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Thursday, February 17, 2022

North Huron Township Council (or at least three-sevenths of it) bowed to textbook Not In My Backyardism (NIMBYism) last week, allowing people who were more worried about the view outside...

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Maybe it's having a daughter that's made me highly attuned to the world of women's athletics, but it really does seem like Canada is in the midst of a golden era of female athletic competition.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Watching the news on TV these days, I can't help thinking about the wisdom of the proverb, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing".

Thursday, February 17, 2022

What's the point?, The eyes of the world, What have we wrought?

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Last week, I was glad to write about the rift between Neil Young and Spotify while both Keith and Denny tackled the ongoing situation in Ottawa. Reflecting on it, there are similarities between the two situations...

Thursday, February 10, 2022

If you've spent any amount of time on Twitter, you've likely run into a sentence that goes something like this: "This is my personal account, and the opinions therein are my own and not those of my...

Thursday, February 10, 2022

It was word of a new book by a Canadian author that purports to uncover who turned in Anne Frank to Nazi authorities governing Holland during World War II that made me pull the young author's book

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Welcome back, Loose change, No longer in the O'Toole box

Thursday, February 3, 2022

While I had initially wanted to tackle the protest going on in Ottawa with a more critical lens I realized that, much like the protest itself, there's just too much involved in the story to critique it effectively.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

What do the words Maitland, Taylor Fish, Early Joe and Rhode Island Greenling mean to you? If you said that the answer is "What are the names of some of the apple varieties grown in Huron County in the 1880s?" you would be correct.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Well, I suppose I could blame Spotify or the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine hesitancy or former Fear Factor host Joe Rogan or maybe even Neil Young himself, but, regardless of who's to blame, I'm no longer able to listen to the music...

Thursday, February 3, 2022

London Mayor Ed Holder made a brave statement when he gave his State of the City address last week, celebrating those citizens who had been vaccinated against  COVID-19 and had gone through two years of lockdowns, and criticizing anti-vaxxers.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Walking the walk, Road trip, No easy answers

Thursday, January 27, 2022

In late 2020, I wrote about a study showing a shocking lack of knowledge on the Holocaust. Conducted in the U.S. among adults under the age of 40, the survey showed that 63 per cent of those asked...

Thursday, January 27, 2022

It would appear that my column from two weeks ago, in which I said that 2022 had started off on the wrong foot with so many cherished celebrity deaths, was a bit premature as more were yet to come.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

A week ago Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday in the U.S., and I thought the current politics south of the border had done much to undermine the great man's work. But then I pulled the movie Selma off my movie shelf.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Not done yet, Outside of the box, Digging a deeper hole

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about focusing on the good things in life and not dwelling on the negatives. Speaking of those cheesy wooden quote signs (which I mentioned in that column and my mother loves, by the way)...

Thursday, January 20, 2022

For the better part of two full years, as a county, a province and a country we've watched as the world has faced increasingly more difficult situations as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, and watched and weighed...

Thursday, January 20, 2022

So the kids finally went back to school on Monday -- at least the kids in our area who weren't impacted by that day's storm in central and eastern Ontario. Many nervous parents are hoping it's the right thing to do.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

A truth sandwich, A man with(out) a plan, Trust and communication

Thursday, January 20, 2022

In the course of researching the salt industry in Huron County for my Jan. 6 column, I became aware that cooperage, or the making of barrels, was an important part of the story.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

While many people (maybe most) faced 2022 with the hope that the year would be better than 2021 and (most of) 2020, so far, like the rest of the fledgling decade, this year kind of sucks, if you'll forgive the crass parlance.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

When I think of environmental initiatives, my mind always goes to the ordinary people and, of course, the kids. It's the people who recycle and have compost piles and do trash clean-ups on beaches and in school yards...

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