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Transit City: “What is to be done?”

This is the latest in my “subway people” series of posts. We don’t tend to learn the stories of people we run into during our day-to-day lives; but fiction writers usually give chance encounters big import. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could know which of these small encounters will affect our lives, as if […]

Escape from a frozen lake

Walking on water – that’s what we joked we were doing. We were on Stoney Lake, near Lakefield, Ontario, with the water frozen deeply enough so snowmobiles could drive across it. Riders had cooperated to keep everyone safe – orange stakes pounded into the ice marked a safe route across the snow-covered ice. A highway […]

Say hello to the fairies

“Say hello to the fairies,” the big, burly man sitting in the taxi next to me said. “Hello, fairies,” he laughed, waving out the window. I couldn’t let him make a fool of himself, so I joined in. “Hello, fairies,” I waved self-consciously. Driving on the Isle of Man from the airport to the island’s […]

Driving pet peeves – they’re universal

There was an 80-car pile-up on Highway 401 just outside Toronto on Friday. It appears that lake effect snow squalls had a big part to play in the crash but, as one police constable told the Toronto Star, it wasn’t just the snow: “It’s obviously drivers’ reactions in weather conditions of that nature that led […]

Drinking and driving in County Kerry

Next time you go to County Kerry there may be more drunk drivers on the road. Kerry County Council has passed a motion to let some rural denizens drink even though they’re legally drunk – all in the name of fighting loneliness on the isolated windswept peninsulas. Here’s a story we worked on today about […]

To work on the Gardiner Expressway in 3 minutes flat

Two of my favourite moments this holiday involved driving on Toronto’s inner-city highways. Oddly, they reflect some of the biggest issues facing our city this year: crumbling infrastructure and commuter congestion. Moment one: We are stuck in traffic on the Don Valley Parkway — a daily fight for many Torontonians. The Parking Lot, as it’s […]

What we found shooting moose in Algonquin Park

During a hike in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, I bumped into a guy I’d met on a plane going to London about 5 years previously. I was in Algonquin Park. Just finishing up a quick hike – a break from driving down the highway looking for moose. We were returning to the car […]

Night driving to the edge of the falls

When I want to be alone sometimes, I take a drive. One of my all-time favourites was a midnight run to Niagara Falls. Here’s a description of that drive slightly edited from an article I wrote for the Independent on Sunday. One evening, between Christmas and New Year, I wanted to escape the hustle of […]

I’ll always have Paris

Disneyland beckons. If my daughter has her way, that’s where I’m going for our next holiday. Personally, I’d prefer Paris. Dingle, Ireland would do nicely. Heck, I’d be happy with a week at the cottage. There are stranger reasons to go to a place. One of the funniest I’ve ever heard came from an older […]

Falling for an MGB

It was the curves that first attracted me. Standing by the curb, she had an open face – twinkling and gleaming in the sunshine. We struck up an immediate friendship. I approached her and leaned in close, afraid to touch. She was British Racing Car Green, although I didn’t know it at the time. I […]

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