Same Old Controversy: American Gun Control

In case nothing jumped off the page while you were scanning Google News today, there was another mass shooting in the U.S. This time in Oregon, a state known for it's liberal tendencies. I know, nothing new or interesting here. Shootings in America have become so commonplace, so old hat, so expected, they're receiving the [...]

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How the Film Industry Murdered Originality

If the impending fall television season has taught me anything, it's that people will watch ANYTHING. From The CW's "Supergirl," which looks like a sad attempt at meshing the popularity of superhero films with "The Devil Wears Prada," to "Heroes Reborn," NBC's attempt at recapturing the short-lived success of 2004's Hayden Panettiere vehicle of the same name—Hollywood seems [...]

Awkward Moments: That’s Not My Name

"Yeah, Gray...Like the colour." I say this at least once EVERY DAY. No, I'm not exaggerating. I deal with the public on a daily basis and am frequently introduced to kindly patrons wanting to exchange names. This is Canada and people are friendly. It gets awkward. "No, not Greg. Gray. Nope, Gary has two syllables. It's pronounced Ggggg-rrrr-eeeeeeeh. Dre? [...]

Roundabouts vs. Intersections; ‘Murica vs. Jolly Ol’

There's only one thing I hate more than physical pain: boredom. Like Sherlock Holmes, my darkest fear is being slowly bored to death by a mid-season baseball game, or a rehearsal of the musical West Side Story by a group of overly confident amateurs. Which explains why I despite sitting in traffic with the vitriolic hatred of a thousand [...]

Should I Bother Voting?

I often wonder about the state of our political system...and I'm not alone. Every year, billions of dollars are pumped into attack ads, slander campaigns and those little eraser-less pencils that are designed to help Canada choose its next Alpha (The Prime Minister) and Omega (Deputy Prime Minister). You gotta love the democratic process. Realistically, we [...]

Cell Phones-Pros and Cons

I often wonder about the benefits of the technology age. Is this—the era of immediate accessibility and unlimited mobile porn—truly humanity's finest? I don't have the answer—all I have is the perspective of a male in his mid-twenties. I've noticed that interacting with the fairer sex has changed in the past few decades (I'm a heterosexual [...]

A Generation of Idiots…?

I had a lengthy discussion recently with one of my best buds. He argued the next generation was stock full of idiots. "Learning how to use an iPad before you're able to walk can't be good," he said. Keep in mind: he's got a few younger siblings who spend more time on YouTube than they [...]

Social Media, Attention Whoring and Selfie Sticks

It's no secret that the internet has changed the way humans interact with each other. Nowadays, children attend school with the omnipresent and inescapable reality that everything they do can and will be archived in an online database. Phones have become cheaper than food in many third world countries, which presents a horde of complications—on a [...]