Greg Mercer


Canadians shared a baseball moment, from coast to coast

October 24, 2015
Canadians shared a baseball moment, from coast to coast

My mother’s voice bounced in over the phone, two provinces away. “The Blue Jays won the World Series!” she said. She is not, as you may have guessed, a big follower of baseball. The Blue Jays had not won the World Series, but only the division series by defeating Texas in the first round...
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Metalworks the kind of project we should cheer

September 17, 2015
Metalworks the kind of project we should cheer

The yuppies are coming, and that’s a good thing. Ground was officially broken last week on the ambitious Metalworks project, which aims to redevelop the eight-acre former W.C. Wood site on Arthur Street into a 600-unit urban village complete with park land, commercial space, condos and townhomes. Critics complain that it will change the...
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A cheapskate shells out for his team

September 17, 2015
A cheapskate shells out for his team

I’m thrilled to be cheering for a winning Blue Jays club this late in the season. Really, I am. But this suddenly compelling Toronto team is really testing my cheapskate nature. As a dedicated penny-pincher, it’s clashing two of my strongest impulses: watching baseball and saving money. As a Blue Jays fan, it’s been...
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On the profound impact of fathers

July 29, 2015
On the profound impact of fathers

We lived just two houses apart, but we might as well have lived in separate worlds. He was a foster kid, and for a few months he stayed down the road with my neighbours, who were constantly opening their house to children who needed a loving, safe place to live. He was like a...
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Let’s hear it for the Guelph park pipeline!

July 29, 2015
Let’s hear it for the Guelph park pipeline!

Now this is progress. It looks like city engineers have finally discovered a way to rid our beloved Royal City Park of those irritating kayakers, canoers, baseball players and lawn bowlers we’ve all been complaining about. For far too long, the riverside park in the heart of the city has been overrun with residents...
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Our sex-ed curriculum was as unsexy as it gets

May 25, 2015
Our sex-ed curriculum was as unsexy as it gets

The principal shuffled in, looked at the floor, and sighed. Our teachers practically ran out of the room. Whatever we were about to be taught, it must have been important. They had already segregated the girls and sent them off to another part of the school, and had corralled the boys in the library....
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Turning the page on toxic site’s dirty legacy

March 9, 2015
Turning the page on toxic site’s dirty legacy

For a long time, it was one of the largest employers in the city, a place where hundreds earned paycheques making iron castings — while we ignored the environmental consequences of that dirty work. But that was many years ago. Today, the 13-acre former International Malleable Iron Company site is a polluted, ugly blight...
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Who needs vaccines when you can just eat organic kale?

March 9, 2015
Who needs vaccines when you can just eat organic kale?

I heard from my friend Larry at spin class that vaccines can cause autism. It’s true, because he read it on a blog. Larry’s a pretty informed guy. He’s vegan, after all. There’s been a lot of debate in the news lately about vaccines and whether they’re safe. Media-types have been lining up physicians...
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