Points to Ponder
It’s difficult to be a human being, and I see that constantly in every single person…. We are all feeling the same thing and just trying to connect. The rest is noise.
Comedian NATHAN FIELDER,
in Vanity Fair What we’ve chosen to do is to focus on gun control. And we know that we have no control over the issue— it would be hubris to believe that we did—but I do believe we are able to influence and be a catalyst for a conversation around gun control.
DAVID LABISTOUR, CEO of MEC,
in an interview after the company announced it would stop carrying products manufactured by Vista Outdoors
because of the company’s links to guns I’m not sure that anyone saw any potential in us, really. They just thought it was cute that we were
the same height.
TESSA VIRTUE, to Sportsnet Magazine, on why she and Scott Moir were paired up as kids It’s comforting to know that I wasn’t an a**hole every second of my life, that at least I did something good. I have a tendency to remember the bad times more than the good. But it’s like one of my favourite song quotes: “Only good people wonder if they’re bad.”
The late comedian
MIKE MACDONALD, in Maclean’s I am very proud. When I heard, I wanted to yell and scream. All we have ever wanted for him is to be healthy and to achieve his dreams.
GERALDINE BEAR, mother of Edmonton Oilers defenceman
Ethan Bear, on the moment she heard he had been drafted into the NHL
I spent a lot of my younger life being inactive, unaware and ignorant. But I feel like it’s a duty now to be a really active voice for young people who don’t even know that they need someone clearing the way.
Author and activist
JAEL RICHARDSON, in Quill & Quire I remember thinking, That was exhausting!
Blue Rodeo’s JIM CUDDY, remembering
the first date he had with his wife, in The Globe and Mail In Grade 9, I went out with a girl and I wanted to impress her with my mullet. It wasn’t a full-on Billy Ray Cyrus mullet, but trust me, my ambition was to get there, and it looks like I have.
Actor ALLAN HAWCO,
on the hairdo he sports in Caught Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world, but racism permeates every aspect of our society. We like to point fingers at the racial discord in the United States, but we fail to acknowledge our shortcomings here at home. Our country has to get its own house in order before patting itself on the back for being a paragon of racial harmony.
MARCI IEN, co-host of The Social,
in a personal essay in The Globe and Mail What I’m really looking forward to might sound paradoxical: it’s when I’m finally in orbit and I can turn around and look back at the earth. [We spend] all that time and energy and effort to leave the earth, but the first thing we want to do, of course, is look back at our home and finally get a real gut feeling for what it is.
Astronaut DAVID SAINT-JACQUES,
to CBC News I could not handle the stress of making imperfect decisions based on incomplete information with other people’s money. I didn’t have the personality for it. I was risk-averse. I was a basket case.
SHEELAH KOLHATKAR, author of
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the
Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, on why she moved from working in the hedge fund industry to writing about it