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Out of touch

Posted: March 17, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Columnists

Along with the country itself, the Canadian Senate is turning 150 this year. The Senate’s existence has been long fraught with controversy over the entitlement and privilege of its members. But it has been especially harshly scrutinized over the past five years or so. Over a dozen senators made headlines when their questionable spending of […]

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Name that neighbourhood

Posted: March 17, 2017 at 8:52 am   /   Columnists

Public consultation will begin soon on the new Wellington tertiary plan, which is coming out in draft form shortly. After the County’s official plan set the general rules for development Countywide, and the Wellington secondary plan dealt with zoning in our area in greater detail, the tertiary plan will wrestle with some of the softer […]

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Homework

Posted: March 17, 2017 at 8:48 am   /   Columnists

Out of necessity, I’ve worked from my home for many years. Working from home has its pluses and its minuses. On the plus side, I don’t have to conform to someone else’s codes of conduct in the workplace. I don’t have a dress code. I can take as many breaks as I want. If I […]

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Moving into my house

Posted: March 16, 2017 at 8:58 am   /   Columnists

I have the feeling that many have experienced the same thing: Those life changes that inspire us to rethink, look at our immediate world through a different set of lenses. Not so much navel gazing but it’s like you wake up one morning and decide your home no longer reflects the person you feel you […]

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Smash the matriarchy

Posted: March 10, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Columnists

No one’s breasts have dominated the news so much since Vladimir Putin sat on a horse. Or was it Janet Jackson? With yet another copy of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue out, and impossible female bodies still dominating the grocery store checkout, 2017 is not the end of female objectification. The question is, who is doing […]

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From deep left field

Posted: March 9, 2017 at 8:46 am   /   Columnists

As I mentioned in my last column, Major League Baseball has changed its intentional walk rule. Why? Baseball executives say games drag on too long. Here’s what the president of the Florida Marlins had to say. “Pace of game is critical. We know that from our fans and TV partners. We have to recognize the […]

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Televisionland

Posted: March 9, 2017 at 8:44 am   /   Columnists

Okay, I won’t lie, I watch television. I’m not terribly particular about the type of shows I’ll watch, but lean toward broadcast news and documentaries. My reason for watching is pretty simple. I like the background noise. I don’t watch for cultural enhancement or to broaden my horizons or for any cachet factor. My tastes […]

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Adrift

Posted: March 3, 2017 at 9:05 am   /   Columnists

I was raised in that generation folks love to criticize. Alternately, I can be a millennial, a member of Generation Y, I even landed at the tail end of Gen X. I am, according to some (who I imagine would never level this accusation against me personally—just against all my contemporaries) lazy, entitled, clueless. I […]

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Fusiform Gyrus

Posted: March 3, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Columnists

I know it’s a crazy way to operate, but I sometimes choose a title for a story simply because I like sounding unfamiliar words. I sing them in the shower to see if they hold some kind of resonance. You oughta try it once in a while. Maybe wait ‘til nobody can hear you is […]

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Squeezed at both ends

Posted: March 3, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

It’s been a fairly ordinary couple of weeks. Astronomers discovered seven new planets. Baseball changed the intentional walk rule. And the human capacity for stretching our limits was proved again— by a seven-year-old boy and a 105- year-old man. The seven-year-old boy goes by the name of Romanieo Golphin Jr. He is home schooled by […]

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