My intent is to write about whatever tickles my fancy: current affairs, politics, city life, local heroes, life transitions, the arts, our institutions, modern technology, fitness, travel, books and movies, whatever.

As I have lived in both Toronto and Vancouver, my view is from both those cities. My Toronto friends find my B.C. boosterism “bor…ing” and undoubtedly “naïve.” My Vancouver family and friends concede that Toronto is an exciting city but, “How could you ever give up Vancouver to live there?” One of my goals will be to reconcile these differences, and perhaps entice British Columbians to love Toronto as I do. And vice versa.

We are, furthermore, a diverse community where increasing numbers of our population have their direct connections with countries and cultures abroad. Our country, however, is so vast, our regions so self-contained, and our citizens so grounded in their local areas that the glories of the entire country are often unknown. I would like to add a link to the cross-Canada chain.

My readers have encouraged me to write more about the criminal courts.  In January 2015, I finally decided to take the leap and created a second blog, Re-view From the Bench, billed as “the reflections of a retired criminal court judge.” There, my focus will be on current legal issues and on how criminal courts actually work. I will continue my writing on national institutions, municipal politics, other current affairs, and all the rest, here in The Effervescent Bubble.

I hope you will join me, and that some of my posts will pique your interest.