel because there is a distinct possibility the direction I have to go each day may change from the south west of the city to the north east. I’m near Yonge and Dundas. […]

Miramichi’s choice October 19

Generally speaking, unlike some folks, I tend to like politicians. As a lifelong newspaperman, I saw so many of them work their way up via community service and various kinds of activism. I believe most of them have what they believe to be the best interests of Canada at heart. I also understand that they […]

Respect for dead protectors

When the three Mounties, Constables Fabrice Georges Gévaudan, Douglas James Larche and Dave Joseph Ross were assassinated in Moncton, I was already immersed in strong feelings about how precious life is and how many lives it cost for us to have the society we do. The 70th anniversary of D-Day was a horrifying reminder of […]

Grammar Nazis and Les Macramés

I am an aficionado of, not an expert in, English grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and good writing. As such, I cringe at so much of the writing in today’s print media. It irritates me when journalists and editors don’t know how to conjugate lie, lay and lie or know that they are three different verbs. I […]

Start old age security at birth

For years we have been hearing that the industrial age was near its end. The information age was on the horizon. Transition times are painful but, once the page has been turned, no one really wants to turn it back. When I first came to the Miramichi, the woods were full of leather-skinned, steel-boned, cable-muscled […]

Peddlers and premiers

Lebanese Canadians in Atlantic Canada (This is the original version of an article written for “Saltscapes” magazine and published in the January-February 2012 issue. The editors edited and amended it to meet their space and content requirements. Even this draft is less than half of the material volunteered by generous sources. I’m having trouble with […]

What is Smart showcase Miramichi?

For perhaps the first time ever, local teachers and students are taking the lead in the development of a powerful new tool for Miramichi tourism and business generally. Miramichi celebrated being named the world’s first Smart Showcase Community on June 1. District 16 teachers and students led the way. Just what does that mean and […]

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