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David Martin

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David Martin is a lawyer by training and a retired federal public servant. He is now a full-time writer of short humour and political satire whose work can be found at davespoliticalsatire.blogspot.ca. Dave has been writing op-ed pieces and humorous essays for more than 25 years and his work has appeared on the op-ed pages of most major North American daily newspapers. He is also the author of My Friend W, a collection of his political satire published in 2005 by Arriviste Press, Dare to be Average, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2010 by Lulu.com and Screams & Whispers, a collection of his humour pieces published in 2013 by CreateSpace. His most recent collection of political satire is entitled King Donald I and is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
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As a Retired Public Servant, I'm Speaking Out About Government Cutbacks

A government with a hate-on for its workers doesn't just go after those still employed; it also revels in undermining the security of its former workers: us retirees.This year has seen the implementation of an additional $500 payment for my healthcare plan. Despite protests from our retirees association and from the unions, the government effectively broke our contract and unilaterally imposed the extra charge.
04/10/2015 05:37 EDT

Leafs Fall In The Spring

It's perhaps understandable that folks in Toronto have seasonal confusion. After all, while the rest of us welcome spring, Torontonians think it must be autumn as once again the Leafs fall. The Maple...
03/24/2015 05:21 EDT
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Newscasters Shouldn't Become TV Stars

It's been clear for some time now that television network news is no longer solely populated by journalists. It's not for nothing that the coined word infotainment has gained currency. In an atmosphere like that, is it any wonder that news correspondents become news personalities who in turn become Hollywood stars?
03/20/2015 01:27 EDT
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We Should Impose These Requirements On Publicly-Funded University Graduates

Where once we took pride in turning out engineers, architects, doctors, accountants and lawyers who built bridges, buildings and companies and helped better and even save lives, now we venerate those whose single pursuit is great wealth. It's hard to see what purpose Wall Street quants and click-driven Web virologists serve except to further the notion that all that matters is money.
02/23/2015 01:08 EST
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Top 7 Reasons to Avoid Internet Lists

They're written by idiots for idiots. Well, they're not exactly written by idiots because the writers are clever enough to create a headline that gets us to click on it like Pavlovian dogs. But there's little doubt that we, the readers, are not the sharpest clickers on the keyboard.
02/09/2015 12:48 EST
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Taking Your Super Bowl Viewing to the Next Level

When you face the possibility of four rounds of playoff games, you better be prepared and you better be in shape. I started my training last January right after the Patriots lost the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos. I knew that in order to make it all the way to the Super Bowl this year, I had to change my game plan. No longer could I allow myself to be fully emotionally invested in every game. I had to learn to pace myself.
02/01/2015 10:39 EST

A Unique Example of When Grammar Rules Should Bend

Maybe it's because I'm about to turn 65 or maybe it's because I'm a contrarian by nature or maybe it's just because, for once, I'm right. Whatever the reason, I want to come out against two editing po...
01/07/2015 05:48 EST
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Anthem of the Jellyfish Father: A Laid-Back Guide to Parenting

Looking back on my 18 years of parenting experience, I have concluded that it likely didn't matter what approach my wife and I took to raising our daughter. She's her own person. So stop worrying. Follow my seven simple rules for jellyfish parenting and save yourself a lot of grief and possibly a stress-induced stroke.
12/07/2014 10:49 EST
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Canada Should Reconsider the Death Penalty After Bourque and Bibeau

The 75-year sentence handed down to convicted cop killer Justin Bourque has reignited the debate over the death penalty in Canada. Some are satisfied with what effectively will be a life sentence without parole for Mr. Bourque. Others think it's not enough and would like to see him executed. But is bringing back the death penalty the answer? The issue then becomes, how do we distinguish between murderers who can be rehabilitated and those who won't or can't?
11/05/2014 12:49 EST
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As a Senior, I Deserve Less Government Money

I might be betraying my demographic but I think it's time we seniors started asking for less. For years now, those in the over-60 age group have been making out like bandits while the younger generations struggle to make ends meet. Unlike in years past, there are now relatively few seniors in developed nations suffering in poverty. The iconic image of an aging widow living on cat food is today largely a myth. Older folks, for the most part, live comfortable lives.
10/07/2014 12:39 EDT
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What Falls Between Agnostic and Atheist?

From where I'm sitting, there's a huge yawning gap between agnostic and atheist. Just as any modern religion has a wealth of sects to cover all manner of religious permutations and combinations, those of little or no faith should have a myriad of options, too.
09/21/2014 05:29 EDT
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There's More to Being a Sports Fan Than You Think

I know a lot of folks think they're football fans without considering what has to be done to prepare for the upcoming season. For some reason, they think they can just wile away the summer and start their TV football viewing with no preparation. Serious fans, however, know that the key to successful sports viewing is preparation, lots of preparation.
09/08/2014 12:17 EDT
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This Is Why Today's Youth Is Apathetic

If the top dog in the world of finance couldn't figure it out, how is today's 19-year-old supposed to identify what's wrong and go after those at fault? The current situation doesn't lend itself to short, snappy slogans. Instead, he'd have to have a giant sign to carry in a protest march that read something like: "Down with modern financial capitalism or at least have it regulated by a body with some effective oversight and the ability to regulate and curtail new, harmful species of financial investment vehicles.
08/19/2014 09:36 EDT
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It's Official -- I'm An Anosmiac

It's official. I'm a certified anosmiac. It means that my olfactory ability has disappeared. In short, I can't smell. Unlike the loss of one's vision or the loss of a limb, it's often difficult to pinpoint exactly when a smell-related disability began.
08/10/2014 11:50 EDT