100 Watts : huh? oh yeah I’ll pick that up later I’m busy saving the Earth now

The picture above is from one of no doubt several “Run for the Earth” charity  walks/jogs/runs/marathons and it illustrates nicely how ironic the action is when one considers the cause. This monumental act of stupidity ties in nicely with the theme of my column that ran in The Auroran April 30th.  You can read it here: V14N25P04.pdf […]

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100 Watts : Death comes to town

Clr. Gallo stated at last week’s council meeting that Aurora’s Arts & Culture scene had been murdered in cold blood as though he was acting out a scene from one of the popular C.S.I. series.  The only thing missing in his presentation were a pair of sunglasses he could lower David Caruso style. This was the subject […]

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100 Watts : we disagree to agree

My column this week is about agreements. Most notably the abysmal one currently between the Town of Aurora and Aurora’s “Cultural” Centre. You can read it here: V12N17P04.pdf Download this file I understand an agreement as being defined as such: the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement. the state of being […]

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100 Watts : Respecting Boundaries

The Ontario Heritage Act plays an important role in enabling a municipality to designate the whole or any part of an area as a Heritage Conservation District. This allows City Council to protect and enhance the special character of groups of properties in an area. The character is established by the overall heritage quality of buildings, streets and […]

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100 Watts : The George T. Browning House

My column this week has to do with my disgust for a recent decision by Aurora’s Heritage Advisory Committee to not only remove the Heritage Delegation from the George T. Browning House, an Aurora landmark, but to actually recommend demolishing it. You can read it here: V12N09P04.pdf Download this file Tearing down the home of one of Aurora’s prolific builders does […]

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100 Watts : “Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children’s party taken over by the elders.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote has an unnerving parallel to my column this week has to do with the long time coming, and may never arrive, Aurora Youth Centre. You can read it here: V12N07P04.pdf Download this file Budget discussions for 2011 touched on the subject of a Youth Centre in this April 14th Era Banner […]

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100 Watts : want some truffle salt on that?

My column this week addressed the recent debacle of the ground-breaking celebration for the Clarington incinerator.  You can read it here: V12N05P04.pdf Download this file I commented on this issue in a previous post here: http://christopherwatts.posterous.com/dig-your-own-grave-and-save  and after doing some more reading on the subject have some additional concerns. In this Era Banner article York […]

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100 Watts : Situation Critical

My column this week has to do with freedoms. Particularly freedom of the press and freedom of expression both of which have been under attack in our town by a small band of morons intent on silencing criticism outright. You can read it here: V11N51P04.pdf Download this file  Corazon Aquino, the first woman to run for […]

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100 Watts : “Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up.”

The words of the late great American mythologist Joseph Campbell sum up my column this week which was about the relentless pursuit of perfection.  No I’m not referring to the shiny 400hp hybrid prestige car but the constant push to homogenization, to fall into lockstep. You can read it here: V11N42P04.pdf Download this file The […]

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100 Watts : The abundance of culture and the end of rarity

My column in this week’s Auroran was about what happens when everything is available, all the time. You can read it here: V11N38P04.pdf Download this file It was influenced by Bill Wyman of Slate piece titled “Lester Bang’s Basment”: http://www.slate.com/id/2291532/pagenum/all/#p2 Anyone who has amassed collections of music, movies and books are now experiencing a new […]

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