Language usage, as I am using the term (others will have different ways of using it), is concerned with how we use language for specified purposes. My study of language usage includes an interest in how power at times distorts language, because it has the power to do so. Language usage also concerns itself with the distinction between rhetoric and reality. As well, the category is concerned with the formal, systematic study of rhetoric, and with humanity’s attempts to define reality.

Message from Graeme Decarie to all his MCHS classes; plus a note about the fact that in many contexts, diplomacy in communications enhances human agency

A Dec. 22, 2021 CBC article is entitled: “Hidden behind buildings, the last of Mimico’s opulent lakefront estates is still standing: Myrtle Villa was owned by businessman James Franceschini from 1925 to 1950”

I have been following with interest the recent Toronto narratives related to Garden Suites

On Sept. 2, 2021, we met for a high school picnic at an apartment parking lot with a great view of Lake Ontario. We learned how Bois-de-Saraguay in Montreal was saved from destruction.

Some reflections regarding the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu of Romania in December 1989

From the Toronto Public Library website, you can access Erving Goffman’s 1982 presidential address to the American Sociological Association

What gave rise to the ‘modern movement’ in architecture? Was it the European Industrial Revolution or the 1918 pandemic?

As Erving Goffman has noted, what goes on in gambling establishments and risk-taking situations in general is worth close study

Beyond Totalitarianism (2009) features specialist essays comparing Nazi and Stalinist mass murder in the 1930s and 1940s