Showing up blasted in random places? Disappearing for days on end whilst on wild benders? Drunkenly making an ass of one’s self in front of important dignitaries? It sounds like Rob Ford, but it also describes the notoriously hard drinking habits of Canada founder Sir John A. Macdonald. I wrote about his liquored-up shenanigans for […]
When the 2008 election results came in, Liberal candidate Todd Russell had garnered a mere 5,426 votes. Anywhere else, Russell’s showing would have been a catastrophic failure. In Vancouver, fourth place Green Party candidates pulled in twice as many votes. But this wasn’t Vancouver – it was Labrador – and Russell was now on his […]
Every once in a while, you see a photo from the past that makes you feel smug about how smart and progressive we present-day people have become. Recently, my mind was boggled at the above image.
On a recent radio program, I heard an American comedian say that as a child growing up in the Midwest, he assumed being Canadian was a prerequisite for being a comedian. Amazingly, in his mid-1980s pre-pubescent mind, Canadians had supplanted Jews as the standard-bearers for modern comedy. It was quite a compliment. Of course, there […]
I went into the Toronto Police Museum expecting nothing more than a collection of badges and old uniforms. What I found instead was Toronto’s largest public collection of unconventional murder weapons. Ice picks, shelf supports, extension cords, 2x4s – some of them still stained with blood. There’s not a lot of guns in Toronto, so […]