Once upon a time there existed a relatively peaceable and stable territory known by the name Metro Toronto. It consisted of 6 duchys, made up of one city and 5 other burgs and sticks, and for over 40 years (that’s 400 in children years!), it managed capably if not spectacularly, even once garnering the faint praise of a garrulous (ask your parents) English knight! Residents were content and lives ran smoothly, more or less. The garbage was collected. Potholes filled. The trains ran on time on enough of a consistent basis that few kicked up much of a fuss. Continue reading
Last week, Alberta conservatives in the governing UCP, elected a new leader, Danielle Smith, who was sworn in as premier on Tuesday. She rode to power touting the proposed Alberta Sovereignty Act which she almost immediately started walking back after her leadership victory, other more pressing matters to set on fire. Still, the idea ignited a disquiet throughout the rest of the country, fretting over yet another ‘constitutional crisis’ for those who lived through the agonizing referenda of 1995 and 1980, the peaks and heartbreak of Quebec nationalism. Continue reading
If you live in Toronto, do you find you’re frequently asking yourself: Does anything work in this fucking city anymore?
Or is it just me?
Am I just getting older and crankier as old cranky people tend to get? Continue reading