This novel opens in “…the sweetest smelling neighbourhood in St. John’s, Newfoundland, or even the world.” Most of the events in the story happen “…a stone’s throw away from the Purity Cookie Factory” ...
It could have been worse. Ottawa might have handed Bombardier the $1.3 billion it had begged for since 2015. Instead, the federal government provided a measly $372.5 million in February. That comes on top of the $1-billion bailout provided by the Quebec government last fall.
If you wanted to get to the small town of Concan, Texas from Charlottetown, P.E.I., you could count on being on the road for at least 41 hours, punching in some 4,367.2 kilometres in all, a good chunk of it on I-81 south.
I’ll say it up front — this is a column about self-interest. As well as columns and editorials, I write books in whatever extra time I have — seven books in all, now — and I pay attention when people talk about them.