Monthly Archives: March 2011

Books and Transportation

I knew something seemed off in the early 1990s, when my older daughter didn’t have her own set of school texts. My recollections of primary and secondary school were of having personal texts that one generally returned at the end … Continue reading

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Randy Newman: Generosity of Thought

Saw Randy Newman last night at the Centrepointe Theatre, in Ottawa. Intimate setting; 800 or so seats. Went with my former legal colleague, who had reminded me to get tickets after I had waited some four weeks after the concert … Continue reading

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Neil Young Juno

Saw Neil Young at the March 26 Juno banquet; the standing ovation when receiving the award for Best Adult Alternative Album. Looking forward to seeing him receive the already announced Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the March 27 televised Juno … Continue reading

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Juno Banquet

At the Juno Awards banquet in Toronto. First time of many, or at least some, I hope. Here due to work with musicians resulting in acceptance for membership in the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, plus encouragement from … Continue reading

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Estate Plan Fractured: The Adult Child

I encounter the adult child situation with a fair degree of frequency in the wills and estates component of my law practice. Several children in a family, but one is having problems addressing adult responsibilities, particularly financial. The parents are … Continue reading

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Meetings, Resolutions, Meetings

The world leaders are meeting in Paris today to determine how to counter Gaddafi’s otherwise impending victory in the civil war in Libya. Prime Minister Harper is there. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon is there. Then on the newsclip I … Continue reading

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Capitale Journée II: Voice to Ear

After writing about so much French music that I had been missing, I decided to write to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. My comments: I am interested in knowing whether there is any encouragement on the part of the … Continue reading

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He owned a small men’s clothing store in a mid-sized shopping mall. He was a graduate of Upper Canada College. This was in the 1980s; I was there as the lawyer as student-in-accounts, reviewing his books. Times were not good. … Continue reading

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Warwick Hotel

The Warwick Hotel was located at the corner of Jarvis and Dundas Streets in Toronto. It was around the corner and down the street from where I lived, at Sherbourne and Dundas, between 1977 and 1981. As of the late … Continue reading

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No Canadian-Made Accounting Standards; No Problem?

Imagine that the federal and provincial governments had given away their rights to establish laws in their respective constitutional jurisdictions, in favour of following laws established by the United Nations. I suspect that most would find this objectionable, based on … Continue reading

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