Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Spalding Gray is Dead

I had hoped that he would just come back, like he had taken an unplanned vacation. Instead, they found his body in the East River. I am really saddened by this news.


Monday, March 08, 2004

Ten Stupid Things

Off the top of my head, a list of stupid things:

electric can openers
electric pencil sharpeners
the top 40
opinion polls
George W. Bush
awards shows
leaf blowers
Stephen Harper


Tuesday, March 02, 2004

I don't get it

The Liberals took a big hit in the polls after the sponsorship scandal hit the news. I would say that they deserved it. What I can't understand is why the support for the Conservative Party of Canada increased. This party has no leader; it is comprised of the remnants of two failed parties; it is dysfunctional. What about the NDP? Seriously. Jack Layton deserves a chance. Besides, the NDP supports the full decriminalization of marijuana. That's progressive.

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Monday, March 01, 2004


The Toronto District School Board is considering a plan that would cut the number of full- time librarians from 101 to 38. No secondary school within the system will be left with a full-time teacher-librarian! Some libraries may only stay open for 70 minutes per day!

This is scary. I find this inconceivable. I can't imagine how high school would be without consistent access to a library. Students have less and less understanding of how information is organized, and no idea how to access quality information.

Despite the fun we made of our high school librarian, I learned a lot from him. I am amazed that many third and even fourth year university students do now know how to find journal articles, and have no comprehension of the differences between books and journals. When I was a high school student, we would drive to the local University to get articles for our history papers. By the time I got to University, Historical Abstracts was a very familiar resource.

This budget cut, if it happens, will have serious repercussions.

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