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Friday, June 2, 2023

June is cutlery month and that means The Chaff is conducting a complete and urgently necessary review of the utensils we use (or forgo while in the bathtub) to eat delicious, delectable and downright delectab-licious delicacies from all over the dusty...

Friday, June 2, 2023

Earlier this week, I interviewed playwright Marie Beath Badian for the third consecutive year about the same project. In 2021, we spoke about her work on The Waltz, a sequel to her wildly successful Prairie Nurse, which premiered at the Blyth Festival...

Friday, June 2, 2023

The huge urgency over the plans of the provincial government to reshape rural Ontario changed suddenly, Tuesday afternoon, forcing me to quickly rewrite this week's column before deadline.

Friday, June 2, 2023

The sound of silence, Meal fit for a king, An erasure of culture

Friday, May 26, 2023

Of all the enterprises that were necessary for the success of early, and later, settlers, chief would be the blacksmith.

Friday, May 26, 2023

As the great British spy guy, celebrated philanderer and definitely real person James Bond would say if he was the author of this column, "My name is Chaff...The Chaff. I will have a Chaff-ka Chaff-tini. Chaff-ken not Chaff-ed."

Friday, May 26, 2023

Last week, as Scott and I frantically laid out the Barn Dance Campout and Jamboree special section (alright, not frantically, but not exactly calmly either), I was reminded of the idea of best laid plans.

Friday, May 26, 2023

It was stunning so see by the special edition about the Barn Dance Jamboree/Campout in last week's Citizen that the event is the 25th anniversary of the event. How time flies!

Friday, May 26, 2023

As you were, The road less travelled, A new approach

Friday, May 19, 2023

For this week's plunge into paranoid paronomasia, The Chaff is conducting its first-ever in-depth interview. That's right, it's time for a Chaffterview! Who better as the first subject of our unflinching gaze than quixotic Quebec-born Qu'omedian...

Friday, May 19, 2023

Living in the country, as I do, brings constant reminders of the changing of the seasons. Lately there are regular indications that it's planting season, whether it's neighbours travelling down the road with equipment or the fields...

Friday, May 19, 2023

As part of a continuing, self-indulgent, self-centred (and all the other self-hyphenated terms) series, I am here again to write something self-serving on my 41st birthday - May 19, 2023.

Friday, May 19, 2023

We need to help each other, Don't it always seem to go, Entrenched partisanship

Friday, May 12, 2023

It was a very sad entry in the death register of 1889 for Hullett Township that provided the idea for this column. Name: unknown; Age: unknown; Cause of death: unknown; Religion: unknown.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Greetings loyal Chaff Gang! If you perk up your ears and listen closely, you might hear the faint barks of Chaff hounds in the distance, desperately craving the one thing they can't live without: (whispers) The Chaff... The Chaff... The Chaff.

Friday, May 12, 2023

In recent years, much has been made about the idea that Canadian media is underwritten by the federal government. This ignorant talking point shows up often in comment sections as a strawman for those opposed to media, government and spelling.

Friday, May 12, 2023

The World Health Organization declared the end to COVID-19 global health emergency last week, a decision that many Canadians had already made on their own.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Farming outside the box, More is more, 'Death spiral' by 1,000 cuts

Friday, May 5, 2023

Jess will be quite chuffed (not to be confused with being chaffed, chiffed or chorfed - that's Scott's department) that she's given me fodder for two columns in a row.

Friday, May 5, 2023

As David Bowie once sang, "Ch-ch-ch-ch-The Chaff. Time may Chaff me. But I can't Chaff time." Welcome
back to The Chaff for another full, never half, double serving of The Chaff...

Friday, May 5, 2023

May 8 marks the official end of the Second World War in Europe, back in 1945, longer ago than anyone less than 78 years old was born, and therefore the reality of that war needs to be restated for the generations of Canadians today.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Build a better community, The tip of the iceberg, Working, laughing together

Friday, April 28, 2023

Au naturel, See you at the crossroads, The science of planning

Friday, April 28, 2023

Over the weekend, Jess asked me if I'd read an article she sent me from The New York Times Magazine. I hadn't, I told her. She and I are on different schedules these days, though no less occupied.

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