Compelling performances at the mike and on the bike during Tour de France – hats off to all

Chris Froome in final stage of Tour de France 2015

I am not a sports-watcher, except, that is,  for a few days each year during the Tour de France. I like the Tour especially for the announcers - and this year's finish was a delight. A passionate outburst - entirely typical behaviour - from seasoned commentator Carlton Kirby as the winner rolled … [Read more...]

Some like it hot, but coffee can be delicious cold – here’s how

Vancouver's uncharacteristically - til now - hot weather has propelled me contribute to my occasional coffee series. It's on account of the problem of being a coffee addict when it's hot. Wandering through the Whistler Farmers' Market recently I came upon the coffee/hot weather solution - it was … [Read more...]

Bridge pose – BC Libs didn’t read audience, do homework before ill-fated yoga fete

Don't be thinking yoga and politics never cross paths. In the close to 20 years I've done yoga I've seen plenty of politics on and near the mats. This week's fracas over the awkwardly named Yoga Om the Bridge in Vancouver was a fascinating blend of the two - with some crisis communications thrown … [Read more...]

Tale of a shopping spree, a dishrack and how you can help Cuban musicians

I was in Cuba in February. I dipped into an engaging ongoing enterprize that brings musical instruments to that country. I went with  a group called CUBAbility. One of their current projects is gathering instruments in the Toronto area, renting and filling a shipping container and sending it to … [Read more...]

Big Sugar hired a PR firm; we now eat 100 pounds of it a year

I went into the documentary Sugar Coated thinking I'd be coming straight home and dumping out the sugar bowl. Instead I had a piece of dark chocolate while mulling over how public relations can be used irresponsibly. The 90-minute doc, directed by Toronto's Michelle Hozer, was less about the evils … [Read more...]