Archive for the COVID 19 Category

Roxanne Tellier – Up Up and Away

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2021 by segarini

There was an interesting article in the New York Times last week that talked about a phenomenon known as ‘collective effervescence.’ This term describes the sense of energy and harmony people feel when they come together in a group in a shared experience. That could be anything from a gathering of friends in a restaurant, to the frenzy of wedding guests doing a line dance in synchrony, to the sort of nationalistic madness seen in Little Italy or Little Portugal when their country’s team wins the World Cup.

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Roxanne Tellier – Smile Damnit. Smile!

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Health, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2021 by segarini

To be honest, I haven’t much enjoyed the last five years or so. I’m not just talking about politics, though, if there was ever a time in which it became apparent how much politics affects every aspect of our every day lives, this was that time. 

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Roxanne Tellier – What a Difference a Year Makes

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Health, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2021 by segarini

On January 25th, 2020, a Toronto man returning from Wuhan, China was the first presumptive COVID-19 case in Canada. By March, with the disease raging across Canada, the World Health Organization had declared COVID a pandemic, the NBA, NHL and most other sport leagues had suspended their seasons, while the Olympics were officially postponed to 2021, the Juno Awards were cancelled, Parliament went on break, and schools began to close from coast to coast. 

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Peter Betty TV Crosswords and Crown Royal

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Television on June 24, 2021 by segarini

I wanted to give Betty some input into my column, so I mentioned three different topics to her and asked her to select one for this week. Well, she came up with a fourth, so here we go.

The last 16 months have been very hard on everyone in so many different ways, affecting everything from employment to interpersonal relationships. Uncertainty about the whole situation is dominating the media and our own lives, as we look to a future which we know will be drastically different, though whether for better or worse isn’t very clear at the moment.

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Roxanne Tellier – Straight Outta Facebook Jail

Posted in COVID 19, Humour, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2021 by segarini

I’m happy to report that the rumours of my death were greatly exaggerated.  I’ve only been dead to the social media world for the last 30 days. 

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Roxanne Tellier – Freebies and Freecycles

Posted in COVID 19, Food, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2021 by segarini

The hardest part of starting something – is starting something.

In 2003, Deron Beal was 39 years old, and working in Tucson, Arizona for a non-profit group that combined recycling with job training. Beal couldn’t stand to see good, usable items in his neighbourhood being thrown away on garbage day, and he began rescuing things that would have otherwise only added to the mass in the ever-growing city dumps and landfills.

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Roxanne Tellier – Carry That Weight

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Food, Health, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2021 by segarini

If you have recently gone from having a little trouble getting into your skinny jeans, to contemplating buying your whole new summer wardrobe from Omar the Tentmaker, you may have fallen prey to that other pandemic within the pandemic known as “The Pandemic 15,” fifteen pounds being the median amount of weight that many of us have piled on in the last year. 

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Bob Recalls the Tale of Chops Dorfman and the Edison Twins, the insanely talented David Celia, and the Heavenly Voice of Rumer from England

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , on May 21, 2021 by segarini

Portions of this column were originally written in 2011 and ran in another online music mag that still owes me 400 dollars and an apology.

It was a different time. People’s faces were on display for all to see. You had to go buy your own damn groceries. If you wanted a hamburger or a horrifically over-priced piece of chicken, you would have to leave your home, and using whatever you could as a conveyance, travel to a magical palace of burgers both cheesed and uncheesed, shakes of milk, and delicious, never crispy enough, fragments of the potato plant, or venture forth to the home of Bucket or Box, Southern or Cajun, for succulent flightless bird, mainly for the deep fried breaded skin of the now cluckless fowl. There were no Cardi B’s, no Pitbulls, no Eilishes or Megan Thee Stallions, and Weekend still had all its “e’s” And most importantly, an obese, malignant, amateur golfer, inhuman and demonic to a fault, had yet to rise in the East, turn a Grand Old Party into a festering pus-filled open sore of delusional pipsqueaks, and scare the prunes out of anyone with a moral core, empathy, humanity, and scruples.

It was August. …and I was busy remembering stuff ….

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Roxanne Tellier – Denial Is Not Just a River in Egypt

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2021 by segarini

People are utterly fascinating, if you have the luxury of standing back and simply observing the way they think. Mesmerizing, but oftentimes, head-shakingly and misguidedly, arrogant. Best to avoid them in groups.

Take this week’s Supreme Court decision on carbon taxes; in his decision, Chief Justice Richard Wagner wrote that “Climate change is real. It is caused by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities, and it poses a grave threat to humanity’s future.” 

He added, “The evidence clearly shows that establishing minimum national standards of GHG price stringency to reduce GHG emissions is of concern for Canada as a whole. This matter is critical to our response to an existential threat to human life.” 

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Peter – What a Difference a Year Makes

Posted in COVID 19, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , on March 25, 2021 by segarini

What a difference a year makes! Over the last 12 months we have learned a lot about a lot of things, including ourselves and our society. Civilization has been challenged by circumstance, and the future promises us even more uncertainty than usual, if that is possible.

I blame the previous occupant of the Oval Office for introducing a veneer of intolerance not only to the American political system, but also to the public’s perception of the mass media.

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