Monthly Archives: September 2016

119: Donald Fagen, The Professor of Cool

Whether it’s the clean sound or the precision musicianship, Steely Dan and Donald Fagan in his solo work have been favourites of mine since “Aja” was released 1977. Today I am sharing a blog post and a vlog celebrating the work of Donald Fagen and Steely Dan…enjoy!

The first is from the Immortal Jukebox, a blog I have shared with you in the past.


The second is post from Nerdwriter1 about Steely Dan’s Deacon Blues from the aforementioned Aja. He deconstructs “Deacon Blues”, helping to make sense of the coolness of Steely Dan.


I hope you enjoy these tow posts about a musician really like listening to. Please take a look at some of the other work these two have produced.

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118: Dear Glenn, Charles and Kathleen (Sung Prudently*)

Dear Glenn, we don`t know how to pay
Dear Glenn, we struggle to eat each day
The new bill is in, the previous is past due
It’s higher than the old one from you
Dear Glenn, we don`t know how to pay

Dear Charles, we don`t know what to say
Dear Charles, we don’t see a sunny way
The wind is dead but charges still ping
What you do won’t change anything
Dear Charles, we don’t know what to say

The meter goes around
And around round round
Goes around

Dear Kathleen, we see you meekly smile
Dear Kathleen, from your QP mile
Delivery charges cause me distain
Even less 8% is not a gain
Dear Kathleen, you are why you’ll never see me smile

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117: Be an Adult about Bad news


Prorogation is a legislative tool at the disposal of a government. It is legal, but when it is used it comes up as an ethical issue. Former Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak said it correctly, “it’s a pretty typical move for governments to make halfway through their mandate” and for this I would say it was acceptable – IF that was the real reason. He also added that the by-election loss in Scarborough-Rouge River may have caused the Wynne government to put the legislative reset into action.

The problem is that through the entire summer, the Ontario Liberals were not communicating anything that sounded like a restart was needed. Checking through the list of press releases sent out this summer the government thought it was doing great, there was no urgency to have a midcourse correction. Then September 8th came and a safe Liberal seat suddenly turned blue with the election of Raymond Cho as the area’s MPP following the mysterious resignation of Liberal Bas Balkinsoon.

Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, speaking with Evan Solomon on CFRA (  called it an act of desperation. She also correctly stated that there is “a lot of anger (around the province), the government is out of touch with everyday Ontarians. Hydro prices are skyrocketing and we are losing jobs.” She goes on to say that the government “was called out, in a by-election in Toronto of all places”.

The realization that energy pricing is out of reach of more Ontarians that the government thinks, and now that voters won’t give her a ‘pass’ on this one issue has forced Kathleen Wynne to react, not proactively act on a major concern for Ontarians. Some may say that there are programs out there to help low income families – but the requirements to receive the smallest of rebates are so outrageous that a very small percentage of applicants will see any money.

IF the urgency of their energy policy and pricing is the sole reason for reset, is the reset needed? Why not head back to Queen’s Park, accept, as the government (and as adults), what is waiting for you (the government) in question period? Why not present your plans with new legislation? Why not start turning down rate hydro rate increase requests? Why not start addressing the costs associated with the compensation of Hydro One and OPG executives? All of these can be done without asking Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to make a political speech on behalf of Kathleen Wynne.

When it comes to an honest reset, we don’t need the pomp and circumstance of speech from the throne. All we want from a government is action – not a reaction because you got a bad report card.

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115: The Letter

PB Ontario PC

“Things” happen, and when they happen it is mostly not a good thing. The “thing” that happened this week for Patrick Brown was a letter, a letter that never should have been sent out. I think I can safely say that Patrick Brown, had he known that someone was thinking of writing that letter – would have STOPPED IT RIGHT THERE. Unfortunately the letter did go out, but, it does not reflect how he and the Ontario PC Party stand of the new Ontario Sex Education curriculum.

I do not know who wrote the letter, but I am pretty sure it was not Patrick, nor did it come from the Leader’s Office. I frankly don’t know why anyone would think that the letter was needed; the campaign in Scarborough-Rouge River was not being fought on sex education. The issues were Hydro, Healthcare and a “Harder” life under the Liberals. If a letter was needed with a new issue, Yasir Naqvi’s claim that the Liberal Pay for Access is exactly the same as a political BBQ.

Since the introduction on the new Sex-Ed curriculum the Ontario PC Party has decried the lack of parental input into the courses. The government used the opinions of less than 1500 people to redraw how children are taught about sex, sexual preferences and lifestyle options. 1500 people represented 2 million children enrolled in Ontario’s elementary and secondary schools. The critical portion of the program affects grades K-8 where there are 1.3 million students. One consulted parent represented less than 1000 students. Imagine the out roar if the Election Reform committee altered our election system to allow one voter to represent the views of 1000 others.

Patrick was right to apologize and re-state his personal and party support but he also had a duty make clear that how the curriculum was devised and how the government consulted was not right. As in other decisions the Wynne government has made, the majority is affected by the opinions and actions of a few.

It is important that the apology is not a change of position, it is a restatement of Patrick’s personal belief and the direction that he is taking the party of inclusion and welcome to everyone and all opinions. The setting up again of the big tent under Patrick Brown’s watch is a welcome sight.

#116 Repost: A Different Take on Reaching Millennials


I was introduced to this post last week and I have passed it on to a few people that I thought would find it very interesting, because it is.

I am the father of two Millennials, and perhaps as a father I can reach them – but what about others? It is the misunderstood generation, just as my generation, the so called X Generation of those born in the 60’s and 70’s were misunderstood. I think the world has worked out OK with Generation Y (those born in the 80’s and early 90’s) but now we are faced with the Millennials, the next generation that we need to rely on to shape our world for the next 25 years.

Carey Nieuwhof has penned a brilliant piece that at first is aimed at the church community – but when you look at the base of it, everyone – even Millennials themselves – can learn about this generation by reading his blog post.

I leave it here for you to read and enjoy and hope it sheds a light to you about this generation who should not be misunderstood if only because the world they wish to live in was partly set up by the Baby Boomer, X and the Y Generations before them.

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