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Archive for July, 2011

Pride 2011

As Toronto celebrates the 31st annual Pride Parade today, it’s worth remembering that Canada maintains some of the most progressive LGBT legislation in the world.

This year I joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) with a million people in what’s estimated as the largest parade ever.

The CCLA has expressed concerns about the continuing funding of the parade.

Daniel Dale of The Star caught us on Twitter. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip: Hot Dog, It’s Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day, so we’re all off celebrating. But because it’s also Friday, I thought I’d schedule this fillip for the folks south of the border and those Canadians who have taken their CrackBerrys to the cottage. It’s just a bit of musing on that “best friend” of summer celebrations, the humble hot dog — the frankfurter, the wiener, and surely one of the “wurst” hits of nutrition going.

Western lit first records the hot dog in ancient Greece, marking even then the eagerness of the diner: in the words of Homer’s Odyssey,

[H]e tossed about as one who

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Posted in: Miscellaneous