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Friday, August 26, 2022

While I was doing my exercises Saturday morning, an orange butterfly flitted by the kitchen window. By the time I could try to track it down, it had disappeared and it was too late to see if it was a monarch butterfly.

Friday, August 26, 2022

It's about time, A step to change, Worth the wait

Friday, August 19, 2022

Last week, when I updated The Citizen's website for the week, I noted that we crossed the 800-article mark in the obituaries section of the website.

Friday, August 19, 2022

It's been hard to open a national newspaper, tune in to Canada's national broadcaster on radio or television or take a stroll through any national news site without seeing Air Canada (or its competitors) being accused of...

Friday, August 19, 2022

One thing you can say about the U.S.A. is that no matter how crazy it gets, it will always get worse!

Friday, August 19, 2022

Whose side are you on?, Perversion of belief, A slippery slope

Friday, August 12, 2022

Regardless of how much we try, Mother Nature will always be in charge. This is something that we've all learned in different ways over the years. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about power outages and how they can...

Friday, August 12, 2022

I've bemoaned this dozens of times to friends and family, but the lyrics of Disney songs that my siblings watched have firmly planted themselves in my brain.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Visit anywhere people have time on their hands and you're likely to witness the scene I see at the clinic where I go for my monthly blood tests: people intensely occupied thumbing through their telephones...

Friday, August 12, 2022

The ties that bind..., The Icarus of Lies, Get up, Stand up (or shut up)

Friday, August 12, 2022

When settlers arrived in this area, among the earliest industries to be established were those of cheese and butter making. In fact, the first cheese factory in Canada started in 1864 in Oxford County...

Friday, August 5, 2022

For over 100 years, our part of Ontario prospered because of the presence of rail systems.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Anyone who has been to my house or my office in recent years (though that list is admittedly a lot shorter since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic) knows that I'm a bit of a cookbook collector.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Our weekly editorial board meetings at The Citizen are a font of great ideas, and we just have to pick the best three. At last week's meeting, Publisher Deb Sholdice suggested we tackle the issue at Ipperwash

Friday, August 5, 2022

As I started to write this column early Monday, we hadn't seen significant rain at our place for weeks. Since the column was about the drought and we then got more than an inch of rain in the afternoon, my farmer neighbours probably...

Friday, August 5, 2022

A rock and a hard place, It could happen to you, Worth the wait

Friday, July 29, 2022

Every year around this time, my editor Shawn and I, occasionally accompanied by family members, take time to enjoy the shows put on by the Blyth Festival and provide a review for them.

Friday, July 29, 2022

While the battle over vaccination status has certainly waned in recent months, the discussion continues to pop up every week or two in the world of baseball for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday, July 29, 2022

The midsummer holiday is coming on Monday and here's betting a significant part of the population doesn't even know what it is: they just thankfully take it.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Whose beach is it, anyway?, All apologies, Shelter for all

Friday, July 22, 2022

While my previous employer (Rogers) wreaking havoc with a massive outage that affected phones, internet and even resulted in the cancellation of a concert by The Weeknd may have dominated last week's news cycle, it was another outage that affected...

Friday, July 22, 2022

By the time most readers have dutifully opened The Citizen to this page, I'll either be on the road home from, or unpacking after a five-day trip to Santa's Village in Bracebridge.

Friday, July 22, 2022

The assassination of Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, and the ongoing controversy of claims by former U.S. President Donald Trump, highlight the importance of leadership in our democratic society.

Friday, July 22, 2022

It is happening again, Lock it or lose it, Sober second thoughts

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