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[FORUM] What are your favourite strategies of political protest?

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Please, discuss. I’m interested in hearing your ideas.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Posted in Forum, Politics

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[FORUM] What are you doing about the current crisis, in the US and elsewhere?

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We’re only nine days into the Trump Administration, and already it feels as if we’re on the bring of something.

What are you doing? (What am I doing? Watching, for wanting of knowing what to do.)

Written by Randy McDonald

January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

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[FORUM] What sort of a difference do you think #womensmarch has made and will make?

All weekend, my Facebook and other social media feeds–Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, G+, probably even LinkedIn–have been filled with images of people taking part in their local manifestation of the Women’s March. I’ve seen images of people marching in protest of the new president in dozens of communities around the world, with photos coming from as close to home to me as Toronto and as far away as Antarctica. It’s quite heartening.

My question tonight is simple. Do you think that #womensmarch is the beginning of something big? Is it your sense that it might lead to new mass movements of decided heft? Is that your experience, so far? Or do you think it might not be all that, in the end, if not for others then not for you?

Please, discuss.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[FORUM] Any recommendations for someone visiting Montréal next weekend?

Any recommendations for someone visiting Montréal next weekend? #toronto #montreal #montréal #travel #tourism

Somewhat embarrassingly, the last time I was in Montréal was in the summer of 2003. What can I say but that, sometimes, it’s ridiculously easy to get caught in traps, to be bound up in tight patterns and not have the imagination to look outside these at the wider world. At least I’m doing it now.

Friends, readers, others: What would you recommend to someone going to Montréal? What attraction stands out particularly for you? Are there tricks I might be well-advised to learn in advance? What are your favourite memories of Canada’s second city?

Please, discuss.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[FORUM] What are your plans for 2017?

Discuss, please.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Posted in Forum, Non Blog

[FORUM] What will you be doing Christmas Day?

Among other things, I think I may venture out to Pacific Mall. Why not? It’s been years since I’ve been.

What about you? What do you have planned for tomorrow?

Written by Randy McDonald

December 24, 2016 at 11:59 pm

[FORUM] How have your neighbourhoods evolved?

My neighbourhood of Dovercourt Village, and the west-end neighbourhoods surrounding it where I have spent most of the past decade, has evolved significantly. In brief, gentrification has started, with higher-end residential and retail options coming to join–perhaps, eventually, to replace–what had been a substantially working-class enclave. The transition has been good for me, so far, but I do fear what might yet come.

What about you? How has your neighbourhood been changing? Has it been consistently changing in any particular direction? What do you feel about this?

Discuss.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 18, 2016 at 11:30 pm