Tag Archives: Canada

The ghost of Stuart McLean describes Canada’s summer of 2017

For optimal effect, please read aloud in front of an enthusiastic live audience of your choosing. It’s a beautiful morning. The kind of morning that makes you want to leap out of bed, put on an old record and wake … Continue reading

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Pretty happy people

According to a recent poll, two-thirds of Canadians are “pretty happy.” This to me is the perfect Canadian answer. When you ask a Canadian “How are you?” nine times out of ten, the answer will be “pretty good.” Not “great,” … Continue reading

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Consider the lob$ter

Canada has a metric system the way it has universal health care: it’s mostly theoretical and not everybody gets it. Really, we’re metric in air quotes. Like most Canadians, I do my hot weather in Celsius and my frozen pizzas … Continue reading

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Bill C-51: The C Stands for ‘Conniving’

Canada’s proposed anti-terrorism law, Bill C-51 (“The ‘C’ Stands for ‘Could Happen’”) is receiving wide support across the country. There are some, though, who say it doesn’t go far enough, while others feel the Harper government is both exploiting and … Continue reading

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Nothing to #declare

Question from a Canada Customs agent as I returned from the U.S.: “About the ebola virus, anything changed for you, Mr. Murray?” Well, really, it depends on your definition of “change.” Change is constant, and in terms of ebola, it’s … Continue reading

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A stiff one

Winter in Canada: an endless, bleak landscape of snow and cold, without hope or pity, the unrelenting harshness chipping away at your very humanity – unless you’re a visitor to our fair province, in which case, “Bienvenue! Joie d’hiver! Pull … Continue reading

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Tougher language laws in Quebec? Oh joie…

Quebec’s minister in charge of language is reported to have said that Quebecers should expect tougher language laws if the Parti Québécois wins a majority in the next election. Diane De Courcy didn’t even say “new and improved,” so you … Continue reading

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