Jonathan Naymark is a pun aficionado-cum-businessman who tends to write opinion pieces in his spare time. He can be found on twitter: @naymark or on his blog: www.negativeninetythousand.blogspot.com.
When I mentioned to my New York real estate broker that I had relocated from Toronto he had one thing to say about the Big Smoke: "I've never seen so much construction in one place." Statistically, he's right. Few cities in North America rival the sheer amount of high-rises that are currently under construction in Toronto.
Do you really want to know why a barista not remembering their name offends people? Because people think they are special. Everyone thinks that his or her drink order is special and that his or her name is special. Everyone is too busy being offended about how they are special to realize that to an hourly employee trying to get by, you're just another non-fat, extra hot, no foam double latte.
02/13/2014 05:05 EST
Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays shouldn't be that surprised that outfielder Yunel Escobar painted a derogatory slur on his face. In general the Blue Jays seem to have a problem with their words. Outside the bubble of the Rogers Centre, however, words do have a meaning. Sadly, we only really seem to care about homophobia in sports when someone uses their words incorrectly.
09/19/2012 12:17 EDT
These are not, nor have the past five years, been the best of times to be a card carrying member of the Liberal Party. I'm barely old enough to recall a Canada that come election night was painted a deep Liberal red. Anyone much younger than me has the right to ask: what Liberal Party?
08/31/2012 11:17 EDT
It's tempting to look at the rise of Danielle Smith's Wildrose Party as an Alberta-only phenomenon. But if current polls hold true, the Wildrose, which garnered only seven per cent of the popular vote in Alberta's 2008 provincial election, is set to topple Alison Redford's Progressive Conservative Government on Monday.
05/02/2012 11:07 EDT
Is it Canada itself which prevented the Blackberry from playing in the big-boy sandbox? No world domination please, we're Canadian. The Blackberry is like the technological version of Lester Pearson's peacekeepers, a fine and dandy tool during times of peace, but useless throughout a period of prolonged technological upheaval.
03/29/2012 07:17 EDT
A friend texted me the other night complaining about how someone on the subway car was plucking her eyebrows during her commute home. "I wish I was part of the one per cent," she texted me, with what I could only assume was a sigh.
11/19/2011 12:04 EST
Canadian Blood Services radio ads are currently promoting a contest: visit a blood donor clinic and you could win two tickets to go see Elton John. Wouldn't it be truly amazing if Canadian Blood Services got Sir Elton to actually donate his own blood? But he can't.
08/19/2011 03:28 EDT
Things indeed have to change at City Hall. No one really knows how though, because the Fords' Toronto has become reactionary, too. A reactionary public, led by a reactionary mayor and flamed by a reactionary press has led to the disappearance of any sort of intelligent discourse.
07/28/2011 10:53 EDT
In light of the British phone hacking scandal, such media purity may seem like a good thing
07/25/2011 01:55 EDT
Canadian progressivism has now been sullied in the political arena, married to the electorate's fear of elitism, and exploited by class dynamics where a progressive identity is no longer essential to our Canadian sense of self.
07/09/2011 08:23 EDT
For a man who declared upon his election that "Toronto is now open for business" -- Pride, with its plethora of corporate donors, is one of the few events that does just that -- opens our city's doors for businesses and tourists alike. After all -- did we not elect Rob Ford because of his supposed knowledge of fiscal responsibility?
06/23/2011 12:06 EDT
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