Reality TV Needs To Go

Reality TV is by-and-large terrible. It’s misleading, edited for dramatic effect, and – in many cases – scripted. Which makes it FICTION by the way, not reality. We’re inundated with the same formula for these programs: shoot endless amounts of footage of people doing relatively mundane things, edit it in a sensational manner, and splice in interviews with cast members who recall their “feelings” during various situations. Stations like TLC, A&E, Discovery, History, and National Geographic used to be known for quality programming. Now they carry an endless parade of garbage like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers and Tiaras,…

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Defending the Teaching Profession

The teaching profession has a bad rep. Based on a number of comments and stories I hear, somehow teachers are thought to be lazy, uncaring, and mediocre-performers at best. The most frequent comment is that teachers have it “easy” with short work hours from 8:30am to 3:30pm, extra days off throughout the year, and two months off at summer. While holding back my exasperation, I respond with two questions: 1. Do you know any teachers? and 2. Have you ever had to stand-up and actually teach a class of kids for as little as an hour? The response to the…

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An Inquiry About the SW Leg of Anthony Henday

If you live in Edmonton, you’ve likely heard about or experienced first-hand the lengthy delays that are a direct result of the ongoing construction on the southwest leg of the Anthony Henday. I used to commute using this leg of the Henday every day but have had to find alternative routes for the past two months and will continue to do so until the end of September when the construction is expected to be complete. Normally I’d post or write a letter complaining about this but have, instead, written my City Councillor, MLA, and the Minister of Transportation asking for further…

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Three-Day Weekends

Out of the average 40 hours in a five-day work week, you’re probably only productive for about six hours in each day for a weekly total of 30 productive hours (it’s okay, you can be honest – we’re all friends here). Don’t believe me? Think about the time you or your co-workers spend on the internet, talking to someone about what movie you saw last night, going to the bathroom, making a personal phone call – I bet these all add up to about 2 hours a day. Still unconvinced? Consider how in a “short week” you manage to produce…

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