During my 5 years back in Canada, I have been faithful to one beer brand – King Pilsener. King was a microbrewery in Nobleton (next to King City, north of Toronto) that had a very simple idea: Buy the best equipment and ingredients from the Czech Republic, and make a pilsener as good as or better than Czechvar, Pilsner […]

People ask me “What’s it like being back in Canada after 14 years away?”. I have a few observations: Suburbs have been commercialized, and their commercial buildings look like they’ve been designed by Tupperware. Big boxes made of ticky-tack and they all look just the same.  People love hockey a little too much, but being […]

From the Guardian: “The trust concludes that, as things stand, the case has not been made for the closure of 6 Music,” the trust ruled. “The executive should draw up an overarching strategy for digital radio. If the director general wanted to propose a different shape for the BBC’s music radio stations as part of […]

In the old days (2007), companies used to generate potential names for new products and features, test them against various Intellectual Property / trademark registers in various countries, filter out the “red light” names, check URL availability and pick whatever was left from a (usually very) short list. After the launch of iPhone 4 today, […]

Where do you buy liquor in Ontario? The Liquor Control Board of Ontario store of course. LCBO for short. How about Manitoba? Manitoba Liquor Control Commission. The LC for short. My Manitoba-raised wife caused consternation at a Toronto dinner party the other day when she asked what brands of South American wines were available at […]