9th Educational Conference on Mental Health

October 21, 2014

9th Educational Conference on Mental Health Oct.24 Toronto: Catharine McKenty will attend with new edition of Neil’s memoir The Inside Story

IS THE BANK BAILOUT FAIR?

October 20, 2014

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Details of the forthcoming book – McKenty Live: The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite, here is a posting from the early days of the blog, just after the great crash of 2008:

Originally posted on Exchange:

Is the bank bailout fair?

It seems the answer is in the question. Notice it says bail out for the banks that caused the problem in the first place. It says nothing about a bailout for homeowners who are financially strapped by faulty mortgages.

As I understand it, this is the situation in broad terms.

The banks are on the hook for billions and billions of dollars of mortgage paper. For the last couple of years, in a reckless spree (that saw the bank’s senior offices gains hundreds of millions of dollars in salaries, bonuses and golden parachutes) the banks gave mortgages to hundreds of millions of people who had no assets, no jobs and for all the banks knew were raving alcoholics. The reason these poor people gobbled up these mortgages was that they thought the value of their new homes would go up. (And if they had we…

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9th Educational Conference on Mental Health – Facets of Mental Illness among Youth & Adults

October 18, 2014

9th Educational Conference on Mental Health – Facets of Mental Illness among Youth & Adults Friday, Oct.24 in Toronto – Catharine McKenty will be attending this conference with copies of the newly-republished edition of the memoir written by Neil McKenty. The Inside Story includes his struggle with life-threatening bi-polar depression and the unique journey to recovery that he followed with the help of people around him.

McKenty: he’s edgy, he’s provocative & he’s ours!

October 17, 2014

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Details of the forthcoming book –  McKenty Live: The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite:

The Senior Times’ publisher Barbara Moser suggested I might look over the history of “Pit Stop” for this 20th anniversary issue, so I dug up my old columns and checked them out. To my astonishment I discovered I have been writing “Pit Stop” for more than eight years. Time goes fast when you’re having fun.
My very first column, in May, 1998, paid a tribute to Quebec’s teachers, one of my favourite groups of people, generally over-worked and under-paid. In my book, teachers come in right behind nurses who,
sadly, are drifting more and more to the private sector. One of my first columns stated the private sector should pay to keep the Expos in Montreal. No one from the private sector stepped up to the plate and the team is long gone. More astonishing than their leaving is the fact nobody seems to miss them. Early in 2000 I wrote that separatists didn’t want a clear question on separation. They still don’t. But that was before Jean Chretien nailed down the Clarity Act.

If the PQ win the next election (by no means certain) and if they call a referendum early in their first term (more likely), their chances of winning on an unambiguous question about separation are nil.
My column following Al Gore’s defeat in a rigged election was entitled “Beating around the bush with George Jr.” My first impression of the current Bush was that he is an airhead and a playboy. Nothing he’s done in the past six years has caused me to change my mind. Certainly, I believe Bush is the worst president in my lifetime, which goes back to Herbert Hoover.
In February 2003, I wrote that the impending war in Iraq threatens our world order. Now, six years later, 16 American intelligence agencies have unanimously concluded that Bush’s reckless adventure in Iraq has multiplied terrorists and made our world less safe. It seems to me now that what has happened in Iraq is also happening in Afghanistan. I believe we urgently need a serious debate about what precisely is our mission in that country.
I also wrote several columns on religion, especially the implications for my own tradition, Roman Catholicism. I also covered a number of moral and ethical issues: homosexuality, health care, euthanasia, creationism and the role of religion in public policy.
Of course I didn’t bring out the heavy artillery for every column. There were lighter musings on golf, books and films like Brokeback Mountain and The Da Vinci Code.
What I have tried to convey here is not only the content of the columns, but the fun I had doing them. The deadline was more like a lifeline.

I am proud to have been associated with Barbara Moser and her strong and enthusiastic team for the last eight years. I have also enjoyed meeting readers and getting your feedback.
By the way, I have just set up my own blog, “Neil McKenty Weblog,” at neilmckenty.com. Check it out and leave a suggestion or a comment.
Meantime, on this special anniversary of The Senior Times, I’ll drink one toast to the last 20 years and another to the next 20.

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To read more of Neil’s articles for Senior Times visit their print articles online here.

CAN SCIENCE EXPLAIN THE BIG BANG?

October 16, 2014

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Details of the forthcoming book – McKenty Live: The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite, a popular posting from early days of the blog:

Originally posted on Exchange:

Thousands of physicists at a vast underground complex near Geneva have begun a project to try to reenact the “Big Bang” to try to explainthe origins of the universe and how it came to harbour life. The scientists plan to smash particles together to create, on a small scale, re-enactments of the event that started up the cosmos.

Cosmologists say the Big Bang occurred some 15 billion years ago when an unimaginably dense and hot object the size of a small coin exploded in what was then a void, spewing out matter that explanded rapidly to create stars, planets and eventually Life on Earth.

Scientists will try to produce tiny collision that will recreate the heat and energy of the Big Bang. Protons will collide at nearly the speed of light, and the enormous energy will shatter them and turn matter briefly into energy. As this energy reforms into matter…

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Canadian political post

October 15, 2014

Canadian political post: John Diefenbaker recalled
with Colonel Pierre Sévigny, Ted Blackman, Rich Little, Bryce MacKasey, and Egan Chambers

Click below to hear John Diefenbaker discussed on Exchange. In this episode, Neil talks with several significant Canadians: such as Colonel Pierre Sévigny, a war hero who became Associate Defence Minister and who was involved in the Cold War scandal ‘The Munsinger Affair'; Rich Little, the Ottawa-born impressionist who. after success in Canada imitating Diefenbaker and others, went on to fame and citizenship in the USA; Montreal area MPs Egan Chambers and Bryce MacKasey (also the president of Air Canada, and famously was appointed as the ambassador to Portugal by John Turner, which led to Brian Mulroney’s comment about patronage ‘There’s no whore like an old whore’) ; and finally Neil talks to Montreal Gazette associate editor and CJAD sports supremo Ted Blackman.

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Tuesday writing conversation

October 14, 2014

bluemoosebicycle:

Details of the forthcoming book – McKenty Live: The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite, a popular writing conversation posting from the past summer:

Originally posted on Exchange:

To my surprise I was sitting in a restaurant this morning, enjoying a cup of Mocha coffee and having a riveting conversation about writing and all its’ possible permutations and combinations with a young waitress I had never met before. Earlier this morning I had been thinking about Barbara Moser’s comment about Neil (Barbara is publisher/editor of Montreal’s Senior Times) she wrote “He’s edgy, he’s provocative and he’s ours.”

This is a comment about Neil who wrote a column called Pitstop every month for the Senior Times newspaper here in Montreal.

Well, wouldn’t you know I was sitting in a dentist’s chair earlier today while my dentist described his patient, Neil, in similar terms “We had the craziest and best arguments about all kinds of subjects. Sometimes Neil would rise half out of the chair, sometimes he was furious with my point of view, but if…

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Neil and television

October 13, 2014

Details of the forthcoming book – The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite:

Photograph of the McKenty Live set while Neil interviews Dr. Ruth

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Early years

October 11, 2014

Details of the forthcoming book – The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite:

A photograph of Neil from the 1940’s

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Neil and this blog

October 10, 2014

Details of the forthcoming book – The Lines Are Still Blazing – will be released soon. In the meantime, to whet the appetite:

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All his life, Neil was a news junkie and in his role as editorial director of CJAD he would read all the newspapers of the day looking for subjects upon which to write editorials for broadcasting on air. For the rest of his life this was a habit that would continue. The internet expanded his reach, adding the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and the Washington Post to his reading list. And then Neil hit upon starting his own blog which took off with a bang and quickly drew a band of dedicated readers (in his words a ‘merry band of bloggers’).

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Top ten postings :
IS RELIGION A HOAX?    1,190
IS CANADA THE UNITED STATES BEST FRIEND? 1,161
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAPLE SYRUP AND TABLE SYRUP? 1,005
SHOULD CANADA SELL ITS WATER? 988
SHOULD THE SENATE BE ABOLISHED? 959
A writing query 929
SHOULD CANADA SPEND MORE ON OLYMPIC ATHLETES? 723
WHOM DOES THE ‘BIRTHER’ ISSUE HURT? 678
COULD THE DEBT CRISIS IN THE U.S. AFFECT CANADA? 657
IS ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ STILL POLITICALLY CORRECT? 651
Most visits in one day
http://neilmckenty.com/2012/05/12/neil-mckenty-1924-2012/    <800 hits

The image below is the wordmaze produced by subjects discussed on Neil’s blog

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After Neil’s death in 2012, a group of his friends, including his wife Catharine, decided to maintain the blog and add archival radio and television clips to it to this very day.

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