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Ben Johnson

Toronto-based writer and performer

Ben Johnson is a Toronto-based writer, performer, and cubicle jockey. He hosts the weekly, live, comedy and variety show, Naked Fridays, writes about beer for blogTO, and has been contemplating a career in stand-up comedy for three years.

Ben started writing two novels but can't find the flash drive on which he saved them. He is equally passionate about politics, social issues, and alcohol consumption.

It Would Be Weirder if Ford Attended Pride

If Rob Ford were to attend the parade, the city's LGBT community might think the mayor is suddenly concerned with the issues that affect them, which would be a departure from 10 years avoiding the parade as councillor. By not going, Ford's at least being consistent. Suddenly changing streams might just be confusing to everyone.
04/19/2012 06:05 EDT
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Your New Year's Resolution: Be More Like Keanu

Keanu Reeves is a better man than you. Clearly, I'm not talking about his acting prowess -- if you can muster any emotional depth beyond some version of "stunned confusion" it's safe to say that you have more acting depth than Mr. Reeves. No, I'm talking about something he has that most men these days don't: Manners.
12/29/2011 04:43 EST

Why Artists Should Hate the Internet

By so enthusiastically embracing this newfound ability to share everything, artists' work is being inherently devalued in the rush to simply "get it out there." Sure, you're anxious to share your passion with the world, but think about who is really benefiting from all your hard work before you click that submit button.
12/17/2011 06:41 EST
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Preparing For the Rapture (Part Two)

Dear Harold Camping, in the hours, or maybe even days, that it's going to take God to trash the place, things could get pretty sketchy down here. Why don't you and I make some plans to try to make things as pleasant as possible for those heathens that aren't worthy of salvation?
10/21/2011 09:11 EDT
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Congratulations Mr. McGuinty?

Mr. McGuinty, you have won the privilege to continue to lead a province with a large deficit during one of the worst times of global economic turbulence in recent history... er, wait... Congratulations, Mr. McGuinty! This victory means attempting to balance health-care spending and education costs ... No, that's not it.
10/07/2011 10:54 EDT
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That's So Gay

The word 'gay' gets thrown around so much, there is perhaps a valid argument that most people aren't even fully cognizant that it's homophobic anymore.
09/20/2011 03:06 EDT
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Voting for Dummies: The Myth of the Regular Joe Politician

You can call it the plea for "small town values," or "getting in touch with the Regular Joe," but I'll continue to call it what it really is: Voting for Dummies. And the worst part is the notion that these politicians are working-class folks is, of course, entirely fiction.
09/16/2011 03:04 EDT
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Why Rob Ford's Weight Is a Political Issue

The fact that Toronto's mayor is fat is relevant to the debate about his competency to do his duties. Not only does his risk for heart disease and stroke call into question his ability to remain physically healthy for an entire term, I think it also speaks to a level of personal irresponsibility and short-sightedness.
09/07/2011 08:13 EDT

A Cyclist's Argument Against Stopping at Stop Signs

The other day, while biking to work, I came to a stop alongside another cyclist at a red light. Evidently he had been riding near me for some time because he asked, "Are you going to blow through any...
09/01/2011 10:31 EDT