Back in November, I solicited you, my dear, helpful readers, for nicknames for Canadian towns. This was for Melissa from Geist magazine, who was making a nickname map of Canada (my brother used to do similar maps for Geist). She wrote to tell me that the issue is out, and the map is available online. My favourite is ‘The Ditch’ for Port Alberni. Having driven through its particular pulpy pong on many occasions, I might have gone with ‘The Smelly Ditch’.