Greg Mercer


Ice storms, planes and automobiles

January 7, 2014
Ice storms, planes and automobiles

The first bad omen came when the lights went out. It was just hours before I was to board a flight for New Brunswick, when the Dec. 22 ice storm descended on Ontario, knocking out power, throwing whole neighbourhoods into the dark and wreaking havoc on anyone with travel plans. Predictably, a “flight cancelled”...
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Don’t underestimate the pull of our roots

December 14, 2013
Don’t underestimate the pull of our roots

Jack MacDonald’s story seems torn from the pages of a movie script. For years, he hid his wealth behind the carefully constructed image of a penny-pinching man who clipped coupons, rode the bus and wore ragged sweaters. He lived for bargains, and kept his wallet full of discount offers and other deals. MacDonald could...
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Let’s keep this TiCats love going

December 10, 2013
Let’s keep this TiCats love going

I went to a rainstorm the other day and a football game broke out. Our adopted Canadian Football League team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played their last game in Guelph earlier this month in conditions that were perfectly, and awfully, fitting for late-season Canadian football. Thirteen thousand fans were greeted by screaming winds, driving rain,...
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I have never tried cookies – next question

November 14, 2013
I have never tried cookies – next question

Ahem. Good afternoon. I’d like to thank you all for coming to this news conference. I’m sure by now that everybody has heard the allegations against me involving the cookies that have disappeared from the cupboard. I wish I could come out and defend myself, but unfortunately I can’t because it’s before the courts...
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Hey kids, who has money for playgrounds?

October 13, 2013
Hey kids, who has money for playgrounds?

It was a bad week to be a taxpayer, and I imagine you all know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s right. Local children are once again wasting our hard-earned money. Some background. A report that came before Guelph city council this week suggested more than half of the city’s playgrounds will need to...
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Thanks for nothing, modern life

September 24, 2013
Thanks for nothing, modern life

So there I was, eating a gluten-free bagel, sipping on ethically harvested acai berry juice and sending out another status update on Facebook, when it occurred to me: Am I happy? I mean, truly, deeply, fantastically, organically happy? I think I am. I’m healthy, have a beautiful wife and a good dog, a warm...
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A few words of advice

September 17, 2013
A few words of advice

This month, I’ve been blessed with two tiny little nephews. I’m bowled over by how small and innocent and adorable these little guys are, and how over the moon with joy their exhausted parents seem. Their arrival into this world has me thinking I ought to do something wise and fitting of an uncle....
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Falling from the sky

July 22, 2013
Falling from the sky

  LAS VEGAS – The man behind me tapped my shoulder. “Just out of curiosity, how much do you weigh?” he shouted. Normally, this would be an unusual thing for a man to ask another stranger. But at the moment, we were climbing high above the Nevada desert in a roaring, single-engine cargo plane...
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