Fairmont Royal York roof garden

Seeds and the City

By TJ Dawe Are we headed toward a civilization-wide collapse? Maybe. The bees are dying. A sperm whale with a belly full of plastic washed up on a Dutch island. People share maps on the internet … [Read More...]

Globe and Mail offices, Toronto

Stacked odds topple Stackhouse

By Rod Mickleburgh And so my former colleagues at the Globe and Mail have another big change at the top to mull over in the bars. That is, if newspaper types still go to the bar during these daze … [Read More...]

Toronto zombie musicians

At least somebody wants to visit Toronto

A BoB short Southern Ontario residents beware. According to an independent study released earlier this week, citizens of Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto, and London are more likely than any other … [Read More...]

Toronto Occupy camp

In the shadow of Flaherty’s funeral

By Montreal Simon Well I knew what he was going to do from the moment he announced that Jim Flaherty would have a state funeral, for no good reason. And then let it be known that he had … [Read More...]

John Tortorella behind bench

Tortorella’s Heritage Clunker

By Mark Leiren-Young Vancouver Canucks Coach John Tortorella really does have a sense of history. On Sunday he successfully reminded everyone of the days when it was embarrassing to cheer for the … [Read More...]

Rene-Levesque

Quebec election: From Lévesque to Marois — an artist’s journey

By Gaëtan L. Charlebois Many won't say it out loud, though many others will, but it has been a commonly held belief for over four decades that Quebec culture is superior to culture in the Rest of … [Read More...]

A detective looking through a magnifing glass

CSEC: Hackdom’s Sugar Daddy

By Alison@Creekside Nope, not a photoshop this time. It's CSEC, the Canadian government's version of the NSA, presenting a hacker conference for computer security enthusiasts this November in … [Read More...]

Politics

Toronto Occupy camp

In the shadow of Flaherty’s funeral

By Montreal Simon Well I knew what he was going to do from the moment he announced that Jim Flaherty would have a state funeral, for no good reason. And then let it be known that he had PERSONALLY written the eulogy he would deliver. And sure enough he did turn that solemn occasion into yet … [Read More...]

Jim Flaherty waving goodbye

Flaherty: An insatiable desire to kill government

By Montreal Simon I think it's fair to say that he was a better person at the end of his political career than he was at the beginning. He did reinvent himself from a pit bull to something vaguely resembling a pragmatist. He did become more human. And I'm sorry he died before he could … [Read More...]

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A Modest Opinion

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A Modest Opinion — A Form Letter for the End of the World

By Nathaniel Moher If you’re reading this, I fear it’s too late. I left this letter with backofthebook.ca in case I had to disappear to my bomb shelter. That’s why it’s too late for all of you . . . because none of you would listen to me when I told you to buy a […]

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Culture

Toronto zombie musicians

At least somebody wants to visit Toronto

A BoB short Southern Ontario residents beware. According to an independent study released earlier this week, citizens of Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto, and London are more likely than any other Canadians to be devoured by an undead hoard. The report, prepared by University of Alberta engineering graduate and blogger Michael Ross, ranks 20 Canadian cities on their likelihood to survive a zombie apocalypse. Ross took into consideration six factors, including the distance to the closest military base, average temperature, population density, obesity rate, physical activity, and gun ownership. The results show St. John’s, Regina, and Edmonton as the safest cities, while southern Ontario is basically screwed. Ross refers to the region as a “zombie playground.” He also advises readers to live … [Read More...]

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Media

Rene-Levesque

Quebec election: From Lévesque to Marois — an artist’s journey

By Gaëtan L. Charlebois Many won't say it out loud, though many others will, but it has been a commonly held belief for over four decades that Quebec culture is superior to culture in the Rest of Canada (ROC). (This will not be the only irritating idea I will share here, so if you can't handle that . . . look away.) The fact is: I was one of those who believed this at one time because I was one of the artists within this milieu and I was so arrogant about it that when I went elsewhere in the country with my plays, I would drive people nuts. I know this because a couple of people told me I was doing precisely that. There was a time … [Read More...]

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Science & Technology

A detective looking through a magnifing glass

CSEC: Hackdom’s Sugar Daddy

By Alison@Creekside Nope, not a photoshop this time. It's CSEC, the Canadian government's version of the NSA, presenting a hacker conference for computer security enthusiasts this November in … [Read More...]

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The Video: Pierre Poilievre on why he’s right, you’re wrong (Click below to play)