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HEMP AND MARIJUANA

THE CONTRARIAN A PAGE FROM WILLY BRANT’S DIARY —Joe and I were on our way to Bear Narrows for our annual ice fishing trip.  Takes quite a while to get there trundling along in his old pick-up truck, so we … Continue reading

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BUYING A TESLA?

THE CONTRARIAN There’s a lot of hype around electric cars these days, especially the Tesla, with new models coming out that might even be affordable for ordinary people. But you won’t see me rushing out to buy one because I … Continue reading

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RUPERTSLAND

THE CONTRARIAN It has been said that History cannot be written until at least 50 years passes, and 300 years is better, to avoid the prejudices and opinions of the writer. This is strikingly illustrated in one of my favourite … Continue reading

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POPULISM

THE CONTRARIAN Here are two letters (not published) to the editor of arguably our main Canadian newsmagazine, one from 2014, and the second from 2017. They dramatically illustrate a change in the way our mainstream press defines ‘Populism’ over the … Continue reading

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OLIVE ON A TOOTHPICK

THE CONTRARIAN Old-timers will remember when we might find bugs or worms or spoilage in our macaroni or oatmeal or flour if it was in the pantry very long. Not anymore, as long as we keep it in the box … Continue reading

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THE NEW MONEY

THE CONTRARIAN Our new money is crap. Not because it is shrinking – it takes six dollars to buy a cup of Starbucks, when some of us can remember a 5 cent cup of coffee.  Has coffee become more valuable?  … Continue reading

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GNOME IN THE BASEMENT

THE CONTRARIAN I can see him in my mind’s eye, a little, old fellow with a peaked cap, a perpetual grin on his face, except when it lights up with a cackling laugh when something amuses him. He perches on … Continue reading

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