Author Archives: phantomobserver

About phantomobserver

I'm a professional librarian currently working in Ottawa, Ontario.

So Why Is Warren Kinsella Linking To An Anti-Justin Ad?

Okay, I do get that most of my audience would publicly declare that they wouldn’t give Warren Kinsella’s blog the time of day. Not surprising, given his normal anti-Tory stance. However, one of Mr. Kinsella’s virtues is that, when he … Continue reading

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Tin Ear Lizzie

There is one truism in modern politics that its practitioners always seem to forget: politicians have never been, and will never be, “hip.” It’s the nature of the beast. To have a career in politics implies an ability to display … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts On An Orange Alberta

Well, those who would have thought Jim Prentice would be Stephen Harper’s successor should be thankful they didn’t bet any money on the idea. No, I’m not going to weep / wail / mourn the so-called “death” of conservatism in … Continue reading

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Why Peanuts Should Matter to Margaret Wente

There’s a passage in Margaret Wente’s otherwise readable Globe column that bothers me: No matter how outraged we may be, the actual amount of money scammed from the public adds up to peanuts. The cost of Mr. Duffy’s lengthy trial, … Continue reading

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Why Sensible People Don’t Become Members of Parliament

So what do you think of your MP? Odds are: not much. I don’t mean that you have a low opinion of your member of Parliament. I do mean that whatever she or he does, doesn’t occupy a significant chunk … Continue reading

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Note To The Wise: Political Parties Never Leave People

Does this sound familiar to you? For a long time now I have found myself defending my membership of the Labour party while wondering what values of mine it defended any more. I didn’t leave the Labour party. It left … Continue reading

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The Original Mister Spock, R.I.P.

When he published an update to his previous memoir (entitled I Am Not Spock), Leonard Nimoy changed the title to I Am Spock. It was a rueful acknowledgement, and acceptance, that while it severely limited the number of roles he … Continue reading

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