Archive for June, 2010

Auto Tune this column

June 30, 2010
Auto Tune this column

Guelph Mercury, 30/06/10 No, robots have not taken over your radio. It’s just the Auto Tune era, making its —hopefully—last few gasps for air. If you’ve accidentally stumbled on a pop song on the radio in the past few years, you’ve likely heard Auto Tune at work. It’s that comically artificial, mechanical singing sound...
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Fun sheriff cancels patio party

June 24, 2010
Fun sheriff cancels patio party

Guelph Mercury, 23/06/10 Let’s hear it for the fun sheriff. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has crashed the party once again, and this time they’re after Guelph’s downtown sidewalk patios. The provincial agency that regulates alcohol sales in Ontario says downtown restaurants that have sidewalk patios not abutting their entrances are breaking...
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Steroids: coming to a gym near you

June 21, 2010
Steroids: coming to a gym near you

Guelph Mercury, 16/06/10 Back in March, police in Waterloo went looking for stolen property. What they found was a closet pharmacy that ended up sinking an entire football team. Three months later, players from the Waterloo Warriors stood in a hallway outside a press conference they were barred from, trying to keep from crying....
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Taking the man to (small claims) court

June 10, 2010
Taking the man to (small claims) court

Guelph Mercury, 06/09/10 Next time the man pushes you around, check your wallet. If you’ve got $75, you can fight back. Small Claims Court has been long called The People’s Court, but now it’s really starting to look like it. From medical negligence to car crashes and police brutality, the cases are piling up....
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Leaving the cave behind

June 2, 2010
Leaving the cave behind

Guelph Mercury, 02/06/10 A funny thing happened to a friend of mine a few years ago. I went to visit him and his wife at their new home, their first home, and was stunned by how nice it was. There was art on the walls, flowers on the table and nice dishes in the...
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