News and Views

Welcome to the blog page of my website. This is where I tell you about the latest happenings in my writing life and express my opinions on things going on in the world of Canadian writing, arts and politics. To receive notifications about new posts, I invite you to enter your email address in the “subscribe to blog” box at the right. I post infrequently, and I promise I will never send you spam!


Pre-election polling

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in News and Views, Politics | 0 comments

Do you respond to phone calls from political pollsters or do you hang up? Take my survey so we can see how valid these polls really are.

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One casualty of the CBC cuts

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in CBC, Job losses, Journalism, News and Views | 0 comments

The local newspapers have been silent about the 20 job cuts at CBC Calgary. I’ve put a human face on the story. Her name is Tara Weber.

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Leaving Dublin trailer

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Books, Music, News and Views | 0 comments

If you’d like to hear the story of the trailer I made for Leaving Dublin, let me tell you about it here.

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Traveller beware (part 3)

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Condo rentals, Vacations, VRBO | 0 comments

The listing of the Victoria condo owner who left us high and dry by cancelling our vacation reservation has now been pulled from the VRBO website. I suspect my negative review of the incident may have been a precipitating factor. The story is not over yet. Check back at this site for further updates.

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Traveller beware (part 2)

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Condo rentals, News and Views, Vacations, Victoria, VRBO | 0 comments

“Less than 24 hours before we were scheduled to check in, the owner abruptly cancelled our month-long reservation. He claimed a plumbing problem in the unit caused flooding damage requiring major repairs. We checked on the property, found it occupied by someone else, and no evidence of flooding or other damage. We are still awaiting a full refund.”

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