Happy Birthday To Me!

Turning the big milestone in a pandemic. Second birthday in lockdown too! I just re-read what I wrote for my last birthday in lockdown.

Wow how young and idealistic I was. So naive and optimistic. Here’s the thing I still am. Don’t get me wrong I am frustrated with where we are. I was hoping that at 40 I wouldn’t be looking at the exact same situation as I did when I turned 39. I am even more frustrated with the anti-masker, conspiracy theorists and anti vaxxers that still parade around. Causing more harm than good.

However, that doesn’t detract from my optimism for us all. As many readers know, I co-host a news and issues podcast called The 905er. Our most compelling episodes in my opinion are with our younger guests. Teens and young adults working to make our world a better and more fairer place. I must admit that I am in awe of their passion and commitment to justice. It reminds me that there are somethings worth fighting for.

Vaccines are being rolled out. Clumsily and chaotically sometimes, but they are getting in people arms. And the majority of people want them. We are going to get through this. I am hopeful that we will become something better on the other side. Perseverance is key, and it will be rewarded.

And then this time next year, when we are all vaccinated and able to socialise like normal again, you can all be invited to celebrate my 39th birthday…again.

America Burning…

It’s hard to focus on anything these days except the state of America. Even a global pandemic can’t hold back the centuries of racial injustice perpetrated on African Americans and other minorities. As a Canadian, I look at the nightly news these days with a shake of my head. Disappointed in what was once the great dream of America, being transformed into a nightmare. I am not shocked however.

Any student of American history, can understand the seeds for this discord were sown centuries ago. Actually it was done on July 4, 1776 to be precise. With the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers stated infamously “All men are created equal”, and then purposefully limited who could be defined as a man. Racial inequality has been a part of the American way of life since before it was born. They have never let go of that tradition. Heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and going back as far as Frederick Douglass have fought for every inch of freedom. Their stories running parallel to the American experiment.

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Here’s to turning 39 in a pandemic

Today I turn 39. It’s not a milestone exactly but in a pandemic it causes a moment of reflection.

I will be celebrating it as normal as one can these days. I will be ordering out for dinner with the family. We’ll have cake. And I am receiving many well wishes from friends and extended family. I’ll admit these are practices that aren’t much different from previous years.

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My Opinion Piece was published in The Spec today

You can read it online here.

Feeling rather proud this morning getting my first Op-Ed published in a major newspaper. Hope your Friday is going well.

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Restaurants are asking for help, we should listen

I wrote an Opinion piece I submitted to local papers on the crisis our restaurant industry is facing. I’m not sure if it’ll get picked up or not, but I figured I’d share it here anyways. Enjoy:

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