Archive for January, 2014


January 16th, 2014
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—noun, plural soph·ist·ries.

1. a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning.
2. a false argument; sophism.

inigoNDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar

They set up a false choice and put it out there that if you’re not with us, you’re against us. And if you’re not with the government sworn in in Israel, you’re against the people of Israel.Which is nonsense. It shows a lack of sophistry.*

The question is, is Paul Dewar having an Inigo Montoya moment, or does he believe Canada’s foreign policy should be fundamentally dishonest?


*Note: The version of this article removes the key sentence from the Mark Kennedy story. Below is a screen shot from the digital edition of today’s National Post showing the full quote.


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Kathleen Wynne…

January 16th, 2014
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Premier of all Toronto


Celebrating the Niagara grape harvest in Toronto.

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Werewolves of Hespeler Pt2

January 12th, 2014
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As reported in April, the Space Channel brought Laura Vandervoot and a bunch of other, really not important for our purposes, people to Hespeler.


Last night, Bitten was premiered on the channel, and here in Hespeler, we threw something of a party. Showings downtown were packed, as we Hespeler folk showed up to cheer on our town. It must be said, we got little air time, but at we got was straight out of a travel brochure.


Now that main character Elena (played by Vandervoot) is back in her home town of Bear Valley (nee Hespeler), it is expected Hespeler will become a bigger star of the show.

Here’s a few screen shots of my town, dressed up as Werewolf Elena’s hometown.




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Journalist, Meet Google

January 12th, 2014
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At the Vancouver Sun, there’s been an enduring mystery, what happened to photographer Vlad Keremidschieff?9372894

One of the great mysteries of The Vancouver Sun is whatever happened to Vladimir Keremidschieff, the paper’s great hippie photographer in the early-1970s.

Vlad was the top rock ’n’ roll photographer in town during rock’s golden era of the ’60s and ’70s. He also covered many of Vancouver’s counterculture events, from anti-war protests to rock festivals and pleasure faires.

Here’s a riddle: you’re a journalist at a major newspaper in a major city. You wonder, what happened to that long haired guy who used to take the pictures? Where, oh where did he go? And how on earth am I supposed to find him?

Enter Rolf Maurer of New Star books. A couple of years ago, Maurer was looking for photos for a book on Vancouver’s hippie era. He kept running across Keremidschieff’s photos in old editions of the Georgia Straight, so he typed “Vladimir Keremidschieff” into Google.

That’s right, Maurer typed the name “Vladimir Keremidschieff” into the google, and “Vancouver’s great lost hippie photographer popped up.”

If only they had access to this google thing at the Vancouver Sun so their journalists could use it.

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Happy 70th Birthday…

January 9th, 2014
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Jimmy Page

Picture Courtesy of Neal Preston, Sound and Fury©
Picture Courtesy of Neal Preston, Sound and Fury©

Pictures Courtesy of Neal Preston, from his book Sound and Fury.

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Toronto the Not in a Death Spiral:

January 4th, 2014
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Still, if calling on the army in the middle of the ice storm was met with derision by Mr. Kelly’s own admission, the suggestion of doing it now, to help the city deal with branch and twig cleanup, is beyond ridiculous.

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Happy 68th Birthday

January 3rd, 2014
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John Paul Jones.

The Led Zeppelin bassist spent his 68th year playing and touring with the obscure improvisational avant-garde band Supersilent, writing an opera based on August Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata, and in November, touring the Southern US with Country/Bluegrass singer/songwriter/producer Dave Rawlings Machine.

And if  your thinking avant-garde? Opera? Must be a very serious fellow, the last week has seen this photobomb going around.

Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones photobombs unsuspecting Led Zeppelin fan.

I, for one, can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Happy 68th Birthday Led Zeppelin’s  John Paul Jones. Take the day off and enjoy some rest, you probably need it.

Here’s Jones (left, playing mandolin) performing Going to California with Dave Rawlings Machine – likely on November 26th.

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