December 2009

It was bad enough to prorogue Parliament to avoid an election, but doing the same to try to silence questions about Canada’s role in torturing detainees is far more dubious. As an article in the Ottawa Citizen explains: When Harper prorogued last fall it was to avoid a vote of non-confidence. This time, it will […]


The degree to which Vancouver is preferable to Ottawa can hardly be overstated. This ocean city is beautiful, green, and almost infinitely more dynamic than the snowbound bureaucracy out east. Whereas it is a challenge to find anywhere novel to go in Ottawa, Vancouver has a multitude of interesting areas, with the bonus that you […]


The video above should demonstrate why I normally leave the videography to my far more talented brother Mica. Still, I hope it will convey some sense of what it was like to cross Canada by Greyhound Bus, a few days before Christmas in 2009. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays. [Update: 13 January 2010] A […]


This last section is happening in what may be Greyhound’s oldest bus. The overhead storage space is too small for almost all bags, so there is zero leg room for everyone with carry-on bags piled everywhere. Still, the end is in sight. One more long and nearly moonless night, and I will be in Vancouver. […]


The unscheduled smoke breaks of the driver who took us to Swift Current have left us half an hour behind schedule. Hopefully, I will still catch the right Calgary to Vancouver bus. If so, I will arrive around 8:30am Tuesday. I am feeling pretty comfortably embedded in things, entering the final stretch.


Regina has the nicest bus station I have seen on the trip so far. It has an enclosed area for the vehicles themselves, and a high-vaulted waiting area for passengers. I had two seats to myself from Winnipeg to here, so I got some decent sleep for the first time on the trip. Good enough […]


I spent a brief but enjoyable couple of hours with my cousin Ivanka. I am clean and well fed for the first time in about 36 hours. Next major stop: Regina.


Batteries are drained: mental along with phone and music. I bought the wrong batteries for my iPod range extender, but may be able to correct the error when in Winnipeg. I am meeting my cousin there, which should permit a shower, decent food, and mental refreshment. I have been looking places up on Wikipedia as […]


Most of this span will happen in darkness, with sunrise just a couple of hours from Thunder Bay. So far, all the buses have been completely full, though nobody I have spoken to is going as far as I am. About a day from now, I will enter Manitoba for the first time. The AAA […]


The Low Carbon Cross Canada Trip (LC^3T) has begun! Stocks of books and batteries are good, though food stocks are almost non-existent due to carry-on baggage restrictions. I was anxious last night and slept very poorly, but there will be plenty of time for catch-up. 75 hours to Vancouver.