Shannon Liss-Riordan is a working class hero

Disclaimer: I cannot judge if the contract in place between the woman I helped get in touch with Ms. Liss-Riordan and Jan-Pro, a janitorial service franchise company based in Florida (or one of their many agents) was fair, balanced and / or legal. I leave that to the courts to sort through the facts.

When one of the Jan-Pro “franchisees” came in to discuss her case, . . . Continue reading


Paul Roy is one of my favorite uncles, and I’m lucky to have many. He was a sapper in the Royal Canadian Army during WWII. I don’t have all his service details, but he saw his share of action. Paul got very good handling explosives in the asbestos mines of Thetford Mines. It was said he could set off a charge next to a window without breaking glass.

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California won the election – it’s all about the demographics, stupid

Carla Marinucci has a great article in the San Francisco Chronicle

While everyone worried about Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania – people forgot about California. Great analysis.

I’ve always believed in Jerry Brown. Not as POTUS, not as Senator, not even as Governor, just as the guy who does the right thing because . . . Continue reading

Celebrate Henry Kaiser as our Tommy Douglas


Don’t try to argue with me or prove out the points. I’m for responsible spending and can make do with very little and survive. But health care for all is a right, not a privilege or a benefit. Preventive healthcare is more important than acute intervention – it prevents later costly intervention. If we treat healthcare as a true business, then just like manufacturing or software development, the earlier . . . Continue reading

Canadian National Film Board New Boys – Canoeing in 1973 old school

At the chapel after the trip. Probably fantasizing about sleeping in a bunk bed with a three inch think mattress with 50 of my closest new friends.

We were given haircuts, issued clothes, laundry numbers, canoe gear, and assigned a chore / duty. We boarded an old yellow rented school bus on Tuesday morning, four canoes in tow, driven about 350 miles east of the school. I learned how to sleep sitting up on that school bus. Continue reading

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