Category Rant

Cultural Appropriation and Newtonian Physics

This week saw a bunch of Canadian writers rant and rail on Twitter against the “mobbing” of Hal Niedzviecki for his editorial on cultural appropriation (perhaps more appropriately described as his lack of understanding of cultural appropriation). The folks in question are — unsurprisingly — white and privileged. Hell, one of the douchebags is an […]

Shit People Say To You When You’re White

Last night a group of Canadians were murdered while they prayed. Today I feel hollowed out. Maybe I should be angry. Indignant. Outraged. But if I hold on to those, I’ll get caught up in the intoxication those emotions bring. I’ll lose my way. They are feelings best left to those more qualified to wield them. Canadians […]

Would you ask a vampire for a cup of sugar?

Kellie Leitch has been getting her ass kicked around the media in Toronto lately and deservedly so. The Witch-Queen-of-Creemore talked to Toronto Life about how the 6ix isn’t like the place she grew up. She “would never go next door and ask my neighbour for a cup of sugar.” I had grown up in a place […]

The American Health Care Conversation

Preface: Like many, I resolved to post more in the new year. Once a week in fact. I had not planned for any of those posts to be political. We’ve all had enough of that lately. That said, my social media feeds are overflowing with conversations about the ACA and I have something to say. Here it […]

If you want people to believe you, be honest.

Quick post because I saw something in the local paper this morning that bugs the hell out of me. I can’t let it go without writing something, even if it’s only the four of you who read it. Please excuse typos and grammar as I am only going to do a ranty-draft before I hit […]

Fundraising for Autism: Ad Astra did it right

Autism is everywhere. In the news. In social media. In my life. It’s been more than a decade since two of our children were diagnosed with Autism. We were afraid. We cried. We didn’t know what to do. We researched every potential cause and considered pretty much every form of treatment suggested by anybody, even […]

Dear Lynn: It’s not JK Rowling, it’s you.

Another weekend, another writer blaming somebody else for their lot in life and doing their level best to convince me never to read their work. This time, it was Lynn Shepherd explaining that if JK Rowling cares about writing, she should stop doing it. I didn’t much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I’ve never […]