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Increasingly, we are reading, seeing and hearing reports in the media about the clash that can result when human development and wildlife come up against each other. The spread of human habitation, farming and projects sometimes conflicts with wild animals'... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
C.W. Roberts is a contracting company based in Florida. They've come up with a simple, environmentally-friendly but seemingly effective way to deal with that monstrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two of the company's employees demonstrate how it... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken's ruling against the Conservative government on the Afghan detainee issue may be a victory for Parliament, and indeed for the democratic process. And that's important. But now what? This historic ruling in Canadian politics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Storm clouds, darker than usual, have apparently amassed at Canada's national public broadcaster. Morale is so bad it's described by one insider as "subterranean". As a former insider myself, I can vouch for the fact that the CBC's micro-climate has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Let's set the record (if you will) straight, since the Vatican has chosen to re-open this tempest in a chalice. When John Lennon remarked in March, 1966, about The Beatles that "...we're more popular than Jesus now..." he was right.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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In the current battle between the Ontario provincial government and pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart is distinguishing itself by virtue of its nasty behaviour. A brief recap: The Ontario government decided to ban rebates paid by drug companies to pharmacies for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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When I first heard of this group I thought they were a hip-hop or rap outfit. That was based on their name and the fact that they were opening for Roy Hargrove, whose concert I was going to see. Hargrove... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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My son is working on a college project in which he is to find aspects of George Orwell's 1984 mirrored in modern society. He asked me to cast an eye over his outline. Modern-day examples abound and I'm sure we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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So, do we have a new Liberal Party in Canada? Not exactly. But after a weekend convention in which the party tried to come up with enough ideas to constitute some sort of identifiable policy, we may have a start.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Mar 15, 2010
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Regular visitors to this blog may have noticed its recent inactivity. I've been off, recalibrating (including a ski trip to Banff). Upon return, there was nothing new of note. Life burbled on as usual. The house was still here, unchanged.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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One thing about this year's Academy Awards is they showed a good dollop of sense, something you can't always say about the ceremony. I'm referring to the fact that the Academy bucked the popular trend and shunned Avatar when it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Usually I don't spend much time commenting on local politics but let's consider, for a moment, the case of Adam Giambrone. The candidate for mayor of Toronto has run into a spot of bother over his personal relationships. To wit:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Hope for Haiti Now Various Artists This album, which was officially released today, is the recording of the musical performances from George Clooney's telethon of last Friday to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti. Anyone who saw the show... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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I suffer from a motor neuron disorder, in my case a variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Lou Gehrig's disease. Motor neuron disorders are far from rare: Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and a variety of lesser diseases all come under... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Well, the United States is really getting the hang of this war on terrorism. It's upped the ante. It's getting to the sharp, pointy end of the stick. There should be no more repeats of the airline incident over Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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For the second time in a year, Canada's minority government has prorogued, or suspended, Parliament for partisan reasons. On both occasions, Stephen Harper's Conservatives have found themselves in a jam they wanted to get out of. Last time they avoided... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Not all of these albums were released this year. Several came out in '08 and a couple in '07. However, they were all new to me in 2009 and are among the best of the albums I purchased over the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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I finally know, now, what I'm going to do with my retirement. The revelation arrived this morning in the mail, courtesy of the gnomes who run the pension plan of the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster. All retirees, it proudly stated,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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As hard as the government tries, it cannot make the furor over the Afghan detainee scandal go away. A brief bit of background: this all began when a former Canadian diplomat in Afghanistan, Richard Colvin, revealed that Canadian political and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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No amount of nattering by our federal government can now change the widely held perception that it is involved in a cover-up regarding the handling of detainees in Afghanistan. There are allegations that Ottawa was warned about torture in Afghan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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When someone blows the whistle on wrongdoing, the first reaction you often see is an effort to marginalize the person and deride their credibility. The Canadian government and segments of its military are currently trying to do an effective job... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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Barack Obama crossed a line yesterday, a surprising line for a law school graduate and former legal professor. He commented publicly about a case that is going before the courts. It's the pending trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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The wine silly season is here - the annual release of the Beaujolais Nouveau. This is nothing less than a genius bit of marketing hype which has catapulted one of France's poorest wine regions into one of its wealthiest. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen
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The Obama administration in the United States continues to puzzle. For all its laudable achievements and declarations of intent, there are still some troubling issues, many of them involving human and legal rights and the "war on terror". For example,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2009 at Mike Oldham's Virtual Pen