Pierre Poilievre’s biggest selling point is who he isn’t

So, Pierre Poilievre has been anointed as the new leader of the Conservative Party, and by an overwhelming majority. Canadians will now have to learn how to pronounce and even spell this guy’s name (go ahead, try to spell it without looking at this paragraph). Unlike the two previous Conservative leaders, Poilievre has a real… Continue reading Pierre Poilievre’s biggest selling point is who he isn’t

Canada-Russia ’72: When Canada stopped

Today, September 2nd, marks the 50th anniversary of Game 1 of the Canada-Russia Summit Series, the single greatest sporting event of all time. An exaggeration? I don’t think so. Just ask any old-timer who remembers the Summit Series.  It’s now five decades since Canada and Russia faced off in the most gut-wrenching, confidence-shattering, and ultimately… Continue reading Canada-Russia ’72: When Canada stopped

Alberta ‘children assigned female at birth’ names 2021: From Aabha to Zyrie

Last week, we looked at Alberta baby boy names for 2021. This week, let’s look at baby girl names, or, as the Postmedia story stated with an apparently straight face, “children assigned female at birth”. Seriously. We can’t even use the term ‘baby girl’ anymore?  The top girl names were as predictable as mosquitoes in… Continue reading Alberta ‘children assigned female at birth’ names 2021: From Aabha to Zyrie

Alberta boy names 2021. From A to Zyril.

Every year around this time, the Alberta government releases lists of every name given to babies born in the previous year. The media tends to concentrate on the top 10 names (Noah, Jack, Oliver, Liam, Theodore, William, Ethan, Levi, Benjamin, Henry for boys; Olivia, Charlotte, Ava, Emma, Amelia, Sophia, Isla, Abigail, Chloe, Evelyn for girls).… Continue reading Alberta boy names 2021. From A to Zyril.

A Canadian quiz for our delicate times

Happy 155th birthday, Canada! To quote from the great Russian philosopher, Yakov Smirnoff, what a country! In honour of the birthday of this semi-great dominion (I’m sorry, is the term ‘dominion’ considered offensive today?), I present for your edification and enlightenment the utter unofficial All-Canadian Quiz. Please note that the quiz has been updated to… Continue reading A Canadian quiz for our delicate times