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April 2005

  • E-asy Commute

    SUVs are everywhere. But with gas prices soaring, and traffic often at a stand still, sometimes I just want to yell: “How many horses does it take to haul your fat ass to work?”…

  • We are Canadian!

    Sami Mohamad Mohamad hates cold. He doesn’t take ice in his Coke, and even ice cream doesn’t appeal to him. Yet today, Mohamad warmly embraced citizenship in cold’s Capital. It was 15C and he…

  • The new jitter

    I’m giving up Tim’s. The coffee anyway. I still like the vanilla donuts with the multicoloured sprinkles, and how the ones that fall off leave a little stain when I lick and dab my…

  • Celebration and Memory

    We have “widow” and “orphan,” but there is no word to describe someone who has lost a child. I think it’s because the experience is unspeakable. Today we mark Jasper’s fifth birthday, and the…

  • Careful what you say

    Rob’s a middle aged network specialist. His salt and pepper crew cut reminded me of Colonel Sanders. We met at the 82 stop on Featherston, and had lots of time to chat because we’d…

  • Boneheads in hot water

    “This isn’t news to us.” Susan Desjardins is part of Eco Energy Choices Ottawa, a not-for-profit research group that promotes community-focused energy efficiency in Ottawa. I just talked to her about the City of…

  • Brand New Canadian

    Our friend Mohamad Mohamad will become a Canadian this Thursday at a ceremony on Catherine Street. I’ve already warned him that I will probably cry like a baby. Mohamad arrived in Canada from Baghdad…

  • Turkey Capital

    “Head to toe camo is a must when hunting sharp-eyed gobblers.” There’s an aggressive wild turkey loose near Wakefield, just north of Ottawa. I was just about to lose my cool on a writing…