The Plague-Ground – You have a right to disconnect

"I am sending you this email at a time that works for me. I don't expect you to respond to it until normal business hours, or when it suits your own work-life balance. I encourage you to make guiltless work-life choices and support flexible…

The Plague-Ground – Walk and Chew Gum.

When one thing is a disaster in your life, that's manageable. Two things and it's a crisis. Three - like lose your job, lose your health and lose your spouse --- and you have permission to pull the covers over your head and never come out. I…

The Plague-Ground – Remember When Women Were Called Women?

Last weekend, I was reading the proofs of my memoir which comes out in June. My editor queried one word in this sentence: "Like most couples, we have our unspoken tics and habits that signal everything's okay, or not." She wanted to…

The Plague-Ground – SOME HAND-WARMERS FOR YOUR HEART AND MIND

T.S. Eliot called April the cruellest month. But February is the coldest, though only outdoors, unless of course you're in Texas, which is on the Mexican border, and where parts of Dallas are so cold that water bottles are freezing next…

The Plague-Ground – The rise (and shine) of a near-dead medium.

Surely the Letter to Shareholders is one of the most torpid prose forms in any language. Written by an organization's CEO, it precedes the annual financial statements and is written in code. "Losses" become "negative growth." A "challenging…

The Plague-Ground – Monopolies and Men

"When you're used to having 100% of the market and someone comes along and takes 1% of your share, this can turn your world upside down." That was how a highly-perched woman viewed the real reason Canadian women can't seem to break the…

The Plague-Ground – Save the performing hearts

This Sunday, you can't have dinner in a restaurant in Toronto, but you can in New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo decided last week to allow partial- capacity indoor dining there because Valentine's Day is one of the biggest restaurant…
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The Plague-Ground – Most Seers See Wrong

That doesn't stop us from believing them, and acting on their pronouncements as if they were wrapped in a bodyguard of truth. I'm not talking about fake newshounds and grifters. I'm speaking of experts - economists, heads of think…

The Plague-Ground – Why Justin Trudeau Drives Me Nuts

By a large margin, most Canadians voted against Justin Trudeau in the last election. Or at least the Liberal Party he leads. They won only 33% of the popular vote, the lowest percentage for any governing party in Canadian history. I'm…

The Plague-Ground – How baked-in bias cooks chaos

Back in 2018, Barack Obama claimed publicly that “President Trump is a total and complete dipshit.” No, he did. Really. Watch it here. That was one of the very first Deep Fake Videos in the world. But in the past two years, the technology…

The Plague-Ground – Are you an elite, or a professional, or neither, or both?

Right now Roland King is in the woods behind our cottage, clearing brush in the bitter cold, sawing it, stacking it and selling it back to us as firewood. Roland just turns up, often working in the dark, always working for cash. Few people know…

The Plague-Ground – One Way to Close the Power Gap

Four years ago, Robyn Doolittle wrote a series for the Globe and Mail called Unfounded. That word is stamped on sexual assault cases closed by police for lack of evidence. After a 20-month investigation, Doolittle found that one in five reported…

The Plague-Ground – “Give me your tired and your poor…”

In just a few hours last week, Joe Biden began dismantling what Donald Trump took four years to build up. This made Sleepy Joe one of the fastest 78-year olds in America. His 30 executive orders included rejoining the Paris Climate Accord,…

The Plague-Ground – The Girl With the Speech Impediment

Amanda Gorman is as different from Donald Trump as any American can be. She’s young and Black and smart and funny and self-effacing and beautiful. She was raised by her mother, a middle school teacher, in Los Angeles. She got into Harvard…

The Plague-Ground – A Primer on Pedophiles

Sexual perversity is not what I thought I’d be writing about on this morning in America when the Presidency passes from a mentally-ill person to a sane and decent one. But the QAnon Movement has grown since its birth in 2017 from an unhinged…

The Plague-Ground – I see you. I know you. I jail you. I kill you.

We’ve all met someone we instantly dislike – even before they open their mouths. It’s not that you’re total strangers. A mutual friend is introducing you. But as the three of you stand there, there’s just something about him (or…

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,…