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Dr. D. — on the SpongeBob case!

It's hard to keep up with everything, especially as you get older. There just seems to be so much going on, all around us. So, when I began hearing about SpongeBob SquarePants from these little ones during my stint as Santa Claus in the month before Christmas, I had to find out what in heaven's name they were talking about. About every third youngster wanted Santa to bring them something to do with this cartoon character.

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The Last Canadian Capitalist

It was just over a month ago, a foggy, grey November 11 in Vancouver. The self-described Last Canadian Capitalist gazes at the cruise ship he’ll soon take to Hong Kong — never, he says, to return.

Michael Walker, formerly of the Fraser Institute, a pro-business think tank, resumes his waterfront stroll and explains his imminent exile to a visiting U.S. reporter.

He chose the day — Remembrance Day, in Canada — deliberately.

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Martha's away and Henry will play

(Editor's note: Martha and Henry — Ralph Klein's imaginary Albertans — have changed roles this month. The Alberta government has suddenly made a change to the Employment Standards that will now allow 12- and 13-year-old Albertans to work in restaurants. Now children can go from working at their elementary school's School Patrol straight into working at their local McDonald's.

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Birds of a Feather

Statistics Canada unleashed a furor in the House of Commons last week with the release of a new report on the migration patterns of the Canada Goose. In the study, based on data collected over the last year, StatsCan found that millions of Canada Geese migrate to the U.S. in an apparent attempt to find “greener pastures.”

Stephen Harper, leader of the Official Opposition, took the Liberal government to task for neglecting this apparent Canada Goose drain. “Every year we loose some of our geese because of this government’s wasteful habits.

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Memo to Bush: The case for invading Canada

MEMO
TO: The President of the United States
FROM: Steven Laffoley

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Do No Harm

Now that March is upon us, I’m guessing there are a fair number of folks out there who are trying to forget that they ever made that one, really tough, New Year’s resolution.

You know the one I’m talking about. It might be hidden behind a vague intention to “try to be nicer.” Or perhaps it’s crouching ashamed between a brace of healthy indulgences, like “I’ll stick to lite beer this year” and “I will sleep in till noon every Sunday.”

Yep, I’m talking about The Big One.

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O Michaëlle Jean, I want to lick your boots

Your Excellency the Right Honorable Mme. Michaëlle Jean: I just want to say that it is so cool to have you as our Governor-General!

Like John Ibbitson in The Globe and Mail, Andrew Coyne in the National Postand countless other gushers of purple prose in the media punditry, I am sogoddamn proud that when it comes to choosing a local stand-in for ourdynastic monarch, we only go for the best.

You are such an inspiration to all us colonial plebs, Your Excellency. Justlooking at you, it's so obvious why you were chosen.

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The Gay Divorcé

Discovery and Disclosure of Assets

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Electricity quotas: an idea whose time has come?

In a 2006 survey by the Dominion Institute, 72% of Canadians said they believe that, by 2020, global warming will have become the greatest crisis facing humankind. While the cause of global warming is still being debated in a few dusty corners, the scientific mainstream believes that global warming is caused by our continued and expanding use of fossil fuels. This crisis seems exacerbated by the apparent lack of political will, in Canada and the US to address the cause of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), the combustion of fossil fuels to produce energy.

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Courageous experts call for Martin quarantine

On Friday, June 13, in Montreal, a team of courageous medical experts gathered at local MP and potential Prime Minister Paul Martinâe(TM)s office to undertake the dangerous task of quarantining the multi-millionaire before the final Liberal leadership debate.

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