Category Archives: The Contrarian

PRE-PALEOLITHIC CURMUDGEONS

THE CONTRARIAN   MacLean’s, April 25, had a lot of coverage of the recent NDP convention. It appears some radicals injected something called the “LEAP Manifesto”, upsetting the applecart.  I would describe the LEAP as proposing to shut down my … Continue reading

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PATH OF THE PADDLE

THE CONTRARIAN Have you seen the ad? It’s in all the glossy magazines, even the ones on the airplanes, it’s on all the television networks in Switzerland, Germany, eastern Europe, even France and Italy, and of course Britain.   It runs … Continue reading

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DONALD TRUMP, SAVIOUR?

THE CONTRARIAN   As you know from previous scribblings, I am fascinated by the notion of ‘Megatrends’, from a book of that name by John Naisbitt. He describes changes as ‘trends’, things going in a particular direction, and he describes … Continue reading

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WELCOME BACK

THE CONTRARIAN Conversation you would commonly hear in Dryden, say 30 years ago —   “Mmm, yass, my Johnny is doing so well in the big city, he is some kind of an executive in computers”, or “he is manager … Continue reading

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DRYDEN BYPASS

THE CONTRARIAN   About 10 years ago, Ontario awoke (sort of) to the fact that its section of the TransCanada is at least 20 years behind the times.  I would like to think that petitions originating with our town had … Continue reading

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DAM THE DAMS PART 6

THE CONTRARIAN DAM THE DAMS PART 6   I love conspiracy theories.  I don’t necessarily believe them, I just find them fascinating.  My favourite fiction author is Taylor Caldwell, who wrote fictional stories based on history, most famous probably being … Continue reading

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MidCanada Corridor

THE CONTRARIAN MID-CANADA CORRIDOR Back in the 50’s, somebody came up with the notion that, if we are ever to be a real country, we need to develop more than just a strip along the American border. John Diefenbaker became … Continue reading

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