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Ben Johnson

Toronto-based writer and performer

<a href="" rel="nofollow">Ben Johnson</a> is a Toronto-based writer, performer, and cubicle jockey. He hosts the weekly, live, comedy and variety show, <em>Naked Fridays</em>, writes about beer for <a href="" rel="nofollow">blogTO</a>, and has been contemplating a career in stand-up comedy for three years. <br> <br> 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

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
Your New Year's Resolution: Be More Like

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

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
An Open Letter to the Poppy Box

An Open Letter to the Poppy Box Thieves

<a href="" target="_hplink"><img src="" align=right hspace=3></a> I assume that you aren't fully aware of the significance of the poppy, so I wrote this in hopes that you'll read it and do the right thing.
11/06/2011 09:05 EST
Rob Ford, Please Start Acting Like a

Rob Ford, Please Start Acting Like a Mayor

By all means, continue to live in Etobicoke and drive your van to work -- it's cute in a sort of "folksy" kind of way, but please recognize that you are the mayor of one of the world's most culturally diverse cities. And you are running it.
10/27/2011 12:10 EDT
Preparing For the Rapture (Part

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
Congratulations Mr.

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
That's So

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
Voting for Dummies: The Myth of the Regular Joe

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
Why Rob Ford's Weight Is a Political

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