Weekly roundup June 10-16


How the Raptors’ historic run left McDonald’s on the hook for millions in free french fries Financial Post

20 DND staff involved in writing letter after drunken junket article angers military leadership Ottawa Citizen

Brazilian government accused of suppressing data that would call its war on drugs into question Science


Weekly roundup June 3 - 9


Boeing Built Deadly Assumptions Into 737 Max, Blind to a Late Design Change The New York Times

‘The board man gets paid’: An oral history of Kawhi Leonard’s college days The Athletic

Thoughts On Translation transom


Weekly roundup May 27 - June 2


Is Céline Dion a lesbian icon? Xtra

Dear Toronto, Do You Even Know Who Kawhi Leonard Really Is? by blacks

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc The New York Times

Nashville hot chicken is taking over Los Angeles Los Angeles Times


Weekly roundup May 20 - 26


Outside Voices The New Yorker

How to Revisit the Ghosts of Your Past The New York Times

They Had It Coming The Atlantic

Cold War spy plane images illustrate human development—and destruction CBC Spark



Weekly roundup May 13 - 19


The rabbi, the taxman and the meaning of the word ‘or’: A tax case for grammarians Financial Post

Brazil’s AOC: Tabata Amaral Has Brasília Out of Its Comfort Zone Americas Quarterly

Monty McCutchen’s wild ride from small-town Texas to the top of the reffing world theScore


Weekly roundup May 6 - 12


How Latin America Is Holding Back Its Own Growth Americas Quarterly

My top three ‘lessons learned’ from the Mark Norman case National Post

The NBA is obsessed with 3s, so let’s finally fix the thing ESPN


Montreal is Here

Today, I started a job in my company’s Montreal office. My actual job is not changing very much, but my main client is changing. I have spent a large amount of the last six years working with the Toronto Pearson airport on a variety of studies and tasks. I even spent 3 months seconded there to bridge the time between someone’s promotion and their old position getting filled. Things are changing and I think for the better.

For the last month, since I got my offer, I have been thinking about all the things I have done and seen over my 10 and 2/3 years in Toronto. I first moved to Toronto in May 2007 and had two gaps: 8 months in Calgary and 6 months in Ottawa. So much of the early Toronto experience is in my photo archive and on flickr (set 1 and set 2 until flickr deletes them), and there was a lot going on in Toronto back then. Or maybe it was a new city and that needed to be explored.

Later adventures were often showing someone else around and sharing all the things I’d seen or learned over the years. I really liked playing tour guide because it made Toronto feel like it was my city and I got to reveal the hidden gems. This was even true in all the times when I did not feel like I belonged in Toronto because my friends weren’t around or nobody was interested in the thing I found so cool.

It felt like Toronto had had its moment with me in the end. There will always be things there that will make me feel nostalgic, but even now many of the places and events are no longer how they were when they made me feel like I would never leave. I had been thinking about finding a new place to go for at least eight months out loud to other people and longer just to myself. So while it might seem like a sudden change, it is not that sudden from my perspective. I am lucky that I got the chance to move without needing to start a completely new job in a new place.

All this is to say that I will miss Toronto because it is a beautiful city with seemingly limitless new ways to see all the places that I have walked before or have imagined walking, and there are many people there who made it a great place to live.

Now, the time has come to use my eyes of wonder and curiosity to have new and exciting experiences in Montreal. Et peut-être j’utiliserai tout le français que j’ai appris dans l’immersion.