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14
Jan
Bill Spurr, Bourgeois Genius

Bill Spurr, Bourgeois Genius

Once upon a time there was a fellow named Bill Spurr.

Nobody’s ever accused Bill Spurr of being the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he’s nonetheless managed to cobble together a nice enough living as a “features writer” at the Chronicle Herald.

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31
Dec
Let’s go down, let’s go down on the picket line

Let’s go down, let’s go down on the picket line

The union movement has seen better days. 

Legislators in Michigan, the industrial heartland of the United States, have passed right-to-work legislation. Workers there now have a right to opt out of union membership if they so choose. 

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17
Dec
Innies & outies running amok in Dal cans

Innies & outies running amok in Dal cans

I don’t mean to date myself, but when I was growing up, deciding which bathroom to use at the mall or the rink wasn’t a decision at all. 

Those with an outie chose the door with the stick-man symbol on it. As for the innie-folk, they went through the door with the stick-man-wearing-a-triangle-dress logo.

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03
Dec
Office Christmas Party season at my throat

Office Christmas Party season at my throat

Any sort of social gathering where there is an expectation of small talk makes me uncomfortable. (Er, I think Amanda already wrote this column — ed.) 

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19
Nov

O, Canada! Frozen toes & killer acorns

Like other Canadians, I sometimes allow my Canadian-ness to lull me into a false sense of security. 

If I had a job, I’d expect to arrive at work every morning unmolested by hooligans, ready to start my day in earnest. 

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