Author Archives: phantomobserver

About phantomobserver

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

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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We Don’t Need More Sana Hassainias — But We’re Going To Get Them

Sana Hassainia, you ask, what the heck is that? Actually it’s a who: Sana Hassainia is the independent (but formerly New Democrat) MP for the Quebec riding of Verchères-Les-Patriotes, and according to the CBC she is the MP with the … Continue reading

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Peter Van Loan Defines Combat

Yesterday, the Opposition raised a question of privilege, accusing the Harper government of misleading the House on the nature of Canada’s military role in Iraq. (The mission is known as Operation IMPACT, and you can find the official DND page … Continue reading

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Why Jeb Bush Is Braver Than The Ontario Liberal Party

Private e-mails made public, as Sony Pictures executives and now surely attest, can sink a career. They can also, with a certain amount of bravery, bolster it. as Jeb Bush is now wont to demonstrate. It’s a risk, certainly. Something … Continue reading

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On MPs And Their Hospitality

Let me draw your attention to this story in the Ottawa Citizen, which discusses the hospitality expenses of our Members of Parliament. More helpfully, the actual report itself is available here at the Parliamentary web site. If you want to … Continue reading

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Resolutions for 2015

You’ll have probably noticed that I’ve been blogging a lot less than I have been, since I first started on blogspot. Part of it is because I’ve been busy with other things; a good part of it, though, is because … Continue reading

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Yes, Iggy’s Back. And No, You Shouldn’t Yawn

Sometimes I get the feeling our political pundits like to blast our current and former politicians as a way to pass the time. Take, for example, Michael Den Tandt’s takedown of Michael Ignatieff, just because the former Liberal leader chose … Continue reading

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Why Sell Justin?

Much, it seems, has been written by dissatisfied Tories about Justin Trudeau’s family portrayal in Chatelaine. Frankly, all I have to say is people who think they’re going to find hard hitting political commentary in a lifestyle magazine (which is … Continue reading

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Justin Trudeau’s Good Luck

“A lousy week,” opines The Globe and Mail. “Canada’s first war casualty,” notes The Star’s Chantal Hébert. And no question about it: the downside of the Liberal Party leader’s current image strategy has finally caught up with him. And yet … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 1984 Conservative Renaissance

For those Tories with a sense of history, today is special. Today is the 30th anniversary of the election that brought Brian Mulroney and the then-Progressive Conservatives to a majority government, and that handed the federal Liberals under John Turner … Continue reading

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