O Canada, Who are You?

I have been increasingly forlorn as I read about the culture wars erupting in Europe. Unassimilated Muslim youths in France torch cars. Cartoons of...

My Friday Nights

Belinda Stronach is in the news again. Her lack of attention span, as demonstrated in both her political and romantic escapades, has again reared...

A Hard Day’s Work

Over a century ago, Mark Twain summed up the teenage mindset when he quipped: “At 18 I thought my father was an idiot. By...

Family Values: Evil and Odd

Around or about 1665, Sir Isaac Newton, so the story goes, was resting outside under an apple tree, when a big red one landed...

Wishful Economics 101

Modern economic practice involves a lot of wishful thinking. Many politicians believe that you can spend billions bailing out car companies and auto unions,...

Doing a Parent’s Job

I love the Ontario Catholic School Boards. We all owe them a debt of gratitude, whether we’re Catholic or not. They took one look...

Unaccompanied Parents

A few years ago, while flying to Vancouver from Toronto, I had a case of déjà vu. Seated in the row in front of...

Too “busy” for family?

The answer to that age-old question, “How are you?” has traditionally been “I’m fine.” Over the last few years, though, I’ve noticed a new...

Passport to Confusion

This week I joined the frenzy of Canadians applying for passports. With our southern neighbour’s change of rules, multitudes are scurrying to secure the...

A Teacher or a Jailer?

Earning a high school diploma is key to ensuring one’s future economic well-being. Incomes for people without high school diplomas have been shrinking over...

Fatherhood

In the recently released movie Knocked Up, professional journalist Alison discovers she is pregnant from a drunken one-night stand with loser Ben. She doesn’t...

Spoiled Rotten Robin

All week we’ve been watching an extremely obese baby robin who lives outside our dining room window. He’s out of the nest, but he...

Just Between Moms

On Sunday many of you will be greeted in bed with slobbery kisses, watery coffee, and soggy cereal. Having been forced many times to...

A Christmas Carol

Last week, at a Starbucks in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a woman at the drive-thru paid not just for her drinks, but for the drinks for...

A Prayer Through Tears

In a few days I’ll take my girls to the cemetery, for one of our regular visits on the anniversary of their brother’s death....