The Plague-Ground – How to divert – and defend – yourself this weekend.

Enough of reality. It makes my head hurt. We’re all locked-down. It’s not even February. So rather than writing about plagues and insurrections, today’s Plague-Ground will be unimpeachably and giddily about you. Here are some ways to…

The Plague-Ground – Stupid White Men

Remember the shirtless, horned rioter who carried his 6-foot spear into the US Senate chamber last Wednesday? Jake Angeli is 32-years old and lives in Phoenix. He’s an unsuccessful actor and voice-over artist who’s now an entrepreneur,…

The Plague-Ground – Trump in the Bunker

No, Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler. The Republican Party is not the Nazis, and America is not the Third Reich. But in these fiery last days of America’s first seditious President, there is a sense that The White House will become the President’s…

The Plague-Ground – Strike 4. We’re out.

“Where were you when….?” Yesterday was one of those days. I’d chalked up two of them in the past four years, to balance the two engraved in my brain for many years: November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated,…

The Plague-Ground – A Masterclass in Thuggery

I urge you to set aside an hour of your life to listen to a man whom you likely disdain and whose predations account for untold misery in America today -- especially this very day. I want you to listen to Donald Trump’s phone call last…

The Plague-Ground – A shot in the arm

The vaccine’s no longer coming. It’s here. The trouble is, its presence is as spotty and enduring as our response to the pandemic itself. And by “here,” I don’t just mean Canada, but the world. EU leaders on the weekend rushed…

The Plague-Ground – We’re seeing other people.

What one word sums up your year? Mine isn’t ‘COVID’ or ‘coronavirus’, even though those words appeared in half the stories in the New York Times and four-fifths of them in The Economist – by late March. No, the word that sums…

The Plague-Ground – Where will you be in the hour after sunset today?

I urge you and your family to go outside, point your eyes to the southwest sky and behold something no human has seen since the year 1226, and none will see again until 2080. Jupiter and Saturn will be so close together, as wide as a toothpick…

The Plague-Ground – It’s complicated. Life and death always is.

On Monday I wrote about A Bill to Kill You, otherwise called Bill C-7 which proposes big changes in the rules of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Today, you can qualify for MAiD if you are in the advanced stage of a serious illness, disease…

The Plague-Ground – But Do You Remember the Most Famous Christmas of All?

It’s arriving in 10 days, and whatever we call the Great December holiday, it will be the one we’ll never forget as the pandemic forces us to celebrate in awkward new ways. Or all alone. Or not at all. So if that day has come to mean…

The Plague-Ground – A Bill to Kill You

If you’ve never heard of Bill C-7 or recall only vaguely that it's something Parliament is debating, it’s time you learned more, because C-7 can determine how and when you die. Some background: medically-assisted death (MAiD) was legalized…

Mandating quotas will ensure women have a spot at the C-suite table

Germany's coalition government recently voted to enforce quotas for women in senior management of the country's public companies. Next year, management boards with more than three members must have at least one woman. This is not a…

The Plague-Ground – Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman-With-a-Big-Twitter-Following Scorned

Especially if you’re one of the world’s most revered ethicists on the use and abuse of AI. But most especially if you’re the co-leader of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team at Google whose founding value of “Don’t Be Evil”…

The Plague-Ground – Trump.com is the worst Trump.con of all

You may have heard America’s 45th President will announce his campaign to be the 47th President on the eve of the inauguration of the 46th President. A typical Trump stunt. But nowhere near his latest, most cynical grift yet. That judgement…

The Plague-Ground – Who do elephants like to sleep with? Elephants.

The world shifted after George Floyd was killed this summer. The desire for diversity exploded into a demand for it, especially at the top. Only five Fortune 500 CEOs are Black, and of the 13 Global 500 companies led by women, none is a woman…

The Plague-Ground – Can you be creative and clean too?

We all do dumb things when we’re young, and my list is very long. But I never smoked cigarettes. I must have had one drag back when I was 12, hacked my lungs out and concluded: “This is disgusting.” But I did work for a tobacco company,…

The Plague-Ground – What Happens When You Finally Leave Your Abuser

Every expert says this is the most dangerous time. You have crossed the man who has stolen your life. His rage is volcanic; his hurt, vast and eternal. You flinch at every sound; look back at everyone walking behind you. Is it him? This…

The Plague-Ground – Virus and Vaccine: Charting our death and resurrection

Back on Friday, March 13th, we were all so doe-eyed and naive. COVID was killing thousands in Italy and in Canada we’d all just been sent to our rooms. It took only that weekend for most of us to frantically look for ways to divert ourselves. This…