There was a rumour previously that he could be on the way out. Don Cherry was notoriously loud, outspoken and colourful, both in what he said and in what he wore. He was a permanent fixture on the Canadian hockey scene.

For those who thought “The Apprentice” made for compelling reality television, this time it’s playing out for real and before our very own eyes.

The Attorney General’s Ministry said Tuesday it is carefully reviewing last week’s B.C. Supreme Court decision that overruled its attempt to block the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth from getting access to government records.

My personal impression of Canada is that of a tattered nation where social cohesiveness based on equality of all citizens in the eyes of the law and within our political system, and with a common-good agenda, has been in continuous decline since the post-war years of the 1950s.

Even the Brentwood Bay man who put Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada figured he would get himself fired one day.

Each year I write two columns about books I have read. I am doing this in mid-November at the request of several of my readers so that they can order the books in time for Christmas giving. They are in no particular order or ranking; they are just books I liked.

One person’s conflict-of-interest — real, potential or apparent — isn’t always a conflict-of-interest for another, but how do they act when they’re the same person in similar situations?


Classy Don Cherry has turned Canada’s national day of remembrance into a Twitter debate on racism and freedom of speech. In the process, he’s been fired by Sportsnet.


You’re in your car, let’s say. You pull up to the intersection. You stop. You look both ways. The road seems clear. You pull ahead and...

Here goes! With regularity, I am approached by people on all sides of issues urging me to leverage my platform to address their particular concern. In many circumstances I agree with the position they advocate, in some cases I don’t.

In my column next week, I may be asking our readers to bail me out of jail. I received four robocalls — yes, four — from Toronto and U.S. numbers on Friday alone saying my social insurance number had expired and the cops were on their way to toss me in jail.


They are among our national treasures, more valuable than anything hanging in our art gallery.

It is not an unreasonable extension of reasoning to argue that the political and social tension wracking Canada today can be traced to orchestrated environmental disarray and a deliberate agenda, now decades in the making, to make sure citizens and scientific evidence and reasoning are kept …

While properly enjoying a meal and a glass of wine at a writing conference a few weeks ago, a colleague from Italy sadly remarked, “I never understood what Americans meant when they said they eat in their cars, but now I do.”

There should be no surprise that Elizabeth May has announced that she is stepping down as the leader of the federal Green Party; she has given many hints in the past couple of years that it might be time to turn the leadership over to someone else.

As a retired psychologist, I know the power of words to direct emotions. In one study, a psychiatrist-in-training asked a psychotic patient to describe his hallucinations in detail. Sadly, the hallucinations doubled in frequency. When you focus on the negative, the negative expands.


Well, there appears to be a rising sentiment, certainly within Alberta and probably also in Saskatchewan, for some form of separation from the Canadian federation or “Wexit.”

The days have gone, thank God, when we simply couldn’t talk about mental illness. When families had a dotty aunt whom they hid in a suite in the back of the ancestral home. When the disturbed son who got into trouble was written off, banished, never mentioned again.

Whether you knew Lynn Kalmring or just knew of her, everybody would agree her killer — former RCMP superintendent and SD67 school bus driver Keith Wiens — is making a mockery of the system.

We all know that one person who, no matter where they are or what the occasion, somehow manages to get in a bathroom joke. And although we may roll our eyes and laugh at the time, the thought of discussing our own bathroom habits is usually a no-go for most folks.

Many readers will know my disdain for the monetization of gaming in its current state. In the last few years gaming seems to have gone backwards with many developers. Instead of games showing innovation from game to game, they instead have rehashed previous titles with added methods of monet…

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