AFTER DISCUSSING POSSBILE TRAVEL PLANS in the near future with friends, I realized that my passport had expired earlier this year. As I’m not the frequent-flyer type, I usually only have to dig it out once a year when travelling to see friends in NYC. (insert deity or spiritual being of choice) help us all should I need to make a last minute booking to, say, Montreal or Halifax with only a driver’s license on my person. It’s one thing to be influenced by current American financial, cultural and to some degree, political trends. Having an influence on one’s mobility at home is just ridiculous.