Guy Laliberte, a Canadian former acrobat and fire-eater who had founded Cirque du Soleil in the 1980s, was announced as the next space tourist to visit the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
What last week illustrated is that even Vancouver — not really a winter city in the common use of that title — needs to think more about our ability to handle tougher winter conditions. With the weather being less predictable, and frequency and intensity of storm events getting worse with the consequences of climate change, anticipating and designing for unusual weather conditions is going to be the new normal for all of us.
© Guy Laliberté - Algeria, Sahara Dessert, 2009 Print on cotton paper - 30 x 45 inches Edition of 15 The fire-eating accordion-player who fou...
When it comes down to business in general, the adage is "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions." But here's what I learned this week -- if I don't have a system of simplifying my decisions, I'm not just going to make less of them...I'm also not going to make the most of them.
There are many reasons why landscape architecture "has gained stature in the public's imagination," as Alan Brake, Executive Editor at The Architect's...
You can fight common cliches, but where's the win? Saying Montreal's NOT about winter or greasy, calorie-packed, high-cholesterol food? The win is in the convincing otherwise, and the art of convincing rarely comes from the negative or exclusionary "This is what we're NOT"; it comes from the "This is what we ARE."
No two film festivals are alike -- and those of us who attend them professionally tend to judge them by different standards than the average festival-goers.
If you want to immerse yourself in the French culture, France is not your only option.
There's no place more traditional to spend Christmastime than in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and the center of nativity scenes worldwide.
"The Solution" is usually obvious. It's freezing cold and you have to go outside, so what do you do? You wear a coat. "The Answer" is not a simple problem-solve. Let's say you don't have a coat. Or can't afford to buy one. What do you do then? What options are at your disposal? And do you really even have to go out?
I predict another novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel will be studied in a similar way by future generations. The difference is those students will be rewarded with a viewing of the just-released, sensational, epic 3D adaptation of the supposedly "unfilmable" book.
Now, I give a lot of money and a lot of time to charitable causes. Yet many times I find myself dressed up and wondering "Just who/what am I raising money for tonight?" But if you give without thought, without conviction, without understanding what you can REALLY do to help, what are you really giving?
We realized that we really didn't want to spend the holiday in the kitchen. I get cranky when I cook. Just ask my family. I even get moody when my husband cooks; there is the anticipation of all that pot washing after the meal. So we decided to start our own family tradition, to have our own Thanksgiving story.
Here's what I learned this week: At important meetings, the Ignoramus is a necessity. Unlike stupidity, ignorance can be cured. The Ignoramus brings what I used to call Virgin Contact Lenses to a situation -- don't ban them from your meetings; invite them in!
With all due respect to Sherlock Holmes and his Seven-Per-Cent Solution, I'm banging the drum for upping the ante to The 100% Solution. In a nutshell, everything we do should be focused on converting every visitor into a customer.
On Monday, Montreal's hapless, shaky, angry, and white-haired mayor, Gérald Tremblay, resigned in disgrace. It's no big surprise, really. Gérald had been fighting corruption allegations for years, always claiming that he knew nothing about any corruption seeping into Montreal's municipal politics. Even the most casual city observer would call utter bullshit on that. The mayor's position really became untenable last week when a former top aide, Martin Dumont, dished the goods in front of the Charbonneau Commission, which has been overturning dirty rocks to uncover the filthy world of Montreal's construction contracts.