Jordon Froese
Jordon Froese is an observer and interpreter of random occurrences as he travels through life. It is the curse of an arts education that focused on philosophy. He otherwise occupies his time answering the phone and manipulating various Microsoft Office programs in exchange for a paycheque. He does all of this from Toronto.

Entries by Jordon Froese

Is Toronto Turning Into the Town From The Simpsons?

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Toronto seems to be at a juncture that I've seen many times in an episode of The Simpsons. Mayor Quimby has outraged the populace, and is keeping counsel with his counsel. The townspeople are at the gates with their torches and pitchforks, the media close behind. There may even be...

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Huffy Duffy versus King Harpernicus: Who wins? Not Canada

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 9:09 PM

Like many, I think King Harpernicus could have handled this whole expense mess in the Uppity Chamber better. There's been rhetorical flourishes, sure, and there's been drama as only cable news can play it. However, if I were writing the treatment I'd imagine something more befitting the spirit of this...

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King Harpernicus and The Speech for the Drones

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Since Canada's Economic Action Plan doesn't seem to include me at this juncture, I recently tried my hand at becoming an author. I tried to shamelessly rip off J.K. Rowling (who I think shamelessly ripped off Dickens) with my novel King Harpernicus and the Parliament of Irrelevance. In the story...

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Canada and Quebec: Don't Stay Together For the Kids

(52) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:41 PM

I was in Quebec City on July 1 this year. They had a massive celebration and fireworks display. I remember being surprised; after all this was Quebec City, the heart of the ever-aspiring French nation that wants out of Confederation. When I checked my latent prejudices (and a few plaques),...

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Are You Really Interested in Politics? Or Just Buying Into the Propaganda?

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2012 | 4:11 AM

In a current series in the Toronto Star, Rick Salutin is writing about how citizens are disconnected from their democracy. In his second piece, he wrote something that I have come to believe; our democracy is broken because of political parties. They stifle debate and therefore engagement, especially...

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The Next Phase of Occupied Economies

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 10:35 AM

I'll admit from the outset that the real reason I initially went to the Occupied Economies forum on Nov. 18 was that it was held at the Design Exchange in the old Toronto Stock Exchange building. In my old age I'm coming to appreciate old stuff, and I wanted to...

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Summertime, and City Hall Makes Me Queasy

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 11:59 AM

I had an opportunity to take a little vacation this summer. It was nice to get away, but when you come home it's also nice to be surrounded by familiar things. Sure enough, I got back in time to hear about the all night publicity stunt, sorry the public meeting,...

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Pride Toronto: Does Mammoliti Really Have the Ammo?

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 3:30 PM

So, another Pride Week has come and gone in Toronto and all I can ask is:

Where were the flaming police cars? Where were the mass arrests? Where was the round the clock media coverage of the end of civil society? Where was the $1.1 billion in government...

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For William and Kate: A Rhetorical Quiz on Canada

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Hello Will and Kate. I wanted to offer you two my belated congratulations on that successful reality show you guys did. The finale in particular was spectacular, like a fairy tale; it was worthy of Simon Fuller. It seems it was on every channel too; no reality show can claim...

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Privatizing Toronto: The Hosers of "Hogtown" and the Budget

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2011 | 10:33 AM

When I was in high school, I used to watch SCTV. It was a sketch comedy show that happened in this made-up TV station in the fictional town of Melonville. Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis created two particular characters that gained a lot of attention: Bob and Doug Mackenzie. They...

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End of the World: Will Humans Ruin the Earth? Have Faith

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2011 | 12:03 PM

The recent Canada Post strike has been a welcome respite from the flow of pre-cycling that is the lifeblood of our postal system. No unsolicited real estate flyers, coupon bundles, requests for donations, takeout menus, or credit card offers. This made the lonely single page hanging from the lip of...

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