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Congrats on your time in the Hot Seat, MGK!

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Vancouver BC- best, most livable city in Canada, or a Socialist Wasteland that needs to just drop into the Ocean? (Or sold to California?) (or both?)

Rickhard's Red- Best beer in Canada?

Why is it that Canadians are fascinated with American politics, but most Americans don't even know that the Northwest Territories have been split off into Nunavut- much less the reasons why?

Have you ever been to Yellowknife? What about Banff? Heck, even Saskatchewan? (Saskatoon is a great town to drink beer and watch hockey in!)

Why is Canada so much, well, niftier than the UK? I mean, the Brits are ok, but Canada ROCKS!! Is it the hockey? The Inuits? The Health Care system? Certainly not the roads....

Do Canadian men get upset when Yanks come up and poach their girlfriends in Hockey Season?

Why is it that Hockey Post-Season takes SOOO LONG???? I mean, I like hockey, but the Stanley Cup takes FOR-EVER!!!!

Favorite Hockey Team?

Favorite Adult Beverage of Choice?

I'll get back to some hard questions later on.

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So I've noticed from your blog that you have a bit of an inferiority complex as a Canadian when compared to us from down south. Although I certainly agree that this is justified, why do you feel this way?


I don't. Sorry, but we're a pretty awesome country, all things considered.

Don't get me wrong though: I generally like Americans. A lot of people severely underrate how friendly and welcoming Americans are compared to, well, lots of countries really. (France, I am looking at you.)

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Is it this inferiority complex which has fueled your desire to become so informed on American politics or is there something else?


This is something a lot of Americans don't get, because it doesn't work so much in reverse: American politics drives American policy which in turn influences policy and thus politics everywhere else. If you want to really understand policy in your own country (especially in Canada, which is America's biggest trading partner and vice versa, and a longtime ally, and etc etc etc), you have to follow American politics.

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Most of my single issues are gone now, other than the back issues of Legion of Super-Heroes and Dr. Strange which I collect for collecting purposes. My trade paperback collection fills two large IKEA bookcases - there's a lot less superheroes there than you'd think, though. Increasingly when I want to read longform comics I want to read something with some meat to it. (This does not make Immortal Iron Fist and Incredible Hercules not awesome, however.)

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Dude, I was Mantis through and through. I was even the Mantis Warlord one year at Gencon. RANGED ATTACKS 4 LIFE MOTHAFUCKA

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What lead you to choose your user name?


It was originally an injoke back from when I was at Carleton University and hanging out, internetwise, on their local USENET groups. (I won't repeat it because it's not actually, like, funny.) I kept using it as a gaming handle, then when I started a Livejournal I used it, and by the time LJ kicked me off I recognized that it had become a brand of sorts, so I stuck with it.

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Would you care to give us a brief biography?


33, born in Montreal, raised mostly in Toronto, went to uni in Ottawa. Graduated (barely), went to work in web development, quit that to work as a freelancer in the Toronto film industry. Supplanted freelance salary with part-time work at a nonprofit that helps kids with ADD and ADHD and Asperger's and such. Freelancing wasn't really taking me anywhere I wanted to go - I'm more a creative and I was getting more production-side work that didn't let me flex that side. So I said "well, I can read, write and argue, let's try law school" and did berserker well on the LSAT which was good because otherwise no way in hell I would get in. Accepted at Osgoode, graduating this year. Have worked for pro bono community representation, the Innocence Project (I've had the chance to work directly with Gerald Hurst, the arson expert whose report on the Todd Willingham case is currently making Rick Perry look even more like an asshole than normal) and am currently managing editor for thecourt.ca, the school's jurisprudence blog. So I keep busy.

(Ironically, freelance writing career actually started to move and shake just as law school started up for me. Isn't that always how it goes, though?)

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Why Toronto?


Because it's home. I'm not against moving, but I figured out after a while that I really prefer large cities to anything else: I like the hustle and bustle, the excitement, the in-your-face clash of cultures. I think that shit is great. And in Canada, to get that you have to live in Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, and I don't speak French well so Montreal is out, and Vancouver is, well. Vancouver. I'm not opposed to moving out of country, but it would mean legal retraining in said country so that's not happening for a few years at least if ever.

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Congratulations. Enjoy your time in the sun.


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Vancouver BC- best, most livable city in Canada, or a Socialist Wasteland that needs to just drop into the Ocean? (Or sold to California?) (or both?)


Vancouver isn't nearly as hippie-ish as people think it is. Vancouver's problem is - look, there's an old gag that if you're talking with a Torontonian, within two sentences of meeting you they'll ask you what you do for a living. And this is mostly true - Torontonians do tend to define themselves and others by their jobs.

Conversely, if you're talking with a Vancouverite, within two sentences of meeting you they'll whine about how much they hate Toronto.

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Rickhard's Red- Best beer in Canada?


OH GAG.

Seriously. It's Molson Canadian with red food colouring in it. Best beer in Canada, for me, is probably Mill Street Organic (insanely delicious lager) or Grasshopper wheat ale.

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Why is it that Canadians are fascinated with American politics, but most Americans don't even know that the Northwest Territories have been split off into Nunavut- much less the reasons why?


Pierre Trudeau compared Canada's situation as "sleeping next to an elephant," because tiny ripples from the United States can have profound effects on America and the reverse is not true. (Well, it is actually, but it's not the sort of thing Americans would notice right off the bat.)

Also, most of the teevee here is American. I can rant about that for hours.

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Have you ever been to Yellowknife? What about Banff? Heck, even Saskatchewan? (Saskatoon is a great town to drink beer and watch hockey in!)


No, no, yes.

Saskatchewan is very very flat.

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Why is Canada so much, well, niftier than the UK? I mean, the Brits are ok, but Canada ROCKS!! Is it the hockey? The Inuits? The Health Care system? Certainly not the roads....


DO NOT BITCH ABOUT OUR ROADS. Americans never get to complain about Canadian roads. Ever. I have driven more than my fair share on American roads, and your roads are just dogshit levels of terrible. We could tell by feel when we were back on Canadian roads.

Anyhow. We're nifty because we liberally steal the best elements of the Yanks and the Brits and create a delicious melange from them.

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Do Canadian men get upset when Yanks come up and poach their girlfriends in Hockey Season?


We're better in bed than you are because there's not much else to do in winter, so they come back.

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Why is it that Hockey Post-Season takes SOOO LONG???? I mean, I like hockey, but the Stanley Cup takes FOR-EVER!!!!

Favorite Hockey Team?


Here's the thing: I don't really follow hockey at all. I mean, I have a passing knowledge of who's leading in the standings and general trends, because that's just stuff you kind of know. But I don't care much about hockey. My dad is a South African immigrant to Canada, and our house growing up was all about rugby, baseball, and pro wrestling.

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Favorite Adult Beverage of Choice?


Gin and tonic.
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Who?


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mightygodking wrote:
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THIRD BASE


I thought Who's on first.
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And a question: if you were a real god king, which god king in history would you most be like?
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Is Leonidas then, Number 2?

Who is Number 1?

And that has got to be about the third most disturbing thing I've seen on RSP, Drew....

(#2- The Obama and Unicorn posters)
(#1- Of course, the classic, the Barfing Humping dogs.)

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I know several lawyers who qualified in Canada and work in Australia and the UK. Its not that hard.
 
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I know several lawyers who qualified in Canada and work in Australia and the UK. Its not that hard.


It's not a question of difficulty but of cost; retraining in Australia or the UK requires a recertification course of 10-12 months, during which time you can't work as a lawyer. My debt coming out of law school is going to be tremendous; I can't afford what's essentially a yearlong forced vacation right away.
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Why are you neglecting this thread?
 
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Don't you think the world already has enough lawyers?


Bad lawyers, sure. Good lawyers, no. (Remember: the demonstrations in Pakistan that led to the ousting of Pervez Musharraf? Those were lawyers.)

Look, one of the reasons legal services are so expensive is simply scarcity of resources: if there are only so many lawyers to go around, they can charge what the market will bear. (There's a common public perception that most lawyers are ambulance-chasers or trial lawyers: trial lawyers are less than five percent of all lawyers.)

The best lawyers, I think, are those who work as a combination of private-sector public servant, activist and social worker. Those guys do real good. That's what I want to do: make the world a better place, and make a living doing so. I don't want to work for some big business-law firm, and despite being a liberal, I have little interest in working for the government; I want to set up my own shop and do crim defense, copyright infringement defense (fair dealing is a big thing for me), environmental litigation, whatever at the end of the day helps me sleep better at night.

And when people tell me that change of this sort is impossible, my response is always the same: you haven't given it enough thought.
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quozl wrote:
Why are you neglecting this thread?


I've responded to every post except Drew's usual inane bullshit. I respond to Drew's usual inane bullshit lots of the rest of the time. This thread has my name on it, so I haven't bothered. I figured I could take a mini-vacation from Drew's usual inane bullshit here.
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And a question: if you were a real god king, which god king in history would you most be like?


The one with the sugar. Because once you got the sugar, then you get the power. And once you got the power, then you get the women.
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bjlillo wrote:
Don't you think the world already has enough lawyers?


Bad lawyers, sure. Good lawyers, no. (Remember: the demonstrations in Pakistan that led to the ousting of Pervez Musharraf? Those were lawyers.)

Look, one of the reasons legal services are so expensive is simply scarcity of resources: if there are only so many lawyers to go around, they can charge what the market will bear. (There's a common public perception that most lawyers are ambulance-chasers or trial lawyers: trial lawyers are less than five percent of all lawyers.)

The best lawyers, I think, are those who work as a combination of private-sector public servant, activist and social worker. Those guys do real good. That's what I want to do: make the world a better place, and make a living doing so. I don't want to work for some big business-law firm, and despite being a liberal, I have little interest in working for the government; I want to set up my own shop and do crim defense, copyright infringement defense (fair dealing is a big thing for me), environmental litigation, whatever at the end of the day helps me sleep better at night.

And when people tell me that change of this sort is impossible, my response is always the same: you haven't given it enough thought.


Good luck with your plans and I really mean that. Your far more idealistic than I ever was. Normally I'd suggest that you should practise in an area for a while before deciding thats your career but it sounds like you've done some of that already.

I would suggest a couple of years working for someone else before going out on your own though. You get to make your inevitable mistakes on someone elses dime to start and there is as much or more business skills required to run your own firm as legal ones.

I'm not sure I agree with your scarcity of resources argument but then I work for as big business firm as its possible to be and charge out at £500/hr so I am practically required not to.
 
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I would suggest a couple of years working for someone else before going out on your own though. You get to make your inevitable mistakes on someone elses dime to start and there is as much or more business skills required to run your own firm as legal ones.


I wouldn't argue with that at all, but that's part of the reason we have the articling process (do they have articling in Britain? I know they don't in the USA). It's essentially a yearlong legal apprenticeship.

I don't have any problem working at a small firm (small firms are where all the cool legal shit gets done, really). But that's a placeholder; I want my own practice so I can work at my own clock.
 
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MGK,

Colin Mochrie: Funniest Comedian from Canada, or Funniest Comedian in the world?
 
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Colin Mochrie: Funniest Comedian from Canada, or Funniest Comedian in the world?


Neither. I mean, I like Mochrie (I've actually met him, but come on, meeting Canadian celebrities in Toronto is even less special than meeting any celebrities in NYC), but he's a good comic actor and improv comic, nothing more. If you compare him to Phil Hartman (who had the same sort of training and did the same sort of gigs), Mochrie's only-better-than-averageness becomes more obvious.

The best working Canadian comic at the moment is probably Russell Peters, but I personally prefer John Wing.

 
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What kind of music do you listen to, why, and what are your favorite bands.. and why?

I could phrase that better, but I won't.
 
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What kind of music do you listen to, why, and what are your favorite bands.. and why?

I could phrase that better, but I won't.


I listen to just about anything (although my tolerance for metal is relatively low). These days my favorite artists are K'Naan, Ozomatli, Pendulum, Blue Rodeo, Orishas, Passion Pit, the Foo Fighters and Regina Spektor, but I'm always open to new stuff.

And I tend to prefer good songcraft over technical brilliance. (IE: Superchunk fucking sucks.)
 
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What kind of music do you listen to, why, and what are your favorite bands.. and why?

I could phrase that better, but I won't.


I listen to just about anything (although my tolerance for metal is relatively low). These days my favorite artists are K'Naan, Ozomatli, Pendulum, Blue Rodeo, Orishas, Passion Pit, the Foo Fighters and Regina Spektor, but I'm always open to new stuff.

And I tend to prefer good songcraft over technical brilliance. (IE: Superchunk fucking sucks.)


The only name in that list I know is Foo Fighters (Other than Ozomatli, but I've never heard their music), so I think it's safe to say our tastes are completely different.

What about good songcraft and technical brilliance? That's what I always look for. Anybody can make a nice Major (Or Minor, or even a pentatonic if they're feeling "crazy") key melody with a decent chord progression and anybody can sit in a room for a year and become extremely "talented". It takes real skill to marry the two, though.
 
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BUZZ! Time to pick a new person.
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BUZZ! Time to pick a new person.


Only Requette (remember him?) and Chiddler have been so lame that they did not pick a successor. MGK, do you want to be part of that trio?
 
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BUZZ! Time to pick a new person.


Only Requette (remember him?) and Chiddler have been so lame that they did not pick a successor. MGK, do you want to be part of that trio?


Didn't Wray create a list of RSPers in the spotlight? Anyone have a link?
 
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Only Requette (remember him?) and Chiddler have been so lame that they did not pick a successor. MGK, do you want to be part of that trio?


Do we have a master list of people who have already gone somewhere? I don't want to duplicate.
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