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Please, Wolf Blitzer

I don’t imagine that I am alone when I watch CNN coverage of President Trump so there may be other viewers who, like me, are fussy about grammar and cringe or grimace with every error.  Wolf Blitzer, who grew up in Buffalo New York, learned English in an American school. […]

Grand-parenting as a Second Chance

The past seven months have been an enlightening experience.  The nickname ‘grampa’ feels comfortable. A rapport with James has been much easier than I thought it would be in the months leading to his arrival. Vera and I offered to help with James from the beginning, as much in tribute […]

Criminal Justice May Seem Alien to Aboriginals

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged that his government will reform how juries are selected in Canada so that Indigenous people can “once again” have confidence in the criminal justice system. Trudeau made the commitment in the House of Commons Wednesday after addressing the family of Colten Boushie, the 22-year-old […]

Remembering Peter Shepel

Twenty years ago today,  Vera’s brother Peter was buried. He was 42.  (In the image on the left, Peter occupies the centre, with Vera on his right, and brother John on his left.)  He had been diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) at the tender age of 14. He wasn’t expected […]

Remember Polish Independence Day

On 11 November Poland celebrates the National Independence Day. The date commemorates events from 1918 when Poland regained its independence after 123 years of partitions. Since 1795 Poland was divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. The World War I which ended in 1918, was a defeat to all those major […]