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Le Miserable Tax

Jean Val Jean sat motionless as he waited for his case to be called before the ruthless Judge Jabert. There he sat, his heart in his mouth in infamous courtroom number seven, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) evaders' court. Jean Val Jean, unemployed for many months, had...

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Name That Election Candidate

And the winner is? None of the above. Yes! Not really. I just came across a Federal Court of Canada case launched by a University of Ottawa law student who sued the government pre- election claiming he could not express his dissatisfaction with all the candidates on...

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Getting My Uber Legs

I’m a baby boomer. I finally underwent an important a long-awaited and overdue rite of passage. I just took my first Uber ride. I did not undergo the experience lightly. I am not one to quickly embrace new routines or practices. On the old school scale, I’m probably...

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Ire, Ire, Ants on Fire

My house has been invaded. I'm under siege. If I step out onto my back patio, I risk getting mauled by red ants. Does anybody have a solution? In anticipation of enjoying my backyard overlooking a lush ravine, I purchased some new deck furniture. I took advantage of a...

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What colour is my Unicorn?

Where are the manatees? I don’t see them. I like animals and so when I travel I jump at the opportunity to visit animals indigenous to the area. However for some reason I never get to see them. For example, while in Florida recently I heard there were manatees, those...

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Witches, Duelers and Viagra, Oh My!

Let’s talk about zombies, to wit, the zombie laws the federal government has erased from the criminal code via Bill C-51. These anachronistic offences rarely enforced were still punishable until recently. For example, section 365 made it an offence to “pretend to...

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Stress Webinar Gone Stressful

I just concluded a stressful week, all because of a webinar I took in, on handling stress. Being retired from the practice of law, I find my main stressor now is technology. I’m a devout baby boomer and I feel marginalized dealing with computers and other machines. I...

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Mission Impossible: Telephoning the Government

The findings of the recently released Auditor General’s report on the efficiency of the Canadian government are not rosy. Most disturbing is the finding that people can’t reach a live person at a government department on the phone. Callers are referred to websites or...

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Donut Rhapsody

Tim Hortons' iconic roll the rim to win contest isn’t working. Seems Tim Hortons’ recent reprise of their annual promo is not raking it in. Profits are down and the food giant is trying to figure out a way to refresh the game from the way it has been since the 1980s....

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Ukraine

Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky, the new president of the Ukraine. Volod Z is actually a comedian who won a landslide victory over the incumbent. He starred in a television series called “Servant of the People”, where he played a destitute school teacher who...

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