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“Changes in speech-language service will harm kids” (Feb. 7, 2014 Toronto Star)

A Feb. 7, 2014 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Changes in speech-language service will harm kids, health official says.” The subhead reads: “Head of the LAMP Community Health Centre worries that fewer preschoolers who struggle to communicate will get help after [Toronto Preschool Speech and Languages Service] revamps its program.” The opening paragraphs read: A […]


“Was It Worth It?” Canadian Intervention in Afghanistan and Perceptions of Success and Failure – Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1

The article that is the topic of this post notes that Sean M. Maloney, PhD, teaches History at the Royal Military College of Canada, and has also taught extensively in its War Studies Program. He is currently the historical advisor to the Canadian Army for the war in Afghanistan. His article, “‘Was It Worth It?’ […]


Can the term neoliberalism be turned into a useful analytic tool?

Given my interest in how language interacts with perception, I enjoyed reading an overview, in Status Update (2013), of the history of neoliberalism. Boas and Gans-Morse (2009) In her discussion of neoliberalism in Status Update (2013), Alice E. Marwick cites a 2009 journal article by Taylor C. Boas and Jordan Gans-Morse entitled Neo liberalism: From New Liberal Philosophy to Anti-Liberal Slogan. The source is: […]


Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age (Alice E. Marwick, 2013)

Status Update (2013) addresses status and branding as it relates to social media. Alice Marwick argues in this study that the evidence indicates that with social media, things aren’t necessarily as they appear. The blurb for Status Update (2013) at the Toronto Public Library website reads: Social media technologies such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook […]


The War of 1812 brought the first Ukrainians to the city – then called York – as mercenary soldiers

Updates: A Feb. 20, 2014 New Yorker article is entitled:” Will Ukraine break apart?” A Feb. 28, 2014 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Globe in Kiev: Ukraine’s new government declares Russia has invaded.” A Feb. 28, 2014 Guardian article is entitled: “Ukraine: Night Wolves and unidentified military men seize key Crimea sites.” A Feb. […]