My filter has broke. I am no longer able to tolerate or ignore things like I was able to before 2020. To be fair, this breaking of my filter has been happening for a few years now, but 2020 was the final straw. Let me back up here a little. When I write about my filter, it is the filter which lets me smile and nod when I read a comment online, or hear it in person. A comment that I disagree with, or one that is so devoid of fact that it would make your blood boil. We all have these filters in varyingRead More →

Lorne Wiebe, a former editor I worked with at AM 1220 in Cornwall, used to write a special ‘Beefs and Bouquets’ column around the end of each year. Wiebe would highlight some of the things he thought were great, and some of the dumbest moves, of a particular year. A yearly Festivus ‘Airing of Grievances’ if you will. Given the time of year, and how wonderful of a year 2020 has been, I thought I would resurrect this tradition from Wiebe. I begin with the ‘beefs’. 1) 2020 – When a senior government official at a public meeting calls this year a ‘dumpster fire’ youRead More →

All the following is true, as remembered through the lens of a six year old boy, 38 years ago. Long before hit documentary movies like ELF and The Santa Claus revealed how Santa flies through the skies around the world on Christmas Eve, I learned how Santa truly goes from house-to-house in a single night. He drives a yellow Skidoo. Or at least he did in 1982. I know this because I saw it with my very own eyes. My family had just moved to the middle of nowhere in Northern Ontario, Elsas. I’ve written about this hamlet before, but here is a refresher. It’sRead More →