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Honest Politicians and Truthful Spies

Note: This column was first posted 12 Oct. 2013. [The claim by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff that Canada is committing “cyberwar” by spying on her country’s mining ministry has provoked hysterical suggestions that our spy agencies are running amok. The chorus of condemnation from opposition politicians and peaceniks has […]

What Middle Class? (Note: This column was first published 20 Oct. 2014) [Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is signalling the tax cuts promised by the Conservative government could lead to a political showdown ahead of the 2015 federal election. Trudeau suggested in an interview today with CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada that a Liberal […]

Canada’s Flag Turns 50

(note: this article was first published 14Feb.2015) I was 15. I remember mother standing at the kitchen sink, rinsing dishes.  It was her habit to read the Globe and Mail line by line, front to back and, on this occasion, she had been reading about the flag being proposed to […]

Error Message H1005

What is error message H1005?  If you have Bell Fibe, as I do, this error message is displayed at the top of the blue screen.  Maybe for you, this arises a few times a year.  The message instructs you to turn off ‘the receiver,’ wait 5 seconds, then turn it […]