Non-fiction

Category: Non-fiction

Lately, I have been reading a number of articles by industry experts and journalists espousing the virtues of the sixty-equity, forty-bond allocation. Their reasoning is that There Is No Alternative (TINA) to earn a good return on your hard-earned capital. I know enough to know this advice is more in line with their interests than yours. In 2017, it will only have been ten years since the beginning of the last financial crisis. For someone who is retired, or soon to be, the 60-40 allocation may be very dangerous advice. Here’s why!

We’ve all heard it. The sound of one team sucking. Our team. The Leafs. It usually starts this time of year. And while everything seems rosy for Leafs fans, just wait. The panic will soon set in.

Building in intensity with each defeat until, sometime after the All-Star break, the sound explodes — an internalized shriek like the noise a star might make if you ripped its heart out.

It’s a ritual for us.

A group of women wrapped in furs and warm winter cloaks stands on the quay at Boulogne. Around them surges a blue, red, and khaki sea of French, British, and Belgian soldiers. White-veiled nurses run alongside patients being carried on stretchers onto waiting ships. There are shouts, marching orders, and whistles as the women stand silently watching, absorbing the details of what they are seeing, overcome by the reality that they are on the doorstep of the Great War.

They are the first party of female Canadian journalists allowed into France to visit the lines of communication.

Recent articles on the lack of affordable, detached houses in Toronto — and there are many such articles — fail to show proper respect for the elephant in the room: unfettered population growth.

Article after article blames low interest rates, land transfer taxes, red tape, the provincial government’s efforts to protect our greenbelt and all sorts of other “villains” for what is essentially a matter of simple math.

A recent report indicated that 86% of street drugs tested at Insite, the safe injection site in Vancouver,  contain fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can make people sick and even kill them. There are many reasons to end the War on Drugs and to shift from criminalization to legalization and regulation.  A main one is to prevent those who use drugs from being poisoned by tainted substances.

"Cases of poisoning happen all too frequently."

 

DON BRAID: After more than a year's work, the big majority of it by co-author Sydney Sharpe, our book Notley Nation is coming to the bookstores.

SYDNEY SHARPE: Don Braid and I have written three books together. A marriage can only handle one book per decade. (I leave the math to you.) The other five I somehow managed on my own.

RIELLE BRAID: After quite some time of watching my badass mother and father (Don Braid and Sydney Sharpe) work their butts off, their new book is finally out and ready to be read by you!

Travelling through South Korea, it never fails to surprise me that its tourism sector shows almost no inclination to create accommodation, facilities and amenities that appeal to North American and European vacation tastes. Not that South Korea necessarily needs to cater to the West’s vacation value system. The Asian nation receives about 12 million tourists annually, the vast bulk from China and Japan, and only a pittance from Europe and North America. If South Korea could tap into this market, its tourism numbers could escalate.

DID YOUR KNOW? Both the books mentioned in this post qualify for 25% off!Use promo code: remember at checkout. How did you come up with the idea for the book Australia and Canada in Afghanistan?

It's a collection of papers delivered at a conference to my colleagues at the Graham Centre held at the University of Toronto two years ago, in partnership with the Canadian Forces College and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.

Ever since visiting and illustrating Toronto’s 100 libraries, my love of public libraries has grown even more. 

As a traveller, a public library is the best place to go!

Now, when I’m travelling outside Toronto to cities near and far, I take time to visit their local libraries. 

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