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Canada, Mighty in Humility

Overhead on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio this week:

“I think that it’s part of being Canadian: we show our Canadian pride by being reserved about and humble about our pride…. The fact that we’re humble rings true. We’re so humble we shy away from regularly appreciating and suppporting ourselves.”

Is there any way to successfully [...]

Lecture

And listen well!

(“Winston Churchill” by Oscar Nemon on the grounds of the Halifax Memorial Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Canadian Catholic Censorship Gone Wild!

The Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School issued an invitation to comic Dawn Whitwell to participate in its new anti-bullying program, but revoked the invitation yesterday, after it found out that Whitwell is a lesbian. [...]

Canadian School Elevated Above The Rainbow

The St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall, Ontario has banned rainbows out of fear that rainbows could encourage students to become gay. The school also took money from an unofficial student group seeking to fund a GLBT support line, and gave the money to a Catholic organization instead. [...]

Canada Pushes for Georges Bank Oil Drilling Ban. What Will Maine Do? Ask Paul LePage.

Bob Gustafson of Working Waterfront reports this week that fisheries officials in Canada are pulling together a coalition to promote a permanent ban on oil drilling in the Georges Bank that lies offshore in the Gulf of Maine, south of Nova Scotia and southeast of the state of Maine. Georges Bank has historically been one [...]

Let T-Shirt Monster Know You Want Control Over the Shirts You Sell

T-Shirt Monster is a Canadian company that prints graphic designs on t-shirts and ships them out to customers on demand. For every t-shirt that T-Shirt Monster sells, the person who came up with the graphic design on the shirt gets a commission, making the print-on-demand model a good way for designers and T-Shirt Monster to [...]

Here's My Chance to Shine in Ottawa

Best spam received today: notification that I’ve been invited to be featured in the next publication of Who’s Who in Canada. I’d really rather appear on the pages of Who’s Who in Majorca.

Nut Cracked by University. Fish Waves Hands. Which is Stranger?

Stanley Fish doesn’t like the idea of unrestrained academic freedom. And in a gesture against the idea of unrestrained academic freedom, Stanley Fish points at the case of a tenured professor in Canada who said all sorts of wild things about how classes on particular subjects should be taught on other subjects instead, and how [...]

Audubon, Lands' End, Paper and the Boreal Forest

Last year, I received a thoughtful gift of membership in the Audubon Society, an non-profit organization that advocates for conservation-friendly policies, manages conservation areas and engages in educational programs on ecology and environmental management. Along with that membership, which helps sustain the activities of Audubon, comes Audubon magazine.

In the January-February 2009 issue of Audubon [...]

And I Know One Belgian Who'd Like to Give Bush a Pony

How desperate have Bush partisans become in their efforts to rescue the legacy of George W. Bush? The indomitable Ted Belman recently sent me an e-mail with the title: “Three Canadians Praise Bush Legacy.” Glory be! Three!

Video Proves North American Union Superhighway Exists!

Let scoffers scoff. Show them this video as proof of the plan to build transportation routes from Canada to Mexico right through the United States, through the sovereign territory of the USA! The NAFTA superhighway, the North American Superhighway, the North American Union – whatever you want to call it, this video provides the best evidence to date for its existence. [...]