Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Staring out a window at Sky Harbour Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., I become increasingly edgy. Outside that window, baggage handlers toss dozens of bulky bags onto the conveyor belt crawling up into the belly of the aircraft I am about to board. The stream o
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The premier of Ontario certainly knows how to make headlines, even during the political off-season. Last Thursday, Doug Ford announced he was making a cabinet shuffle, a very large one. It s the second shuffle Ford has made during his first year in offi
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Haliburton County councillors should proceed with the commissioning of a third-party governance review for the county and its lower-tier municipalities, but only if the political will exists to actually do something with the results.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
I need to confess: I have harboured bad thoughts about chipmunks. Murderous thoughts. I know, chipmunks are cute and fun-loving little critters. They have drawn millions of smiles as the Disney characters Chip and Dale and have enthralled children in com
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
One definition of posture is the position in which someone holds his or her body when standing or sitting. Somewhere along the line we ve added the qualification of good or bad when it comes posture. We re all built a little differently so I believe i
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Molto bene, Italia! Perfettamente! Indeed Italy has done a wonderful thing in disrupting a Steve Bannon extreme right project aimed at converting the world to his white power conservatism.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
I remember when the Toronto Raptors franchise was established. It was 1993. I was 11 years old. The Blue Jays were World Series champions, and there was a huge buzz about Toronto getting its own NBA team.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Black flies and mosquitoes are true nuisances but at least you can see and hear them. A new danger developing in cottage country is one you usually don t see until it is too late. Blacklegged ticks are moving north and bringing Lyme disease. Lyme is an
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Most of us have likely been the intended target of a scam at one time or another. Perhaps you ve received an email from a Middle Eastern prince, looking to share his fortune with you, for some reason. Or maybe you ve received a text message from the Canad
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
No matter the weather, no matter what is happening, June is the best month. It is a time of hope. A time to believe that the world can overcome its problems and become a better place. That s because June is graduation month. Tens of thousands of you
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Dear Ms. Scott, Regarding your letter in the newspapers about funding inter-library loans. I tried to find the real costs of the inter-library shipping. According to you it is $1.38 by mail and $4 with the old way of shipping through SOLS. That
Thursday, July 11, 2019
I don t remember the first time I went to Highlands Cinemas. It would have been in the 1980s. I would have gone as a kid with my family during a visit to the cottage. It was likely to see a Ghostbusters or Peewee Herman movie, or something of the sort. T
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Reality often is more brutal than fiction. You realize that when reading The Border, the 2019 novel about the Mexican drug cartels and their American enablers.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
I m following the lead of Donnie Trump. I m withdrawing from a treaty and building a wall. I have to do it to stop thieving neighbours from stealing my corn. Every year, come late summer, they sneak into my garden at night and strip the cornstalks clean.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
There are times when the best thing anyone can do is to get lost in the woods. I don t mean seriously, dangerously lost. We always should know where we are in the woods, and exactly how to get out of them.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
The weekend before last I was driving northbound on Highway 35, just north of Carnarvon, with a long, steady stream of southbound traffic in the other lane. As I came over a rise in the hilly stretch between the hamlet and the Beech River, coming toward m
Thursday, August 8, 2019
I am gratefuL that I have not suffered from plantar fasciitis. I have known many people who have. It sounds painful and debilitating. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, which runs across the bot
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
If you re anything like me, you ve spent most of the last month closely following the story of the B.C. murders, the ensuing manhunt and finally, earlier this week, the release of the autopsy results for the murder suspects.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
For the second consecutive week, I am writing a column about landfills in Algonquin Highlands, which, in more than a decade of writing these things, has to be some kind of record.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Back in 2016 Minden Hills council passed a bylaw that limited fireworks use to a select number of days in the year. New Year s Eve, the weeks preceding and following Canada Day and the weekends of Victoria Day and Labour Day. It doesn t work. The bylaw is
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Early this month, there was a long-awaited announcement that the federal government will contribute funding to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network s cell gap project, meaning all the funding is now in place, and the project can proceed.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
It was a close call. Very close.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
When the Hawk Lake landfill is shuttered in 2021, the site will simply be shut down, rather than replaced by a transfer station. That was the decision made by Algonquin Highlands councillors last week, and it was the right one.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Here s a follow-up-up to last week s column about how angry, autocratic politicians are working to turn voters against journalists.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
And so it begins; the second American Civil War. It is not like the first American Civil War (1861-1865) with uniformed armies shooting at each other, but there are frightening similarities. The first civil war started when the political system failed
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