Calgary's Joint Encampment Team (JET)

  • May 17, 2018
I haven’t written in a while now. But tonight I discovered something truly incredible within this city I love. First, let me commend my Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra and his team for getting an invitation out to me through his Ward 9 Newsletters. If you live in Ward 9 in Calgary, I encourage you to sign up for it. I find it interesting, informative, and worthwhile to receive. You can get on the list at https://www. Read More

Mayor in 2017

  • October 9, 2017
One thing I was really looking forward to was the showdown this year. Even before the election was on I was asked, “What do you think about Chabot running against Nenshi?” Not to spoil the punchline, but Nenshi has absolutely met my expectations and I have absolutely not a single hesitation endorsing him again. I have a good view of Councillor Chabot. I absolutely dislike everyone else in the race. Read More

Vapour lock at City Hall? The 2017 edition.

  • October 1, 2017
Back in 2010, I figured I had my city council vote figured out when Dave Bronconnier decided not to run again. I was quite frustrated with what seemed to be constant fighting between the aldermen (as they were known at the time) and my sense that city council was lost in the wilderness and not accomplishing what it should. There was one guy on city council that stood out to me: his nickname was “Dr. Read More

The Full Buyer's (remorse) Experience

  • June 10, 2017
I know, I’m getting really curmudgeonly lately. I don’t think this is entirely my fault. My son’s Magsafe Apple Adapter finally completed it’s long, slow, death. Wait, tangent time right now: I love the Magsafe adapter. I love it beyond reason. It releases with enough of a tug that it has saved my computer from being pulled off a desk when someone trips over the cord. It comes apart cleanly from the computer so I don’t have to worry about the tip of the charger getting bent and no longer fitting into the laptop. Read More

Dismiss Robin Camp now.

  • September 20, 2016
“Lady Justice is an allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems. Her attributes are a blindfold, a balance and a sword… Since the 15th century, Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of money, wealth, fame, power, or identity; blind justice and impartiality.“ - Wikipedia   Scales of Justice, Vancouver Law Courts. Read More

Have after. To what phone will this come?

  • August 8, 2016
There’s something rotten in the state of mobile phones. It saddens me a great deal. I’ve had yet another problem with my keyboard on my BlackBerry Q10. The A key has given out again and the C and K keys insert 0’s when I type. Now, you’re not going to know this by reading it, but I type relatively quickly. By no means am I the fastest out there, but my typing speed is limited only by the speed of extruding thoughts from my brain. Read More

So you want to be a Calgary Band Parent?

  • June 18, 2016
Well, chances are, you may or may not want to be an actual “band parent” but maybe your child is interested. There are a number of routes to getting here. If you’ve played in a marching band while you were growing up, you’ll probably already know much of what I’m talking about and this is probably not meant for you. But if your child comes home clutching an application to join the band and you don’t really know what you’re in for, I want to share some of my experience over the past three years to encourage you to say, “Yes, absolutely you can join! Read More

To Gordie and the Hip, with deepest love.

  • June 4, 2016
Gord Downie will almost certainly never read this, but if he does, what I’d most like to say to him is this: Gordie, baby, I know exactly what you mean. Well, in fact I don’t and never really did. But I’d love to tell you something special and precious and as dear to my heart as I can possibly get. For years I have heard people discussing what “New Orleans is Sinking” really meant. Read More

A long road trip for a short view of an old piece of sheep skin.

  • December 27, 2015
Today after my son and I woke up, we packed ourselves into the car and headed on a three hour drive north of here to visit Edmonton. A copy of Magna Carta is on display for the 800th Anniversary of its first signing. Magna Carta means “the Great Charter”. It’s sometimes oversold and sometimes undersold in terms of it’s historical meaning. It is not, as sometimes told, the foundation of all of English Law. Read More

How Much Carbon is Created by One Space Shuttle Being Launched

  • November 30, 2015
Today while watching CBC’s Power and Politics I saw a question flash by while Elizabeth May was being interviewed. Sadly, I’m not watching in high resolution, so I can only guess at the name of the questioner. I believe her name was Phyllis Brown Rouble - please correct me if you can. She asked: “can anyone tell me how much carbon is created by one space shuttle being launched into space and what damage is done to the ozone layer” Read More