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Vote for Duncan!

We accompanied Duncan to his Christmas photo shoot with the lovely and talented Jamie Wolfe Phillips from Digital Impressions. It was a fundraiser hosted by Duncan’s vet clinic – the Merivale Cat Hospital – in support of the Cat Rescue Network.

Now we have to choose our favourite photo from among these four and we […]

Ask Me Anything #2: Marigold's Quandary

This question was sent by email from someone who prefers to remain anonymous, so we’ll call her Marigold.

Marigold recently won an overnight stay for two at a local hotel, breakfast included, valued at $160.

Marigold’s sole source of income is ODSP, which is Ontario’s social assistance plan for people with disabilities. It’s more generous than regular […]

Poll: Banana ethics

You know how everybody has distinct preferences when it comes to buying bananas? For example, my homeless friend Dave X likes his bananas “lightly freckled.” I prefer mine still tinged with green. Because of that, I only like to buy three bananas at a time.

Which brings me to a dilemma.

When I’m choosing bananas, […]

Your childhood - a poll

Just curious….did you have a good childhood?

If you’re reading this in a feed reader or email, you’ll need to visit to answer the poll question. Rest assured, all responses are anonymous.

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Poll: The Chief's Choice

Police Chief Vern White has left the country to attend his own wedding and honeymoon. The timing is pretty awful, but he had no way of knowing in advance that his wedding date would conflict with the breaking loose of all hell for the Ottawa Police.

David Reevely says the Chief should have stayed home. That’s […]

Protest, politics, and should we steal the babies?

On Wednesday GC and I attended a demonstration outside the police station, to show our support for the democratic rights of freedom of assembly and free speech. Also: to show our concern about how Harper, McGuinty and the police mishandled the protest in Toronto.

Personally, I find it utterly contemptible that Toronto’s police chief lied […]

The aliens are coming

The other day I heard that Stephen Hawking thinks there’s probably life elsewhere in the universe, and it’s going to come to Earth with a bad attitude. Chances are, he said, that it will have used up its own planet and will want to conquer us and colonize Earth with its own kind.

Given this […]

Do you drink tap water?

Have you heard that the City of Ottawa intends to spend over a million bucks to encourage us to drink Ottawa’s tap water? Among other things, they’re going to buy two Watermobiles to deliver water to us at festivals and events, and they’re going to make a video about how great our tap water is.

What’s […]

What do you take? A poll.

It’s been awhile since we had a poll.

I’m just chewing on a Vitamin C and wondering how many of us take supplements.

Me, I take a multi-vitamin, plus Vitamin D (to prevent cancer), and calcium (to prevent osteoporosis). I just added a few chewable Vitamin C tablets to the regime (for stress).

Throughout my life […]

A poll: Would you like to go back to school?

If I were to win the lottery, I think I’d like to travel for a year or two and then become a student.

There are lots of things I’d love to study, starting with creative writing, political economy, mass communications, art history, fine arts, literature, pottery, cabinetmaking, and chemistry.

Years ago I completed a vocational […]