Toddler-enjoying-air-cond-002I won’t live without air conditioning anymore. Been there, done that. I have spent many months of my life lying with multiple fans angled perfectly to maximize airflow, stripped bare lying on the bed with no sheets. It’s not a pretty picture I realize, but it’s my way of feeling less guilty about my use of air conditioning during the summer. Oh well.

I’m not great about adjusting the thermostat to conserve energy, but I accept it’s something we need to do. The question is… what does it take to actually get someone to turn their units off or up a few degrees… when they aren’t accountable to anyone but themselves?

Professor Dilip Soman has some ideas which I explain in my latest Here and Now piece:

Comma-nd of the English language

One of the problems with working in radio, is that nobody cares about my punctuation when I’m writing a story. Good thing I am no longer in a position to write an entrance exam like many new Canadians.

Find out how punctuation can wreak havoc as heard on CBC Radio’s Babel earlier this summer.

Punctuation and ESL students

Oh and after watching this many years ago, I have never misused an exclamation mark! Oh wait, did I just do it?! How bout now!?

Conflicted Canucks

I often try to imagine what it would be like to move permanently to another country. I can imagine adopting customs, language and food.

But the one thing I can’t imagine is cheering for a country other than Canada or a city other than Toronto (believe me, I tried in various cities… sorry Ottawa but I can’t stand the Sens.)

Which is why in our city there are so many conflicted fans.

I had a look at why recently on Metro Morning.

Should I stay or should I go?

Fitting that song is by a group called “The Clash” because that’s exactly what we have when it comes to the debate over cross-border shopping.

You can bring more goods back over the border now free of charge.

I’m not a big cross-border shopper but I have scored some sweet deals in the past. The problem is, those deals come at a cost… which is why Mike Colle wants people to shop in Toronto.

Meanwhile, this woman is not going to apologize for her cross-border shopping habit.

Hear them both say their piece (not at the Peace Bridge… although that would be a pretty cool place to hear them debate) as heard on Metro Morning.