Posted: March 24, 2017 at 8:56 am   /   Comment

There is only one issue in Prince Edward County. And until we fix it, all others are secondary. This may seem a bit stark. But perhaps a better way to state it is that everything we want the County to be, or aspire to become depends on getting one thing fixed. And we have to […]

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Posted: March 15, 2017 at 9:18 am   /   Comment

Thirteen days ago, Hunter Gunski, a long, rangy defenceman with the Wellington Dukes, fell to the ice after being hit in the face by the puck. His jaw shattered. Hunter spent the night in the hospital. His team went home with a win. Hunter was discharged from hospital and travelled home to Goffstown, New Hampshire […]

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A good life

Posted: March 10, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Comment

Bill Wightman understood the innate decency of his fellow humans, particularly as individuals. His life spanned an era of human history that had surely tested that faith. Yet in his language, discourse, impeccable manners and ever-present humour, Bill exemplified decency. He engaged in all aspects of life—from negotiations with the trade emissary sitting across the […]

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Posted: March 1, 2017 at 11:57 am   /   Comment

Are we asking the wrong questions about school closures in our community? The ARC (Accommodation Review Committee) process has been well-crafted and proven effective in delivering its desired result. It has been used to devastating effects all across the province— giving desperate parents the illusory sense their voice matters—that a well-crafted set of arguments might […]

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Into the muck

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 8:55 am   /   Comment

More than 100 people filled the lunchroom at CML Snider Elementary School in Wellington in late March 2010—nearly seven years ago now. Over the following three hours they answered questions, posed suggestions and offered their ideas and opinions about the village. What was it? Literally and figuratively. Good points and bad. What did they value […]

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Time to act

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Comment

Thurso is an unattractive mill town on the Ottawa River, 50 kilometres east of the nation’s capital. For much of its recent history, the town has been dying—slowly, but most assuredly, along with its chief employer an aging paper mill. Until recently, like its bestknown export, hockey great Guy Lafleur, the town’s best days were […]

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Whose land is it, anyway?

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Comment

The Draft Lear Study Map can be found here. Land Review Issue Papers can be found here. Vast tracts of land in this municipality are targeted for change in designation from rural to prime agricultural. The implications go far beyond the landowner who will see their options greatly diminished by the stroke of a pen—but […]

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Welcome to Canada

Posted: February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Comment

He made us proud. In the hours after the new American president signed an order severely restricting immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspending all refugee admission for 120 days, and barring all Syrian refugees indefinitely, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter in defiance of the new US president. To those fleeing persecution, terror & […]

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Too soon

Posted: January 27, 2017 at 8:59 am   /   Comment

Grant Howes passed away suddenly on Saturday. Without notice. At 60, he was far too young. He had too much yet to do. To know Grant at all, was to understand he was driven to build, to struggle, to fight. It makes this loss so much harder to bear. Apples have been grown and cultivated […]

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The centre cannot hold

Posted: January 20, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Comment

If you are an Ontario government bureaucrat who travels to work each day on the subway or GO train, it is inevitable, I suspect, to see those around you as widgets, object to be processed and organized into cohesive pathways. Further, I would suggest that if you are one of those folks rising and shuffling […]

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