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!

 

Sexual abuse in Holy Ireland

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in News and Views, Sexual abuse | 0 comments

“The Catholic priesthood blighted my life and the life of young people like me.”

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Traveller beware!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Condo rentals, News and Views, Vacations, Victoria, VRBO | 0 comments

“Avoid this host as he cancelled on us just as we were arriving in Victoria on the start of our vacation”

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Encountering Tennessee Williams and Other Celebrities

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in News and Views, Other Writings, Theatre | 0 comments

My Brief Encounters column for the Facts & Opinions online journal this week is about Tennessee Williams, and therein lies a tale. This column had its genesis in a conversation I had not too long ago with Susan Toy, a writer friend who generously promotes fellow writers through her blog, Reading Recommendations. Susan and I were bemoaning the fact that a Russian website was flogging pirated copies of our books online without compensation to us. I mentioned in passing that Tennessee Williams once told me he had been similarly victimized....

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FFWD RIP and Saturday Night Elegy Redux

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in News and Views, Newspapers and Magazines | 0 comments

Calgary’s lively arts and entertainment weekly Fast Forward will cease print publication after its last issue appears on March 5, 2015. To read today’s sad announcement from Editor/Publisher Drew Anderson, please click HERE. There is perhaps a possibility that FFWD may continue to exist as an online venture, but it will no longer be found in coffee shops and newspaper boxes around town. I didn’t shed any tears when the sun set earlier this month on the Sun News network – which I rarely watched anyhow. But I will miss Fast...

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Birdman

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Movies, News and Views, Theatre | 0 comments

Forty-three of the 49 professional film critics featured on metacritic.com liked this movie. Four wrote mixed reviews. Two disliked it. I went to see it yesterday. I’m with the two naysayers. As Rex Reed of the New York Observer observed, it’s nothing but a load of codswallop. My words not his. Reed’s actual words were, “a miserable load of deranged, deluded crap masquerading as a black comedy.” The critics who liked it said the movie is brilliant, inventive and funny. I found it dull, predictable and sour....

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