Alison Garwood Jones

Should smoking on patios be banned?

Originally published in July 2010 in OpenFile.ca

A Toronto-based scientist has renewed calls for a smoking ban on patios, saying that outdoor smoking at restaurants still poses a serious health risk — as serious as indoor smoking, which was banned four years ago. Roberta Ferrence points to several new studies that show the dangers posed by outdoor tobacco smoke to servers and […]

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Lesson learned

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

Okay, okay. So blog readers don’t like polls. They especially don’t like polls with philosophical preambles. In my last post, I was the only one who cast a vote. How lame is that?! I promise to keep things simple, dear reader. Who wins?Market Research

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It’s time for a survey

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

Gary Shteyngart is a funny guy. His new book, Super Sad True Love Story, follows the obsessions and catastrophes of the information age, and I can’t wait to read it! In Garyland, “books are extinct, eternal life can be purchased by the elite, subways offer business class and see-through jeans are the latest fashion.” (hat […]

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The biggest thing since the Industrial Revolution

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

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Will you still love me tomorrow?

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

iPhone 4: We’re not used to being in the dog house. (Black crayon on white paper→Sony Cyber-shot, “click!”→picnik.com (Neon effect)→Et, voilà)

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Summer favourites (past and present)

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

First book: Fun At The Beach (author unknown, A Whitman Tiny TotTale). Spoiler alert: Johnny and his brother swim past a crab, scarf down some peanut butter sandwiches, and make sand pies and cakes. Mom sits under an umbrella and claps from a distance. Shoes: The classic Sperry Topsider. They’re back! … kind of. Love the […]

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Manhattan transfer

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

NEW YORK, 100ºF —“Philip, do you think anyone would care if I left my hat and gloves in the hotel?” *I used the “Inkling” app to draw this. It creates Japanese brush painting strokes, but also mimics a butcher’s grease pencil and looks a lot like the magazine  illustration techniques of the 1950s. I added […]

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Summer in the city

Originally published in July 2010 in Blog

Popsicle music courtesy of the Lovin’ Spoonful

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