No respect for people who profit from wrecking what others build

I have loved money for as long as I can remember but, sometimes, I really dislike capitalism. What’s happening in the stock market is a good reminder of why I’ll never be a billionaire, because I won’t do whatever it takes for money. There is an adorable (yes, I’m calling myself adorable) photo of me at a wedding with a …

No need to sugar-coat COVID realities

Ontario’s response to COVID-19 has, at times, seemed restrictive, other times appropriate, still other times too lenient. Overall, there seems to be a lack of information and a lack of evidence-based decision-making leading to questionable pronouncements benefitting certain stakeholders, while those preaching the rules feel that they are above them. Let’s start with the fact that the province was locked …

Treading ‘where there is no path’ affords coolest rewards

While winter does not call to my soul, I know that I need to embrace its frosty, serene beauty and get outside. Like the anonymous meme says: “If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow.” With winter, and knowing that I have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), I …

2020 not such a bummer of a year after all

Dear 2020, You’ve been getting a lot of flak, but I want to say that I see method in your madness, and I am choosing to focus on the positives you’ve brought us. Firstly, I’d like to thank you for an even closer bond with my teens. I didn’t think it was possible, but our quarantine time strengthened us as …

Liars should get their just deserts

I hate being lied to. I rarely use the word hate, but I do feel that strongly about honesty or the lack thereof. If my history is any indication though, I have to caveat that statement because there were times in the past that I wanted to believe a lie, because it was easier and meant I wouldn’t have to …

Is another symbol in danger of being sullied?

Is the thin blue line symbol headed for the same fate of the swastika? Can we stop its current trajectory, or is it already too late? In 1999, I travelled to Asia, on a journey of world- and self-discovery. While in Vietnam, there were many swastikas and reverse swastikas on gravesites and above door frames. The vision was jarring. Even …

Show respect and keep Christmas frills shelved until Remembrance Day wraps

As soon as Halloween and fall decorations come down, they appear to be replaced overnight with Christmas ones, but not in my house. I think it is only respectful to wait until after Remembrance Day to even consider putting up the Christmas tree. My grandfather, John William Setchell, who was in bomb disposal in the Second World War, deserves that. …

For the love of buying local

As snow starts to dust our rooftops, thoughts of shopping for the holidays are like subtle sugar plum fairies dancing in my head. The pandemic accelerated our rate of online shopping this year, and that trend will likely continue, but take a minute to consider what happens if we don’t support local. Also think about what will occur if we …

What exactly is the end game for COVID-19?

It’s October and with that comes a renewed passion for scary movies. For me, the increasing polarization of society is horror movie scary. Aside from race relations, one of the top polarizing issues right now is COVID-19 and how we should be acting and reacting to keep ourselves, our friends and families, and greater communities safe. Opening schools was one …

Words do matter — and some lines should not be crossed

What is considered funny or clever advertising? What is thoughtless and offensive? There have always been lines we don’t cross, not in comedy, not in marketing, not on social media, not in conversation. Last week these very questions were sparked locally in relation to Black Lives Matter. Centre Ice Bar and Grill got their metaphorical hands slapped for an outdoor …