Oh God! Oh Montreal! Oh Potholes!

January 19, 2017

It’s pothole time again! Especially here in Montreal. Yesterday on CJAD I heard them talking about what will happen when the ice thaws. Potholes galore! What’s your experience of potholes in your area? I remember when Neil and I were bicycling along the Lachine canal, Neil’s bike hit an invisible pothole and he ended up breaking an ankle. It didn’t stop us biking but it did slow us down for a few days.

Oh the joys of spring!

Catharine McKenty


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January 18, 2017

In the video below, Catharine discusses her childhood home and her relatives.

Tuesday Writing Conversation: writing for the internet

January 17, 2017

Neil had no idea when he started to dabble with blogging that it would become a great passion for him. The immediacy of the digital world suited his habit of reading through several newspapers and putting together some thoughts, and a question or two, to share with his readers. As a writer he could jot down some ideas quickly and get them out there, while working on larger articles for print.

Do any of our readers have their own blog? What is your experience of blogging?

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Below: a hotch-potch of Neil’s posts to the blogosphere.

The first post to the blog: SHOULD DON CHERRY GET THE ORDER OF CANADA?

Even before the dust has settled on Dr. Morgentaler’s controversial nomination to the Order of Canada, the drums have started to beat for another divisive public figure. I speak of Don Cherry who is lauded for the Order by Rex Murphy in today’s Globe and Mail.

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A popular early post: IS RELIGION A HOAX?

Bill Maher is one of my favourite comedians. He is funny and he is caustic.

Both these traits are on grand display in Maher’s documentary film, Religulous, in which he visits religious communites around the world from a trucker’s chapel in North Carolina to the Vatican and concludes that religion has done more harm than good.

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Neil had a knack for sniffing out the most important issues of the day. Here is a posting to the blog where he wonders about new technology and privacy back in 2009.

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Neil always kept a keen eye on Quebec politics and society: SHOULD QUEBEC BE A SECULAR STATE?

A Montreal based lay group that would like to see fewer religious symbols in Quebec is calling on the provincial government to draw up a new “social contract”   making the province secular and banning religious garb for anyone working in the public sector.

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He also kept an eye on the past….

Now that I am here in the good old USA for a month, my mind has turned to the history of American-Canadian relations.  Turned to the war of 1812 whose bicenntenial anniversary occurs in two years time.

War of 1812


This is always on the top 5 of the posts on the blog

Pancakes at dawn


January 11, 2017

Here is an episode of McKenty Live!  with former Quebec minister of education Claude Ryan.

Originally broadcast on May 5th 1989



January 10, 2017

Since winter is here, I thought about talking to you about a book that Neil and Catharine co-wrote together.

Skiing Legends and The Laurentian Lodge Club

This book invites you to curl up beside the fire and journey to a time when Montrealers skied down Peel Street and the Laurentians were  ”the wild west” of Quebec.

For two expatriate Torontonians, Neil and Catharine McKenty, this journey begins at the Laurentian Lodge Club in Shawbridge, now Prévost.  There we meet skiing legend like ”Jackrabbit” Johannsen, Harry Pangman and Barbara Kemp.  With them we discover the perils of ”Foster’s Folly”, the world’s first ski tow, we climb Mont Tremblant in the Thirties and we ride the ski trains with their smells of wax, orange peels and cigar smoke.

And we also meet those earlier legends, the larger-than-life Curé Labelle, and the tragic Viscount D’Ivry who lived in a magnificent chateau on the shores of Lac-Manitou.  This is also the story of how the Laurentians helped Montrealers weather two World Wars and the Depression.  It’s a great story and the authors have told it well.


The book is available here: click here


January 9, 2017



Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.



The subject of the show today is, Lemons and Laurels.





Jean P.


January 1, 2017

“Best wishes to friends and family, one and all.”  Catharine


December 31, 2016

After many requests, here again is Neil on a different format, on the other side (No, not the force!) but the other side of the microphone on a personal level.

Here are two videos of Neil.

”Amazing privilege to have shared nearly 40 years together.  Remembering with gratefulness and joy.  What a guy!”  Catharine

”Neil McKenty was one of the most complicated and interesting men who ever lived.  For much of his life he wrestled with demons, but through it all he had a great capacity for friendship”  Daniel Freedman


December 21, 2016

McKenty Live! with host Neil McKenty

On today’s show, Neil has a good debate discussion with a guest and the live callers about the free trade agreement.



December 20, 2016

A lovely poem.

Lollipop To Magnifying Glass

A Love Letter

I know that I can be a little sour

And sometimes you have trouble seeing the big picture

Still, you’re better than the others

My last lover sucked the life out of me, and I made them rot

It was not a healthy relationship

You’re not like that.  No, you help me see clearer

You always notice the little things – the things that no one else thinks about

You peeled my wrapper and uncovered me

Whenever I feel bitter, you’re always there to remind me that I’m sweet

And I’m sweet on you

People used to treat me like junk, but not you

You see what others can’t

You have a handle on what’s really important

No need to sugar-coat things

I really like you, and I thinks you like me too

Micheal Hadziantoniou (age 15)

Published in the book Memories Never Lost