Weekly roundup April 14 – 20


Time for the CBC to take a big gamble iPolitics

I am pleased to announce my own transit plan National Post

Correlation does not imply causation (parental involvement edition) Simply Statistics

Get-out-the-vote campaigns miss the point The ChronicleHerald

In Scotland, separatists love ‘money and the ethnic vote’ The Globe and Mail

Sorry, gridlock is unfixable The Grid


Weekly roundup April 7 – 13


Jim Flaherty: a light goes out on Parliament Hill Maclean’s

Jim Flaherty to students: ‘Public service is good for you’ National Post

Under the covers Toronto Star

Public broadcasting at the crossroads–an open letter to CBC president Hubert Lacroix TV feeds my family

Get on your knees and opt-out National Post

Dimitri Soudas could have planned the most romantic election ever



I love this GEICO ad

Weekly roundup March 31 – April 6


Stephen Colbert responds to #CancelColbert campaign by dedicating an entire show to racial controversy National Post

17 reasons why Canada needs simple tax reform now Financial Post Magazine

Stop adding up the wealth of the poor Reuters

The Talk The Walrus

Saying goodbye to Toronto’s Cookbook Store Maclean’s



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Weekly roundup March 24 – 30


Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”: Explaining the hit music using music theory Slate

Eulogy for a Bookstore Torontoist

Fair Elections Act proof the Conservatives are no normal government National Post

How Transit Pays for the Automobile’s Sins Streetsblog USA

My life with you riding the train National Post

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage The Atlantic


DC Trip

A couple of weeks ago, Heather was off to a conference in Washington, DC, so we drove down. We left early on a Wednesday morning since a snow storm was predicted. We got to the border at Fort Erie in a brisk hour and a half. Our travels through New York state were very snowy and we saw almost no other cars until we got to a relatively short hill that was covered in trucks that could not get up the gentle incline. We also got stuck behind a train of cars led by a pickup with a trailer. Eventually, we made it into a town where we could pass the train.

Our route took us past the Allegheny National Forest which was obscured by fog on the drive down but quite clear and visible on the way back.

I spent most of my 3 days, while Heather was at her conference, walking around Washington. My first day took me from our Airbnb in Adams Morgan down to the White House, to the Freer Gallery and the Air and Space Museum. I enjoyed a delicious from Bahn Mi @ 608 and met up with Heather. We had a delicious dinner with one of her co-workers at Madam’s Organ.

My second day took me to the other side of the Washington Monument to visit Lincoln followed by a walk up to Georgetown in search of new shoes (that I never did find). We had a tasty dinner at Regent Thai before attending some progressive parties.

Saturday, I once again found myself around the Smithsonian museums. I went to the Natural History Museum in the morning and marvelled at the full patios everywhere I walked. Heather and I returned to the Natural History Museum later in the afternoon when her conference was done. I had an amazing piece of strawberry cheesecake from Sugar Daddy’s Bakery. We also met up with other Canadians from the conference for dinner at Tono Sushi on Connecticut.

On Sunday morning after a large breakfast bagel from Bethesda Bagels, we headed out on the road for a quick stop a Trader Joe’s before continuing home. The weather was clear and the roads were nice for the drive home. We only had to wait for 15 minutes at the border and got home without being slowed down by bad traffic or crashes.

It was a fun trip and a good place to mark my first visit to the US. I would recommend the route we took. It was scenic, when the fog was gone, and the hills make for a fun drive.

Trip info:

Photos from DC

Driving Trip from Toronto, ON to Washington, DC

Total Distance Driven: 1640 km

Fuel used: 127.291 L (4 fills)

Tolls Paid: US$2.60 (x2) for Penna Turnpike, C$3.25 for Peace Bridge