Men in Tights

Sep 21, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Happy election day. At the final whistle of my first official soccer game, the goaltender on my own team must have felt threatened by the new kid. He stormed over, unprovoked, and tried to bump me to the ground, announcing: “I knocked the wind out a guy...
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Cat's in the Cradle

Sep 14, 2021 |Mark Ryan
By October 1, 1988, Justin Trudeau’s daddy had been PM for 13 of the boy’s 16 years. Reagan was US president, Thatcher was the UK Prime Minister, and on that very day Gorbachev was sworn in as the Soviet head of state. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney called...
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Look up. Look wayyyyyyy up.

Sep 08, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon. The federal election is 17 days away, as the parties fall over themselves spending and getting up in our business. This week, our crack team at head office compiled a synopsis of major party platforms, which – if I’m honest – just made...
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I could do that

Aug 31, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Down in Vancouver this week for a family thing, and tripped over a memory as always. Today, the Grouse Grind is a grueling hike in North Vancouver, so-named because of its steep incline and proximity to the posh, populated West Vancouver. The stiff climb...
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3.89 times around the earth

Aug 16, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Never-Ending Stories: If we’re having a hard time wrapping a mask around our faces for the latest threat from Covid, the weather outside might give us another reason to do so. Here’s a few tidbits to inhale, on a smoky weekend, as we anticipate...
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It's Gonna Be Alright

Aug 03, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Just a few quick notes this afternoon as we head in to the August long-weekend. Building mental resilience -- Olympian Clara Hughes Sometimes right when we need strength, we just can’t muster it, emotionally, mentally, physically – whatever...
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He didn't what?

Jul 21, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good Afternoon, Friday Trivia: What former head of state adamantly refused to brush his teeth, bathe or even wash his hands for decades? Instead, he allowed one of his fawning minions to occasionally sponge him off. (Ew). Unhelpful Hints: 1) Years after...
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Hockey Stick Data

Jun 15, 2021 |Mark Ryan
It’s Friday Are you Saying I’m Fat? Today, a timely report on inflation, which, like a big, over-yeasty cinnamon fritter, plays an outsized roll (get it?) on markets. The gooey centre of the debate is whether or not the expansion is a sticky problem....
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Who shot JR ?

May 25, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Love and Money: Near the climax of the most recent BBC production of Les Miserables, naive young Cosette tries to sneak out to rendezvous with her earnest lover Marius. But just then the street battle between the rebels and the French army is on, and...
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Bleachy Keen

May 03, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Remember a year ago, when bleach-based cleaning products were more precious than, ah, toilet paper? Right. So what do you get when…? Every bleach product in the world gets bought up in the early days of a pandemic, and; About 1/3 of the world sits on...
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