House Proud – Making It Right In New Orleans. Toronto Sun

Hollywood screenwriters could not have come up with a script this compelling: Canada’s own contractor extraordinaire Mike Holmes teams up with A-list movie star Brad Pitt to restore the devastated Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. But it’s not a movie; it’s the real-life adventure to make practical and pretty homes for some of those who lost theirs in Hurricane Katrina. Both of the guys behind the project just happen to be household names.  …

Site Out of Sight

Sorry if you dropped by earlier today or late yesterday and got an error message on this website.  Some of you have told me you’ve had problems posting comments recently, too.  That’s as frustrating for me as it is for you but apparently it has been fixed. (I’m taking bets on how long before the first email comes in telling me it’s not!)  …

Apoplectic over Apostrophes

Oh, I could do a little rant about the Junos today and how, after a spectacular performance from Nickelback, the usually dependable Russell Peters sucked all the life out of the opening with his lame contribution.  But I’d rather talk about the apostrophe and try to figure out why so many people have no idea how to use it.  …

Legal Eagles

My earliest memory of my answer to the question, What do you want to be when you grow up?, was A lawyer.  Then I found out how long I’d have to be in school and decided to explore a plan b or c for my life’s work.  I was always eager to get out of school and start doing whatever it was I was going to do.  …

Bonus Madness

There’s something about some people who rise through the ranks of their profession to the very top, where their word is law and their decisions have a direct impact on the lives of those on lower rungs of the ladder.  Some people forget what it was like to be in the rank and file. …