I am a proud aunt to four nephews and a very lovely niece. Among my nephews is a set of identical twins who arrived on this earth far, far too early but they are fighters, like their mom, and will be healthy and happy two-year-olds this summer.

Also this summer is the boys’ feature film debut playing baby Superman. We’re not sure which twin it is, but it’s definitely one of them, or both!


PC MPP Rick Nicholls steps in it again when his office issues a “fake” press release

I just don’t think he can help himself. To wit:

Nicholls office stated that the multiplication of press releases was a standard occurrence within the PC party, and not plagiarism. The CKReview is well aware of press releases from political parties that duplicate the same message, however they do not offer quotes that never happened. In the rush to have a statement, a little fancy footwork was done to seem to have one. It is better to have no statement than a faked one. If the PC Party policy is to release identical quotes from all 36 of its members then the sincerity of what our elected officials actually say is called into question. (Emphasis mine.)

Want more? Here’s another gem from the Richolls Vault:

Almost a year ago, Nicholls stood up in the Ontario Legislature and referred to me as someone’s “squeeze.” I was shocked. And I wasn’t alone. Gilles Bisson was shocked, too. He stood up and admonished Mr. Nicholls in the strongest language possible:


The media didn’t like it either. Check it out here and here and here.

Someone needs to save Nicholls from himself. I think a provincial election will do just that.

BC Liberals, well, aren’t

Just got back from Ottawa and the federal Liberal Party leadership announcement, where Liberals were so abundant they had to open an overflow room at the convention centre so everyone could see the grand reveal. It was like a high school reunion, getting to see old friends while also avoiding others. I met a few BC Grits this weekend, one of whom assumed I supported Christie Clark’s Liberals since I’m from the West Coast.

Now, if you’re not from BC – or not terribly political – you may not know much about BC politics, which is both bizarre and fascinating. So you may not know that BC is essentially a two-party system – the Liberals and the New Democrats. And that the BC Liberals aren’t really affiliated with the federal party; instead, the BC Libs are considered to be “independent” of us federal Grits, and have been for quite some time now.

Both those things have essentially turned the BC Libs into conservatives. Which is why, when asked by a BC Liberal this weekend if I was helping out on the Clark campaign, I responded by telling him that when I lived there I was a New Democrat.  The BC Liberals, well, aren’t actually liberal. Doubtful? Here’s all the proof you need:

Christy Clark Stockwell Day

Rapists aren’t just strangers lurking in dark alleyways

Something to think about:

In a survey of male college students:

· 35% anonymously admitted that, under certain circumstances, they would commit rape if they believed they could get away with it.

· One in 12 admitted to committing acts that met the legal definitions of rape, and 84% of men who committed rape did not label it as rape.

In another survey of college males: 

· 43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse.



Johnny Rotten: “Flat out sexist, misogynist pig,” says tv interviewer

About 20 some-odd years ago now, I lived in Los Angeles. I knew many interesting people, including one of Lydon’s bandmates, Steve Jones. The Sex Pistols are a wicked band but Lydon is a real piece of work (which is something of an understatement). During an interview yesterday he goes on a sexist rant against an Australian television host, while he was promoting his band, Public Image Ltd (which, incidentally, the Toronto Star refers to as his “new” band. Well, if a band formed more than 30 years ago is new, I guess.)


Too little, too late: The RBC saga

RBC CEO apologizes. But the damage has already been done. The story was allowed to grow for days, fuelling public outrage. And after playing hard to get with the media, RBC decided to put a defensive and argumentative Gord Nixon on the radio, which didn’t go so well.

I found the letter, posted to the RBC website, interesting as well.  This is how it opens:

An Open Letter to Canadians

RBC has been in the news this week in a way no company ever wants to be.

Reminds me of this:

“What the hell did we do to deserve this?” –BP CEO Tony Hayward, speaking to fellow executives in London about the Gulf oil spill disaster, May 2, 2010

Here’s another gem:

Despite our best efforts, we don’t always meet everyone’s expectations, and when we get it wrong you are quick to tell us.

Sound familiar?

“I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people.” –BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, speaking to reporters in Washington, June 16, 2010


RBC proudly employs over 57,000 people in Canada. Over the last four years, despite a challenging global economy, we added almost 3,000 full-time jobs in Canada.

Sounds like:

“The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.” —Tony Hayward, May 14, 2010

Bottom line? The letter was too little, too late. And it was badly done. The Twitterverse weighs in here.


One of the greatest songs ever.


Against Me!

I love this band. So much so that my teenage son and I once drove to Pennsylvania to see them live because we couldn’t make it to their Toronto show. And I still love them. Everyone should read this piece about Tommy Gabel’s journey to becoming Laura Jane Grace – she is tremendously brave.


Remembering the Roma

Having been curious about my ancestral origins all my life, I recently decided to have my DNA tested. Interestingly enough, one of my strongest genetic matches was to Romania. Today is International Roma Day and my friend has a great piece in the National Post. It’s worth a read.

The Bovine Sex Club and Rihanna – UPDATED

I laughed when I read this story today. The writer is clearly implying that the Bovine is, actually, a sex club.

My friend Darryl runs the place and they have wicked bands play there. SFH hangs out there. So do members of Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age and The Strokes. You may also see Perry Farrell, Mickey Rourke and Tommy Stinson. I love the place.

So, if you want to see great punk and indie bands play, check out the Bovine. But if you’re looking for a sex club, you should keep looking. Oh, and check out the Shanghai Cowgirl next door – good food and great staff.