Joseph F. Turcotte, PhD

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Is there a  better feeling in the world than going out on the first really warm day of the year? It’s just great. Of course, it’s always a little premature and the cold weather (or a least colder weather) is bound to come back to haunt you. But for that day everything is perfect.

It’s supposed to hit 26°C today in Waterloo. So for at least a day it’s ‘summertime’. I don’t think that there’s a more appropriate song than the one below– from DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Believe me, I’m not a big Will Smith fan but this song (and the work that he did with Jazz) is legendary. First rap Grammy? That probably wasn’t desrved but it’s the Grammy’s. Really who cares? At least the music is fun.


Jack and Steve, eh?


The only thing more exciting than the supposed existential crisis that the NDP is going through is the internal bickering of the Conservatives. Well, that’s not entirely true; there’s also the Liberals’ rising poll numbers too. With these things taken into account the federal Liberals should be positively glowing right now. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least not publically.

Iggy’s qualified remarks about future tax hikes may be taking some of the wind out of the Grtis’ sails. However, if framed correctly these shouldn’t be an issue down the road. Talking about the possibility of tax hikes is different than, say, saying you won’t tax income trust and then going ahead and doing it. And I hope that this tax ‘situation’ doesn’t come across as big of a story as, well, dragging your feet even after Canadian courts tell you to do something.

Unless something dramatic changes in the next few months our current governement is done. And seeing how there’s only one real and credible alternative in the Commons it won’t be long before Ignatieff’s meetings with senior American officials are done at 24 Sussex and the White House. Maybe it is time for Harper to find some snow to take a hike in

Au revoir


I’ve always had a certain level of affinity with the Montreal Canadiens. I’m not sure what it is. It could be because of my family roots in Quebec (which I’m working more and more to discover) or it could be because of the fact that they’re not the Toronto Maple Leafs. Either way it was sad to see them knocked out of the playoffs so early in their 100th anniversary season. Oh well, so it goes.

Much will be written– if it hasn’t already– about the Canadiens and their subpar performance at the end of the regular season. Scapegoats, Price or Kovalev or Koivu or Gainey, will be found and the team will most likely be shaken up and changed. But for my money, they’re one of the most exciting teams in the NHL and play a brand of hockey that should be emulated elsewhere.

For now, though, let’s remember the better days. And my favourite NHL goalie of all time.

Hello world!

Well it has finally happened. After much deliberation I have entered the world of blogging. I’m still working out the kinks of the WordPress system so I’ll thank you in advance for your patience.

My goal for this site is to be a clearing-house for my thoughts and a discussion board for yours. Please feel free to comment on the various topics that will undoubtedly cross this page. From politics to media to entertainment to sports; but for now, here’s some Dylan. This is widely heralded as one of the first music videos and is one of Dylan’s most irreverent songs.

There’s a great tool from the website which will allow you to create your own version of the video. Not a bad use of new technology and making the best of the changing times, especially for a guy in his 60s.

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