GC and I went to a workshop about transgender people at Venus Envy on Sunday night. It was part of Radical Queer weekend. I think we were arguably the oldest and straightest looking people there. Not only that, but because we were so old we got sleepy and had to leave during the break, [...]
It doesn’t surprise me that the Roman Catholic child sex abuse crimes and cover-ups go all the way up to the Pope. That seems to be how child sex abuse works in so many dysfunctional families, communities, and institutions. The entire community (or family, or institution) folds in on itself to cover and protect [...]
Last night CBC’s Sunday Edition hosted a community forum called “Tough Justice: Is the Harper agenda a phony war on crime?”
It drew a full house at the Gladstone Theatre. The first hour consisted of questions and answers posed by Michael Enright to the six panelists. The second hour was questions from the audience.
The panelists [...]
This is a rather significant anniversary week for me. A year ago on Tuesday the lump in my breast was discovered. (I didn’t start blogging about it until May, when it was officially diagnosed, but it was a year ago I learned I might have cancer.) A year ago tomorrow I lost my job of [...]
Mayor Larry wants to move the Voyageur/Greyhound bus station out to the east end, where the train station is. He says it’s because “a transportation hub combining train, buses and the city’s proposed light-rail transit would be good for all parties and would benefit Ottawa residents and visitors.”
This explanation doesn’t make sense to [...]
The first owl egg has pipped, so we should be getting an owlet within hours. You can watch the miracle of life here. (Right now Molly’s eating a rat.)
I keep the big computer on the owl cam all day long, in full-screen mode, and use the laptop for everything else. I keep a close eye [...]
Remember I was thinking about doing the Social Service Worker program at Algonquin? Well, it seems I’m ineligible for funding for retraining from the government. Actually, that’s not quite accurate – I’m eligible, but I’m not suitable.
It seems the Second Career program has three levels of assessment to determine whether someone qualifies to receive [...]
Wednesday we stumbled across porn at the Experimental Farm, and Thursday we stumbled upon a crime scene. It was tucked in amongst a few outbuildings over near Cow Lane. There were four marked police cars, three paramedic vehicles, one fire truck and a couple of unmarked vehicles.
Emergency personnel were swarming around a vehicle with [...]
One day back in the mid-90s, my friend Cynthia and I were talking about internet porn, since she was writing a paper about it. I was absent-mindedly surfing the net while we talked.
“I think it’s blown out of proportion,” I said. “I never accidentally stumble across porn on the internet.”
The instant I uttered those [...]