About

Born in England in 1959 and raised in Victoria, B.C., my educational background was in the visual arts (University Academy of Fine Arts), a qualification that somewhat improbably translated into a 20 year career in the field of customs brokerage and international trade consulting. Over the years, I’ve lived in various cities across Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, Toronto, and most recently, Winnipeg. Since 2001, I’ve been self-employed, primarily as a web designer, but also providing various specialized marketing services on an ongoing basis to a number of different companies across the country and in the United States, including advertising, media content development, and freelance writing.

61 responses to “About

  1. Steve

    Pinko:

    It reads like you are really impressed with yourself

    How many Liberal dicks have you sucked in order to be so wonderful?

    Smarty pants!

    Steve

  2. Well that’s mature.

    Nice to know conservatives are so well represented.

  3. What can I say? I didn’t think it was worth responding to. Speaks more to the writer than to me, I think.

  4. aavey

    Bearing in mind how well travelled you are, please don’t think that North American Christianity represents truth. They should stop believing they are God’s 2nd chosen nation. The biggest voice isn’t always the best voice. I am not ‘conservative’, and try not to polarise…… Anger (athiest or Christian is not nice) inspired Dawkins. Maybe he came from a family or situation that tried to indoctrinate….. it doesn’t mean that all do.

    Doesn’t Dawkins do the same by peddling his own distorted views. Somethings are beyond reason (our limited understanding), so don’t play God instead.

  5. bowdenthompson

    Aavey, I agree. As an American, I think we should give up this nonsense about being God’s 2nd chosen nation immediately.

    Why should we take a backseat to anyone?

  6. You are in clinical depression get some medical help please.
    Blaming the circumstances is the wrong way.

    marta

  7. Marta — I’ll take that under advisement with the consideration due coming from the same person who wrote this deathless prose:

    # Who Invented The EVIL? I am agnostic since I can remember … in Grade one when I learn To read and was “introducede’ the Catechism /I still remember the first few pages / in a very short time I realized I don’t believe one word of it…and I was ready with my explanation.. I was maybe inclined to believe a kind of all loving GOD …..but hell I could not accept the DEVIL /SATAN for one second… the idea of it made to whole Catholics just a bad Fairy tale book. I went to church I did all the Formal things becouse good people would do that it was kind of socializing.. where I was supposed to show up.. ..and so and so
    # I did pray only to Maria .lololol she was kind of second mother figure who would understand … but after years It all faded . as had no meanings in my Mind . And now what I see is preachers and faith based leaders are talking about the EVIL as The thing responsible for all the bad Things people do to each others ?? this really drives me crazy… how insane and irresponsible rotten /almost said devilish/ is that ?? Billy Graham is plain dumb and yes LIAR to me …. it comesto His need To have fame and yes money….he is RESPONSIBLE inciting more death and Suffering with his insipid vanity based demagouge talks. do you see These peoples heping out the Katrina’s victims or other great suffering groups.. Hell No they play the Dumb Blind and Mute when it Comes To giving …

    Clearly a sage. And “hobby artist”…

  8. Karl Monkland

    Harper and Dion Naked – Brilliant! Everything that needs to be said about the election.

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  10. billharrison

    Hi RedTory,

    Just discovered you and I’m glad that there are still others who are prepared to wear the “Red Tory” label. I plan to keep an eye on your site.

    Incidentally, I’m not sure how God entered this particular conversation, but people who would like to think more deeply about these questions might want to check out a book called “Frequently-Asked Questions in Christian Theology” (published by Continuum/Mowbray and available on http://www.amazon.ca) which is accessible to the ordinary reader while being a fair bit more thoughtful than the average catechism class. In the interests of full disclosure, I’d best admit that I wrote it.

  11. LOL. I’ll do that when I get a chance.

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  13. howard stevenson

    How quickly we forget-The Bloc actually formed the Official Opposition in ’93-’97. Canada moved from what the NY Times had labelled a 3rd World Country to achieving a Surplus and beginning to pay down debt. Their planned involvement in terms of support of the Coalition for 18 months on Confidence Motions only is hardly Armageddon and they are NOT part of the Government. I expect the Coalition would just as soon not have the blessing of a Jacques Parizeau but we all know politics makes for strange bedfellows.

  14. Quite true, although this might not be the best thread to express that thought. 😉

  15. Jim Elve

    Whooee! I lookin’ fer specifics, Red. I just tagged you in Balbulican’s Christmas “This is Your Life” meme.
    http://jimbobbysez.blogspot.com/2008/12/workin-fer-man-every-night-day.html

    I hear-tell you got snow. I put in about 30 hours o’ shovellin’ the last few days. I’m running outta places to put the dang stuff but they say there’s more comin’ today.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyous Saturnalia

    JB

  16. M.

    What a buch a bullshit, lol, you could not write without a program or a online dictionary, if your life depended on it
    I see you made web popularity
    red tory v.3.o the nugget
    lol
    could not of hapened to a more deserving idiot…

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Ed. FYI… (“Liberal4Life” aka “Loser4Life”)

    M@hotmail.com
    67.159.44.138

    Could this barking mad fool have made more spelling mistakes in a post?

  17. Yo, Mr. Red! Hi. Can you do me a favour and change my link on your blog roll to: http://novacadia.wordpress.com/. Mercy.

  18. What a very interesting and eclectic medley of commentary.

  19. Rather odd, isn’t it? I should have shut off comments on this page, but didn’t know how to do so when I first set this up on WordPress and so decided to leave them stand.

  20. Hi, again. That’s the old blog you linked to. Please see again above, i.e. WordPress. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but I couldn’t find an email address in this page with which to make this request.)

  21. SR — Done!

    Thanks for noting the lack of an e-mail link… I’ll work on a widget for that in due course.

  22. alexandrianphilosopher

    Hey Red, would you consider adding me to your blogroll? I would gladly return the favor

    Alexandrianphilosophy.org

  23. Red tory,

    I’m working for Nokia’s IdeasProject.com and we released today a press release about noted Duke University Behavior Economist, Dan Airely, who is featured on IdeasProject.com about his “big idea” concerning a new type of economy.

    Please review the press release here:

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb1991494.htm

    We’re hoping you might check out the embedded short interview of Dan Ariely (featured in the press release) and explore the topic of the new type of economy on the http://www.ideasproject.com website. We’d like your feedback and certainly appreciate any blogging you do on the subject of the new type of economy, as proposed by Dan, and referencing IdeasProject.com.

    Any questions, please let me know.

    Many thanks!

  24. OK I have given up. You posted a great post about a month ago that showed a Qassam rocket on a highway with IDF bomb squad looking on, and then immediately a picture of a missile strike in a market in gaza where (estimating from the height of the people in it) a 25 foot crater had been left, with little tiny people standing around in shock and confusion. I thought it was the greatest visual display of proportionality but now I can’t find it!!

    G

    (PS if you can’t see the email I have to leave to post a response, drop a link or note anywhere on my blog and I’ll see it – it’s not that busy ;o)
    http://torontogavin.blogspot.com/

  25. vancouvermoose

    Hello Red Tory,

    I guess I’m blind, but I couldn’t find your contact info. I hope you don’t mind me sending my link exchange request via comment.

    My name is Colin. I’ve recently started a blog called Vancouver Moose – http://vancouvermoose.wordpress.com/

    I’ve added you to my blogroll and I hope that you’ll consider adding me to yours.

    At Vancouver Moose, I hope to help keep British Columbians informed about Canadian news and politics. I’m paying particular attention to environmental and LGBT issues. There’s also a fair amount of “Internet stuff” like video’s and my addition to LOLs. I’m fooling around with making my own webcomic and also posting personal photos from my beloved city.

    Have a groovy day,
    V.A. Moose

  26. Yeah, I should put contact info on here someplace. I keep meaning to and then never get around to it.

    Anyway, link added to blogroll. Stay in touch and let me know if you run across anything interesting/juicy about the upcoming BC election.

  27. Steve.R

    Just wondering, but that picture makes you look homosexual.

    I’m not being rude, but I thought I would ask seeing how Canadians are so ‘open’ about gayness.

  28. Tomm

    RT,

    Wow, I’m surprised at the probing, sleazy set of smears.

    I guess when you open yourself up, it invites ugly.

    Makes me consider respecting politicians and CEOs a bit more.

  29. It was an oversight on my part to allow comments on this page, but when I set up this blog I wasn’t familiar with WordPress. Oh well.

    I wonder what “Steve” thinks it is that makes people “look homosexual”… What an asinine comment.

  30. Tomm

    looking homosexual…?

    tweed jacket, I think I read somewhere it is part of the gay uniform.

    or maybe the fact it looked like you didn’t shave that day, clearly an indication of sexual preference.

    or maybe that you aren’t smiling. Maybe it’s the gay “look”.

  31. I love your site. Keep it up !

  32. Just to let you know, Michael Hudson is doing a special series for us to give us his insight into some of his other thoughts and remedies for the current situation. A conversation starter…

    It’s at: http://renegadeeconomist.com/headline/michael-hudson-series-part-1-housing-market.html

  33. Filmmakers from Canada’s No-Job Capitol Re-brand Panhandling

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Private banks and corporations need public bailouts to survive. Pension funds are the new piggy bank. Outsourcing is a growth industry.

    What’ll be the next big re-brand?

    A festival comedy from Windsor, Ontario—Canada’s current no-job capitol—is available for sharing on youtube, myspace, and blip.tv. Retraining for the Global Economy screened at the Planet Ant Film & Video Festival, The Indie Gathering, and Harvesting the FAM in summer, 2008.

    The training film satire depicts Windsor’s current economic woes, and “trains” the recently unemployed how to succeed in the fastest-growing employment sector: Personal Fundraising, a re-branding of the ancient profession of panhandling.

    The film is now available for free sharing on the following sites—
    On youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/flickersdotca
    On myspace: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=56500883
    On blip.tv: http://blip.tv/file/2044707

    About the filmmakers:
    Patrick Lobzun, Bill Hutchinson and Kim Hutchinson are a group of Southwestern Ontario filmmakers. For more information, visit http://www.flickers.ca.

    Contact Information:
    Bill Hutchinson, Producer
    bhutch@flickers.ca
    519.738.3216

  34. For all you Christophobes out there; Some of you make it back from the dark side, but precious few.
    http://pcwatch.blogspot.com/

    Juergen Habermas, a veteran leftist German philosopher stunned his admirers not long ago by proclaiming, “Christianity, and nothing else, is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy, the benchmarks of Western civilization. To this day, we have no other options [than Christianity]. We continue to nourish ourselves from this source. Everything else is postmodern chatter.”

    This link will give many of you a chubby. It shows the murder victims of the Pedophile mullahs in Iran.

    The the fetus with a bullet through its back will really excite you. Nothing like a dead fetus, to bring a smile to a Leftard.

    The man with the gaping gash in his upper left chest has patches on his dead eyes.

    I would think smiley feces would be more appropriate, or little UN Piece Signs.
    (The UN rapes children all over Africa…Google it!)

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/06/obamas-cowardice-and-hypocrisy-in-iran.html

    DM

  35. Yawn. I should have shut off comments on this page a long time ago.

  36. shawncita

    I just wanted to share that I am very pleased to have run across your blog. I look forward to continuing to read, and share, your posts. Thanks, and great job!

    Shawn

  37. That’s very nice to hear. Feel free to join in the fray of the comments — that’s where most of the fun occurs here. 😉

  38. Dean

    Martin:
    trying to track you down. Can you handle a bunch more work?
    Let me know soon.

    Take care.

  39. I’ll drop you a line tomorrow.

  40. Sunny

    I like the effects on your picture. If you could share how you did it with Photoshop. That would be nice.

  41. First, select all and then the entire picture into a pattern. Duplicate the layer then stylize by applying the find edges filter to it. Desaturate that layer and change the mode to multiply. Create another layer behind it , fill it with a tan colour and then use the texturizer to add the canvas effect. Duplicate that layer and change the mode to hard light. Click on the pattern clone stamp, select a suitable brush size and select the pattern created at the outset. After that, the rest is just smudging, erasing and otherwise fussing around with it.

    Hope that helps!

  42. gretchen

    would like to subscribe to your posts

  43. Yeah, you should have a subscriber button (no need to post this) but I hit the ‘notify me of new posts via email). As you are Toronto based, do you know of Dooney’s Cafe on Bloor Street and the website bearing the name?

  44. FYI…

    House of Commons – March 15, 2010

    Marc Emery Stop-Extradition Petitions tabled by MPs from three parties

    http://www.youtube.com/user/CannabisFactsForCdns#p/u/6/5AC87VKo3pY

  45. Lee

    In case you’re interested, the CTF has a debt clock widget available for download: http://www.taxpayer.com/blog/17-03-2010/debt-clock-widget-canadian-webmasters

  46. Anne Reeves

    Hello,

    Forgive my complete ignorance (shameful, I know), but is the name of your blog ironic or descriptive?

    I’d never heard of Red Toryism until recently (where have I been?), and then in a review article by Jonathan Raban about a book by some hack conservative called Phillip Blond. The tenor of your blog does not appear to suggest a bond with such right-wing, return to the golden-glow community feel-good days of yore (in Merrie England) when everyone knew their place, rubbish. Right?

  47. Jim

    Wendy & I were reminiscing about our days at MWH. Found you through this website. Drop me a line when you get a moment. Would like to say hi.

  48. # Who Invented The EVIL? I am agnostic since I can remember … in Grade one when I learn To read and was “introducede’ the Catechism /I still remember the first few pages / in a very short time I realized I don’t believe one word of it…and I was ready with my explanation.. I was maybe inclined to believe a kind of all loving GOD …..but hell I could not accept the DEVIL /SATAN for one second… the idea of it made to whole Catholics just a bad Fairy tale book. I went to church I did all the Formal things becouse good people would do that it was kind of socializing.. where I was supposed to show up.. ..and so and so# I did pray only to Maria .lololol she was kind of second mother figure who would understand … but after years It all faded . as had no meanings in my Mind . And now what I see is preachers and faith based leaders are talking about the EVIL as The thing responsible for all the bad Things people do to each others ?? this really drives me crazy… how insane and irresponsible rotten /almost said devilish/ is that ?? Billy Graham is plain dumb and yes LIAR to me …. it comesto His need To have fame and yes money….he is RESPONSIBLE inciting more death and Suffering with his insipid vanity based demagouge talks. do you see These peoples heping out the Katrina’s victims or other great suffering groups.. Hell No they play the Dumb Blind and Mute when it Comes To giving …
    +1

  49. Chris

    You do look like a homosexual, but maybe that was meant as a compliment. How could a Christian-bashing liberal take offense at the question? You probably reminded Steve of Trudeau the elder.

    It’s odd that you do web design but did not notice a lack of an email address and did not know how to turn off comments on WordPress. Now that’s gay.

  50. This is a notification of private property being used without permission by this blog.

    The picture of an individual located at the following URL is used without permission and must be removed immediately.

    https://redtory.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/bloggin%E2%80%99-tory-chickenhawks/

    Failure to comply could result in legal action being taken.

  51. Your blog has been deleted, so I don’t even know who you are “legal warning”… I also can’t begin to recall the name of the doughy pantload you presumably represent — or are…

    If however, you would like to provide me with the NAME of the cowardly induhvidual in question, I will be pleased to remove said picture.

  52. Dean Wood

    Martin:
    It’s been too long.
    Are you still web designing. I could use some help.

    Cheers,
    Dean

  53. Yes I am. I’ll drop you a line tomorrow to find out more.

  54. This is the most bizarre comments thread on an About page I’ve ever read.

  55. I should have blocked comments on it to begin with, but didn’t. My bad.

  56. D.I.D.

    Hey RT;

    I’m thinking of creating a WordPress.com mass-blog on Canadian politics, and I’m looking for anyone whom would be interested in being a contributor/author/editor.

    Would you be interested?

    P.S: This is by far the weirdest comment thread on an About page I have ever seen.

  57. Tyler Paquette

    I am touching base with you in order to try and coordinate an interview with you for your blog in the near future. David Bertschi wants to engage the grassroots of the party in order to rebuild the Liberal party of Canada from the bottom up and, in this modern age, he recognizes the important role the online community plays in this process.
    Please let me know what day is best to schedule an interview and we can coordinate accordingly. We can easily arrange a phone interview, interview through email or even try to schedule a face to face interview.

    For More Information:
    Tyler Paquette Deputy Director of Communications
    Bertschi for Canada
    Email. tylerp@davidbertschi.ca

  58. Sandy Crux

    Red Tory — As I am not blogging any longer, I would appreciate you remove the following post as it will remain stuck on the search engines until you do. Much appreciated.

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