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The Cornered Bear

In 2008, Russia invaded Georgia. The world turned a blind eye, partly because Georgia is an insignificant state on the fringe of Europe but mostly because the costs of cutting … Continue reading

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The Departure of Tim Leiweke, The Bills, and The Future of Toronto Sports

  It has taken roughly twenty years of following Toronto sports but I think it has finally dawned on me in its full clarity: this is truly an odd town. … Continue reading

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Ford Nation: A Portrait of Toronto’s Intellectual Tumor

“Rob has street cred that they can realte to. He takes no guff from anybody. He explodes in angry rants. He is not afraid of the police. Everybody picks on … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Move over Pabst Blue Ribbon, there’s a new hipster beer in town

Well over a decade into its reign as the king of ‘cooler-than-thou’ and cheaper than water beers, Pabst Blue Ribbon may have finally met its match in Old Style Pilsner. … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

I was a duck

I was a duck, who sat on a desk. Perched nobly between a globe and a miniature flagpole, I must admit, I felt regal. All day I stared wide eyed … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

If I’m an asshole it means I like you: deciphering the emotionally unavailable

I don’t like to talk about my feelings. Even just typing that, admitting that I prefer to sweep my emotions under a rug, is enough to make me uncomfortable. I … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

ALLEYS

Slip Saunter Slide Trudge Lose your balance Step in sludge Lift your foot, It’s fucking freezing. OH NOOO! Don’t fret man, Nothing’s ruined. …Yet Keep walking, Your socks are wet, … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Eclipse of the Ottoman Empire – The End of a Medieval Reality

Many see the First World War as the end of the Prussian monarchy, or the birth of Communist Russia, but overlook the eclipse of one of the world’s greatest empires, … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Documenting Liberal National Showcase 2013 – Original Photos

A photo journal by Ehssan Taghavi

April 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Die is Cast – thoughts on the Liberal National Showcase

“Alea iacta est,” The Die is Cast – the race is over and voting has begun.  On April the 14th the next Grit leader will be unveiled.   Prelude to the … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Adventures in online dating

I did it. I still can’t believe I did it, but it’s done nonetheless. I joined Plenty of Fish. This was pretty out of character for me for a couple … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Beware, Blog Clique is covering the Liberal Showcase #LibClique

This Saturday, to kick off voting and finish the leadership campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada is holding its National Showcase at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  As a reputable … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Think again’ about Toronto’s digital history

From the back of a speeding limousine, the late Toronto author Scott Symons opens ‘Think Again about Toronto’ with a proclamation about how the city “must accept its destiny”.  With … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Let’s Play Ball – What to expect from this season’s BlueJays

Let’s Play Ball! (and lower the pressure just a little bit) + AL East Predictions April is finally upon us, and for Torontonians, April will be quite different this year.  … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Re: The O.C.

In the ‘socially evolved’ 21st century there’s a litany of TV shows angled at today’s young adult population; Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Family Guy, what have you. Yes, … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nothing New – MPs complain of being ‘muzzled’ by PMO

After recently having a motion silenced, Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Brent Rathberger spoke out about being “muzzled” by the PMO.  Opposition parties were quick to call this a Conservative … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Opponents of Keystone XL miss the facts, nevertheless Canada must repair its image

It would be a mistake for President Barack Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline because the new infrastructure itself will not negatively affect the environment. At the same time, … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chinese auto report: 2013

China’s automobile industry is a bit like the Wild West: It’s a full-fledged fight to the top of this new, wide-open, and immensely important market. A latecomer to the global … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The truth about dick pics

Gentlemen of the world, I am here to tell you that there is a time and a place for a phallic photography. Hint: it’s not when you first start dating … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

For Trudeau, victory is tangible

I have yet to argue that the Liberal’s ‘prodigal son’ is without question the best candidate for leadership and have yet to endorse any candidate. But I do believe it has become … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Anticipating Game of Thrones Season 3

The following is written by a fan of both the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO series Game of Thrones.  So while no real spoilers will … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 7 Comments

Thoughts on truculence

Les Habitants and the theatre of the absurd Be forewarned, the following is written by a native of Toronto, Ontario. Many things could be taken away from the Montreal Canadien’s … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Does free will exist?

“Of course,” you might answer, “I’m choosing to continue reading this, rather than the exactly 317 other things I could have done instead. Keep asking stupid questions and I’ll choose to … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Disseminating Drake’s ‘Practice’

As Aubrey Graham spits the first lines (“I can tell that money’s got you working”) from ‘Practice’, the last song off ‘Take Care’, it easy to suppose that this track … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Let developers bribe homeowners

As every resident of Toronto has likely been aware of for ages, the city has been riding the wave of booming construction for more than a decade now. City Hall … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The good and bad of Harper’s Arctic foreign policy

As the Arctic warms there will be increased shipping, resource development, and the potential for confrontation. Canada must increase its presence in the region, but it should do this through … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Top 5 Canadian indie bands that didn’t hit it big (but should have)

Let’s be frank. Canada had been somewhat of a rough place for alternative musicians, and to some degree mainstream artists, for quite some time before the mid 2000’s. The thinly … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

The side effects of loving unavailable men

In high school, I thought I was picky. My mother thought I was a closeted lesbian, but I thought I was picky. I thought the reason that no boy could … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cyberwar: The reality of modern warfare

Throughout history humans have conducted warfare.  During most of this time military force could only be projected from two domains, land and sea.  With the advent of the modern air … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Baltimore Ravens: The Team of Destiny.

When I was asked by one of the editors to write a predictive article about this year’s Superbowl, two things occurred to me at once; first, that I thought the … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The San Fransisco 49ers are your Superbowl 47 Champions

And the winner of Superbowl 47 is……the San Fransisco 49ers!  When the confetti finally descends from the Superdome rafters on Sunday night, it will be the boys in red and … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

NFB Thursday: Got sixteen minutes?

The ridiculously warm weather here in Toronto got me thinking about Belinda Oldford’s brilliant meditation on aging and coming to grips with one’s own death; ‘Come Again in Spring’. The 2007 NFB short animated … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Obama, Biden, and the Good Cop Bad Cop routine

Invigorated by a recent win, America’s President hopes to address a variety of policies.  Climate change, gay rights, gun control, and immigration reform are all issues on which Obama hopes … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Toronto Hip Hop: T.City

T.City (read: T Dot City) is a Toronto MC who’s been pumping out tracks and videos since the summer of 2010. City rhymes with ease, spitting carefree, wandering lyrics over … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Appetite of a King: How Henry Tudor institutionalized womanizing

In the poly-amorous society of the 21st century most people have a hearty sexual appetite and a thirst for sexual exploration; seemingly more and more couples have an ‘open marriage’ … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

Top 5 craziest Toronto-based Indiegogo projects

It’s been roughly a decade of living through new age media platforms such as Facebook and Youtube. The imminent sense of change and shifting power that these platforms dawned,  from the corporate to the … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Projection of Perfection

We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Geo-engineering: Combating climate change with technology

Climate change will happen, it is an inevitable consequence of humanity’s addition to fossil fuels. To combat climate change, humanity must quit its filthy habit. Unfortunately quitting takes time.  Geo-engineering makes this transition more comfortable. But humanity … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · 7 Comments

Hockey Night In Canada: A showcase of two power forwards

Tonight’s game features two power forwards at opposite ends of their careers. Tonight the Leafs get their first look at New York’s big free agent acquisition: Rick Nash. How different … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Culture Control: Why the American ‘Gun Problem’ isn’t just about Smith and Wesson

The following is a discussion about America, written by a non-American. Who is a real American? Americanism is not static nor a constant trait. It is debated, traded, and exchanged; … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · 11 Comments

Taylor Swift: Not your Shakespeare’s love song

As everyone with access to various social media outlets and other human beings knew approximately 18.7 seconds after it happened: Taylor Swift had broken up with her super serious boyfriend … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Revolution 9

A creative work By Sandy R

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Top 5 lessons from the Superbowl hunt

The road to Superbowl 47 is all but over.  In just under two weeks time we will see either the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers hoist the Lombardi … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

The man your man could sell like

It all begins with a muscular man in a towel who beams at the camera; “Hello Ladies”. In the next few furiously paced seconds we’re transported to a world where … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

First Nations ally with federal opposition

A brief history of the Indian Act Enacted in 1876, the Indian Act was meant to solve the ‘Indian problem’ but has become an outdated and paternalistic piece of legislation.  … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sun and lament in South Florida

It was 9:00pm when I landed in balmy Punta Gorda, Florida. The salty air immediately sticking to me, I ambled down the steps from the small discount jet to the … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

CANCON FTW: The Academy Awards

Rebelle (english title War Witch) is the third Best Foreign Language nominee in three years for Canada, solidifying a hat trick of worthwhile internationally minded films. It’s also the fifth … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The new wave of Irish immigration to Canada

Emigration has been Ireland’s traditional response to economic woes.  During a brief period as the ‘Celtic Tiger,’ Ireland saw the reversal of this trend. Today’s economic problems are inspiring another … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Hockey is back and all is forgiven – Remarks by a Leafs fan

After being deprived of the game we love for an unbearable 119-day lockout, the NHL returned to action this past Saturday night to kick off a shortened 48 game 2013 … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is the Grand Old Party dead?

As a politically-conscious Canadian it is difficult to refrain from outright republican bashing.  It is easy to demonize today’s GOP as a coalition of right-wing American nuts.  But doing this overlooks the fact … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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