Thursday, August 16, 2018

Street art in Paris

Paris is art.

I can rhapsodize about the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay's vast collections of Degas, Delacroix, Picasso, Rodin and Toulouse-Lautrec...but so can anyone.

Instead, I'm presenting street art that I found in Montmartre (home to some of the above-mentioned artists), Le Marais and along the Canal St. Martin.

This is art hanging on public walls behind tree branches, above garbage cans, or peeling from the harsh summer rain. Sometimes, it blares from a wall on a busy street. Other times, it's peeking from doorways you overlook.

Some of this work fun, some outrageous, but it's all a joy to find.

Le Marais

Canal St. Martin


St. Michel


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Montmartre, Paris' most beautiful area

Paris is a city of beauty, and Montmartre is its loveliest quarter. Montmartre sits atop the French capital to the north, like a bird overlooking the City of Lights. Paris is a flat city, but Montmartre is hilly. Its rising, falling and twisting cobblestone streets imbue it with a unique character. Your feet and eyes know you are in Montmartre.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mona Lisa 2018

                                                        I went to see some art in Paris.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Toronto to premiere The Art of Banksy

Story by Allan Tong

The world's most famous--and reclusive--street artist hits Toronto.

From June 13-July 11 The Art of Banksy will showcase more than 80 pieces of his artwork worth more than $35 million at 213 Sterling Road in Toronto's west end.

Click here to read the rest of my report at

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A message to distracted drivers - cars are the new workplace

Last week, I was on assignment for Canadian Insurance Top Broker magazine to cover a panel discussing the alarming rate of distracted driving in Ontario and how to curb it. A third of Ontario drivers text or talk on their smartphones behind the wheel, a number which has been growing across Canada. Several insurers, a local politician who's introduce stiffer penalties, and an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police offered their facts and opinions.

Are stiffer penalties enough? Do we need better education? Do we need companies to enact penalties and offer guidelines? Why companies? Because many distracted drivers are texting or emailing their bosses and colleagues--or even teleconferencing--using their smartphones while they're flying down the highway or navigating city streets in their cars.

Read here for my full report.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

film: The China Hustle

After the Great Recession, American investors turned to China. It was the new gold rush, booming with double-digit growth. There was just one problem: Americans couldn’t directly invest in the market. A compelling new documentary, The China Hustle, outlines how investors got around the restriction—and what it describes as the massive fraud behind it... Read the rest of my film review here at

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

social media at Guardian's Best Animal Rescue Foundation

 Guardian's Best Animal Rescue Foundation

Over the winter, I've joined Guardian's Best Animal Rescue Foundation to manage its social media and create content. Based in Toronto and Montreal, this decade-old non-profit raises funds to benefit animal rescues across Ontario and Quebec.

Rescues do just that: they save homeless dogs, cats and other creatures, nurture them back to health, then find them homes with loving owners. The people who operate these rescues don't do this out of profit, but for the love of animals.

For example, Susan Mackasey has rescued nearly 1,000 cats in and around Montreal through her PetitsPawz. To read more about her work, simply click the page above or click here.

Peruse the Guardian's site to learn how to adopt a pet from an animal rescue, find a rescue near you in Ontario or Quebec, read about pet owners who have adopted such animals, and learn about folks who rescue animals.

You can also follow Guardian's on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.