Apr. 23rd, 2017

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1. Humanity really does not need Marine Le Pen running le gouvernement de France. Ever. Whether my admitting to recognizing that truth matters worth a damn or a blessing...? We'll know by tonight, I suppose.

2. Two Fridays ago, a friend and I went to the Great Canadian Theatre Company to see 1979, a play by Michael Healey. Call it an educational and satirical tragicomedy with a side dish of horror using Joe Clark's last night as Prime Minister of Canada as a framing device.

The side of horror comes in the last half-hour with a debate between Clark and Stephen Harper...whom Healey's script places in the Centre Block when, in historical fact, Clark would still have been working in Imperial Oil's Calgary mail room. But Healey must have needed that debate badly; his computer-assisted slide show accompanying the actors' performance asked the rhetorical question: "What the hell?"

The horror comes from that debate, a debate over the soul of Conservative political ethics, over the future of Canada. Marion Day's performance as Harper - yes, a woman played Harper, deal with it - hit the right combination of youthful enthusiasm, "don't mind me" false humility, nerdiness and creepy ambition.

3. I went to the Science March in Ottawa-Gatineau on Parliament Hill yesterday. Hoping to get photos uploaded to my Flickr account later in the day, house chores permitting.

4. More as I think of it. Possibly in separate entries here On the DEWLine later on...
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Devyn Barrie for OttawaStart.com asks: When it comes to police (in Ottawa), whose jurisdiction is it anyway? And it took a beaver on a freeway to get them asking.

From CBC's Sunday Edition: Michael Enright on the Gumpians vs. the Trumpians.

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