It’s the principle of the thing (but the facts are in my favour)

, April 26, 2012

Once in a great while, someone on Twitter with many more followers than I’ve got retweets something I’ve said, bringing it to the attention of a much wider community. Yesterday, that person was David Miller, our former mayor (with what I’m guessing was an assist by writer, professor and prior retweeter Tim Falconer, since Miller […]


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Cuter than a carrier pigeon

, April 25, 2012

Speaking of Be Prepared, I took a moment yesterday morning to try out one of its many simple suggestions: “Surprise [your wife] by writing notes on the baby’s diaper with a Sharpie, making sure that she’ll be the next one to change him.” Why not, right? My wife works hard all day, and she could […]


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She’s probably not crying because she thinks I’m a terrible father

, April 24, 2012

They call it “unhappy hour,” and it’s arguably one of the toughest things about being a new dad. Knowing you won’t see as much of your kid when you go back to work is one thing, but knowing she’ll probably cry the minute you come through the door is another. “This fussy period is believed […]


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Call for DJs and donors: The Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association

, April 23, 2012

Speaking of DJ sets and great guys named Paul, my friend Paul Desaulniers has just become the president of the┬áToronto division of the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association, and he’s currently in need of a DJ for their annual Toronto banquet. I’ve worked with these guys before, and although I’m unable to do so this […]


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Will tonight’s edition of Born to Run DMC be its biggest yet?

, April 21, 2012

The latest edition of Born to Run DMC, the “hip-hop rock party” hosted by Mizz Brown and Paul G of Yo! Jamz, looks like it’s going to be a big one. Thursday’s issue of the Grid featured a glowing endorsement, and Paul’s been fielding guest list requests and an unexpected wealth of attention ever since. […]


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Join “Book of Awesome” author Neil Pasricha tonight as he reveals his number one awesome thing

, April 18, 2012

You probably know my good friend Neil Pasricha as the author of the acclaimed Book of Awesome series. His first book, for example, recently celebrated its hundredth week on the Globe and Mail’s list of bestsellers, where the paperback version of his second book just debuted at number one. But before all the books and […]


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What’s Matt Been Drinking? is back

, April 16, 2012

I promised I was going to do this earlier, and if I hadn’t overestimated the amount of time and energy I’d have during my first week back at work, I might have kept that promise. Either way, in the spirit of “better late than never,” I’m glad to tell you that What’s Matt Been Drinking? […]


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I think I’ve finally figured out why weekends are so great

, April 16, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that I grossly overestimated the amount of time and energy I’d have at the end of the day when I went back to work. I’ve always been fairly good at wringing a little extra time from every day and putting it to good use. I figured I could just […]


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Leave me and my daughter alone, judgmental old women!

, April 9, 2012

“Your little one sounds like she’s hungry,” the woman in line behind me at the drug store volunteered without provocation. “No,” I smiled. “She fed half an hour ago. She just doesn’t like sitting still in long lines. Thank you, though.” I’m new to this parenting thing, and when it comes to good advice, I’m […]


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Pediatricians are great because they can validate new parents with authority

, April 5, 2012

I love taking our kid to the pediatrician!┬áKate and I have only been parents for a couple of months, and we do tend to worry about our daughter’s health and well-being. Even when things seem fine on the surface, I often catch myself worrying about hypothetical problems I don’t even know about, just because our […]


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