Archive for March, 2011

Maybe the Begging Bear attacked first

March 23, 2011
Maybe the Begging Bear attacked first

Before we gather up the horses and send out a lynch mob for the young men who hauled down Guelph’s beloved Begging Bear statue, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. I’ll admit the facts, on the surface, seem stacked against them. Last Friday night, witnesses saw a group of about 10 young...
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Our vulgar, new digital world

March 16, 2011
Our vulgar, new digital world

Michael Ignatieff’s “cotton-pickin’ minute” comment from last week never quite drew the outrage his political opponents hoped it would. The Conservatives said it was a racist slur; the Liberals it came from Bugs Bunny. And we all laughed at how our politicians love to become theatrically offended to gain political points. But a column...
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Barley shortage hitting us where it hurts

March 9, 2011
Barley shortage hitting us where it hurts

When food shortages caused people to revolt in Tunisia, then Egypt, we yawned. When the cost of corn, wheat and rice began climbing in the past year because of droughts, floods and a surge in demand from livestock and ethanol plants, we shrugged. But when a global shortage of grain finally hits us where...
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Confessions of a four-eyed squinter

March 2, 2011
Confessions of a four-eyed squinter

I never planned to have four eyes. I was fine with two, unaided eyeballs, squinting into the distance like an overacting extra in a Clint Eastwood movie. But genetics, as always, had other ideas. By the time I was in junior high, it was absolutely clear my eyesight was perfectly normal. The problem was...
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