I won’t lie, Montreal is pretty awesome. But the problem with living here is that the anglophone community is very small and over the years, thanks to the oppressive language laws, are being slowly rubbed out of the equation. All the English speaking people who live in Montreal eventually move to Toronto where they can find jobs and not feel like they are being marginalized. Read the rest of this entry »
After moving to Montreal I found it very difficult to get back into the normal flow of work. I was distracted. The wind left my sails and I was drifting on a dark sea of wishing that assignments would fall from the sky. I lost the ability to come up with new ideas and because of this I became so disheartened that I could not freelance anymore. I was finished. Read the rest of this entry »
There has been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage in Canada and the US lately and it isn’t hard to understand why. Working full time at minimum wage does not provide an adequate quality of life, making it nearly impossible for anyone who doesn’t still live with their parents to support themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
when you’re grabbing hold
of a branch in a gale and the
icicle snow is barreling into you
It’s a good to place to find
a new light and see with unblemished
sight what became of the wandering path
you thought led to the tree of wisdom
You wanted to
You wanted to
reach the next iteration
You sacrificed to make penance and the
soaring dream in its desire darted
from the depths of your soul and drew you here,
landed upon tough soil,
enriched itself with strange words and
beautiful women and began to transform,
pulled by curiosity as if dropping a bucket
down a well and drinking the cold knowledge of what’s new
resting your eyes on the crest of the mountain with neon cross.
There’s the soothing fizz of another pint
slithering into the belly and you’re wondering
where and when and how it will all come into focus.
When will the big question be asked and
when will the big answer be given?
Life orbits around you like the Cirque de Soliel
and you don’t want it to end
You don’t want someone to tap you on the shoulder
and say it was all a dream
You don’t even want to leave
not even if you have to.
Pot can be much more than a good time. It is also a potent medicine for many people with certain health conditions.
Take Colorado resident Zach Branson, for example. He was diagnosed with biliary artesia when he was born. This means that the tubes carrying bile from his gall bladder to his liver were blocked, and this condition is fatal in infants. Doctors performed an operation that saved him and allowed him to live a normal life, but it hasn’t been without complications. Zach has a loss of appetite and low energy as a result of his condition. Medicinal marijuana, for him, provides complete symptomatic relief, and it does it without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Read more about Zach Branson and how the power of pot has improved his life on Medi Review.
Moving out to Montreal has taught me a lot abut myself. Even though I have come a long way as a freelance writer and have been published in some notable outfits,I feel that the time has come to switch to other creative pursuits. To do this I’ve decided to give up freelancing in exchange for a regular job. My writing efforts will mostly be directed towards writing a memoir about my time living here, my rave novel Freak Scene, and various poems and short stories that come about.
I am, however, still taking offered assignments that pertain to interesting subjects. For me that means: guy stuff, the oil sands, medicinal marijuana legislation, wildlife and the environment, Canada’s national identity, and profiles and Q&As with interesting and outstanding people.