Mother’s Day latest victim of wokism gone mad

The University of Manchester has told its staff not to use the word mother while celebrating Mother’s Day in an attempt to promote diversity

Mother’s Day latest victim of wokism gone madHappy Mother’s Day! Oh, I’m sorry. Have I offended you? Please accept my apology, especially if you’re a student at the University of Manchester in England. I came across a story on the internet a while back with the click-bait headline “Manchester University bans the word ‘mother’ ahead of Mother’s Day.” I checked it out,…

Everything I know about the U.K. I learned from TV

I’ve developed a real affection for British TV, even when the accents are so gumbo-thick that I’m forced to turn on subtitles

Everything I know about the U.K. I learned from TVIn my TV-besotted youth, we had precious little exposure to British television. There was Dr. Who, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and The Avengers. The Avengers starred the curvaceous, recently departed Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, every teenage boy’s fantasy figure (tied with Julie Newmar’s Catwoman on Batman). Otherwise, that was about it for exposure to British…

Exalted man sought for something deep, and other scams

Or how you too can share in the millions Mark Zuckerberg is giving away

Exalted man sought for something deep, and other scamsFew crimes make me angrier than telephone or online scams. But I don’t know who I’m angrier at – the scammer or the victim. The scammer is a reprehensible subhuman, preying on naive elderly people. What’s worse than that? But I’m also angry at the naive elderly person. Seriously, grandma, do you really think the…

Terrifying (and satisfying) true tales of customer service

One day, you’re an unshakable fan of a company; the next day, you’re warning complete strangers to stay away

Terrifying (and satisfying) true tales of customer serviceThe relationship between customer and company is a delicate thing. One day, you’re an unshakable fan of a company; the next day, you’re warning complete strangers to stay away. Here are three examples of customer service and how it can go so right – or so wrong. Many years ago, my Telus internet went out.…

Beware of Twitter – it will bite you in the ass

Examples of tweets destroying careers are numerous. Commit your thoughts to Twitter and you're forever setting your opinions in amber

Beware of Twitter – it will bite you in the assLast week, I got a notice from Twitter that I was ‘celebrating’ 12 years on the social media platform. What an accomplishment. Here are my Twitter stats after 12 years: I have sent out 3,475 tweets. I’m following 50 accounts, one of whom claims to be a graduate of ‘Bovine University.’ Bafflingly, I have 431…

Winners and losers after a full year of Coronapocalypse

Introducing columnist Maurice Tougas, who will bring his often-off-kilter perspective on current events to readers once a week

Winners and losers after a full year of CoronapocalypseSo here we are, a full year into the Coronapocalypse. It has been (choose your favourite hackneyed phrase) a year like no other, unlike anything we’ve ever seen, a year of the new normal, etc. It will be years before we know the full impact of the COVID-19 catastrophe, but after a year we can…