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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

THE CONTRARIAN Cell phone conversation, sometime in the future. Hollow, tinny voice, slightly sing-song accent: “Hello, this is your 911 operator, what is your location?” Agitated male voice: “Hello 911, you have to send the police and an ambulance right … Continue reading

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Colourful Characters — E G ‘Duke’ McDonald

  THE CONTRARIAN Before world war two, university-educated people were generally from well-off families, often with university-educated parents. A degree generally meant a more classical education than now, even scientists and engineers could not graduate without some training in Latin, … Continue reading

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SEPARATISTS

THE CONTRARIAN   Looking at ‘Brexit’, I thought about our own Canadian Separatists. They feel like they are treated by their province as a remote hinterland, a bit quaint, behind the times, even dare I say ‘redneck’, and safely ignored. … 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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WEST, NOT NORTH

THE CONTRARIAN   I just came back from freezing my butt off, as usual, on a trip to the golden east; their humid cold bites every bit as hard as our dry air on our coldest days. If you want … Continue reading

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YOU SEE WHAT YOU LOOK FOR

THE CONTRARIAN   An oft-told tale concerns an experiment in which a group of kids was sorted randomly into two classes. One teacher was told that her class were all exceptional students, and the other was told that her class … Continue reading

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CROWDED PLANET

THE CONTRARIAN   One of those ‘everybody knows’ things is that there are too many people in the world, sooner or later we will be standing shoulder to shoulder, no place to lay down; the planet can’t produce enough food … Continue reading

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