Tag Archives: Toronto

Transit City: An awkward, pregnant pause

I was wondering why she was reading a children’s book. I didn’t see the title page, didn’t catch its name. But I could see, peering down on her as I stood holding on to the pole in the subway, snooping, something in big, kid-friendly type, about frogs. She seemed engrossed; was reading intently. This middle-aged […]

Rob Ford taught my kid a lesson

I never thought the mayor of Toronto would give me the grist I need for a frank talk with my 9-year-old kid about the perils of smoking crack cocaine. It was during one of our dinner table talks. We’ve been making a point lately of sitting down and chatting about issues of the day – […]

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 […]

A reason to take public transit

The Toronto Transit Commission used to be touted as the best public transit system North America. Not any more. The joke is that TTC stands for “Take The Car.” And that’s exactly what I do most days. I can bypass the centre of the city, taking main arterial roads and highways, and get to work […]

Fanfare for The Wiggles

As farewell tours go, this one’s not likely to go down in history. But in households around the world, the toddler set is mourning the loss of The Wiggles. The wildly popular band of four grown men from Australia – Anthony, Greg, Jeff and Murray – has had toddlers and their parents moving to the […]

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