Holding court

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

Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, are coming to Wellington. In a private and controlled event, the royal couple, their entourage and a handful of Canadian dignitaries, surrounded by security and a media scrum, will descend upon the parking lot of the Wellington United Church, shopping for local crafts and […]

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The Politics of Standardized Testing

Posted: June 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm   /   Columnists

By Kate McNaughton I packed my grade three kid off to school last Monday with a healthy lunch, a healthy snack and a healthy dose of ambivalence. Her grade wrote the EQAO test for four days just like all grade threes and sixes in Ontario this month. There was sleep lost, a nervous tear shed […]

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Never forget

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 11:40 am   /   Columnists

When I was a little girl, I remember hearing stories from the Holocaust. They were gentle, relatively speaking. Not violent or gory. Just the lived experiences of my Jewish relatives as they survived (or didn’t) in a terrifying, confusing time that caused so many to question their understanding of humanity and religion. I was told, […]

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Sixth times a charm

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 9:02 am   /   Columnists

For the sixth time in the past eight years, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award. The award goes to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution, community and charitable endeavours, and support in fan voting. Scott Crawford, the […]

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Mushrooms, Maple, Cherries and Royalty

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 8:59 am   /   Columnists

Life has a strange way of imitating art. About five years ago, this column made the proposal that Prince Charles come and reside in the County. Now we learn he will be making an official visit to Wellington on June 30. Who knows, maybe if he likes what he sees, he will come back to […]

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Appropriate dishes

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 8:54 am   /   Columnists

Recently, two women in Portland, Oregon were forced to close their pop-up food cart amidst accusations of cultural appropriation and exploitation. What the H E double tortillas is wrong with us? Yeah, yeah, there’s been a lot of talk about cultural appropriation recently. But I’m not really sure I understand the process of culturally appropriating […]

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The art of placemaking

Posted: June 1, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Columnists

There has been much written about urban planning and how t o make communities truly livable spaces. Jane Jacobs wrote the bible on the subject in 1961—The Death and Life of Great American Cities. When she chose Toronto over New York as her new home she moved into a neighborhood I would later live in. […]

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Posted: May 26, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

I wonder if it’s the spring weather that’s making us feel feisty. Or perhaps it’s the rising water levels. Is there the sensation of feeling trapped, anxiety mingling into our lives now that a walk on the beach is not an option for unwinding? It could just be that the weird and wonderful social crutch […]

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Posted: May 26, 2017 at 8:42 am   /   Columnists

On the horns of a dilemma, I am. I want to say something about the private patio on public property. I have, however, worked for a County municipal department and the pressure to make a profit was very real. It was a very real pressure, every day, of the very short season for our museums. […]

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Rain, rain gone away?

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

There is no more popular topic of conversation in the County than the weather. Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, just right, but too windy, just perfect, but too humid. I swear there’s only one day each year in which the weather is perfect for everyone. Then we switch to talking politics. We […]

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