I have just read the most spot-on, brilliant, and highly enjoyable piece of political writing: Ron Graham’s piece about Michael Ignatieff in the current Walrus. I could not recommend it more highly; it’s a must read for Canadians, no matter what party or what part of the country you’re from. Even as someone utterly uninterested in Canada’s political manoeuverings, I’ve always been aware of the smooth Toronto Liberal machine, Bay Street making decision for the party and the country based solely on their own needs and values. I was in Ottawa when, thanks to the Toronto smoothies, Jean Chretien was passed over and John Turner, smart with a good jawline and hungry for power, chosen for the leadership of the Liberal Party. We all know how that turned out.
Summer continues, bewildered but happy Torontonians out in tank tops, shorts, flipflops. On October 1 Lynn and I swam in