Waxing poetic on sign dispute

What’s in a name? Apparently a lot more than some people can handle. Since I arrived in Fort Saskatchewan, I’ve chuckled at the sign of local salon Kooter Couture, which has been censured because of its name (if you didn’t know, kooter is a slang word for vagina). The bare bones of the story are as such: a local Brazilian waxing shop owner got a … [Read more...]

Striving to be a good sport

I have a confession. I never played in a sports league as a child. In fact, I barely played any sports at all. Telling people this in Canada, especially in small towns, often elicits gasps of horror and questions about my neglected childhood. The truth is I just didn’t find sports that fun. I know, I know. The reason I bring this up is because … [Read more...]

A merry Muslim Christmas – a different perspective

It’s that time of year when people wish me Merry Christmas while smiling awkwardly and wondering if they just offended me by not wishing me Happy Holidays. The only reaction better than when I tell people I don’t celebrate Christmas is when I tell them I don’t eat bacon. For the record – I prefer Merry Christmas. There’s something about Happy … [Read more...]

Edmonton International Cat Festival 2015

On Saturday I attended the Edmonton International Cat Fest for the second time. It took place at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and had a much larger attendance compared to its inaugural year. There were various vendors, cat presentations and kittens to adopt as well. I mostly want to support the event (it's non-profit and helps … [Read more...]

Wu-Tang touches down in Edmonton

"I be tossin', enforcin', my style is awesome I'm causin' more Family Feuds than Richard Dawson, And the survey said -- ya dead Fatal Flying Guillotine chops off your fuckin' head!"                                                                                                                                       -The … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss The Newstrain

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Newstrain, a two-day touring journalism workshop aimed towards editors, department heads and other journalism management. If you’re wondering why the only photo I have from the two days is an obscure shot of a printing press, that’s because the event took place at the Toronto Star Press Centre and I was … [Read more...]

McGuinty Stops By To Say Hello

On Thursday night, we ink-stained wretches covering the Vaughan byelection were mildly surprised (but not really) to see the Premier of Ontario arrive with the local Liberal candidate, Steven Del Duca. Because obviously, he had no place being in Kitchener-Waterloo (which was won by the NDP). This made the night a little bit more interesting, and … [Read more...]

Lucky To Be Alive

A few weeks ago I received a call from a colleague who was in a bit of a bind. She needed to get to the east end as soon as possible because she heard there was a big flood, and we were sending out Beaches South Riverdale edition, iirc, to press the same day. This colleague doesn't have a car and it would have taken her a lot longer to get there … [Read more...]

Omar’s Adventures in Kleinburg

Pick up a July edition of Vaughan Today and you'll be transported to the historic Village of Kleinburg. And take my word for it when I say you won't regret the trip. As mentioned in the first (and until now, only) blog post I've written for Multicom Media, I consider myself an astute observer of Vaughan. I don't actually live in the city (I … [Read more...]

Luka Magnotta Case — Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Creepier

Where would we be without the internet? For one, we'd have a lot less reading material. For those of you that know me, it won't come as a surprise to you that I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with serial killers. And not just any serial killers - only the most twisted, depraved, bizarre serial killers ignite my curiosity. Think Jeffrey … [Read more...]