Political Promises

Political Promises We recently endured another federal election. The incumbent party returned to office. This time it was with a minority government. A week before the election I received a phone call. It was from my MP’s office. “Hello. I’m calling from X’s office. She would like to know if she can count on your… Continue reading Political Promises

Remembrance Day – Part II

During the sixteen years I did not attend that ceremony I would go to the outdoor service in the nearby town. In recent years I have noticed more and more people drinking Tim Horton’s coffee during the event. I suppose there’s nothing as comforting as sipping on a hot double-double during the reading of, In… Continue reading Remembrance Day – Part II

Remembrance Day – Part I

As a reservist, I paraded on Remembrance Day and was proud to do so. When the decision was made to move the traditional outdoor parade to inside the local arena I was still active. After I left the reserves, my family and I would attend that same service. Being in the stands and watching the… Continue reading Remembrance Day – Part I

Politically Correct – PART I

I was in a coffee shop. At the counter was a 30’ish woman. There was also a 30’ish man who had just received his coffee. The woman’s order included several coffees and a number of food items. She was given a tray, but it wasn’t large enough to accommodate all of her purchases. The fellow… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART I

Enough is Enough – PART II

As I thought about the take-out cup of hot chocolate, I remembered a funeral I attended a number of years ago. It was for the mother of a student. I had also taught his older siblings. Staff and some relatives were invited to sit at the front of the church. We faced the opposite side… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART II

Enough is Enough – PART I

I recently attended the funeral of a childhood friend. While it was a celebration of his life, it was also a very solemn and sad affair. Shortly after the ceremony began, I noticed that the teenager in front of me had a Tim Horton’s hot chocolate. I know it was hot chocolate because HC was… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART I

The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 2

The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 2 ……… Now let’s fast-forward to the present day. One of the worst things we can do as teachers is to humiliate or embarrass students in front of their peers. But some teachers are masters of these strategies. To assert control in the classroom some will use intimidation.… Continue reading The Biggest Bullies in School – Part 2