Posted: July 7, 2017 at 10:03 am   /   Columnists

The conversation is everywhere and yes, I’m late to the party, mainly because I have hesitated to step into a conversation that is so full of protectionism and defensiveness and guilt with a long and complicated history of colonialism and power imbalance. Late, because it’s important that a conversation happen, and because I want to […]

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Holy smoak!

Posted: July 6, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Columnists

The All-Star Break is just around the corner for Major League Baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays have had a dismal June, and so far July has been even worse. Players have an opportunity to heal some wounds, relieve aching muscles, and rethink their game during the break. One of the Jays will not have much […]

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Peak to peek to pique

Posted: July 6, 2017 at 8:47 am   /   Columnists

My mother was one for hero worship. There may have been precious few heroes to choose from in 1950s northern England, but she had hers. There was SIr Roger Bannister, the smasher of the four-minute mile barrier; there was Sir Peter Ustinov, the Russian-born racounteur and actor (later to be eclipsed in her affections by […]

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Posted: July 6, 2017 at 8:45 am   /   Columnists

Well, now that Canada Day has passed, I’ll confess I was having difficulty with the whole “Rah, rah, Canada is 150 years old” thing. For the first time, in all of the years I can recollect, I wasn’t on board with the Canada Day celebrations. I would have been the first kid to beg my […]

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Tick talk

Posted: June 30, 2017 at 8:57 am   /   Columnists

Summer is in full swing. The grass is thick and lush, the woods are full of songbirds, the beaches— well, the beaches around here have lost some of their lustre and a good amount of space thanks to a particularly wet spring, but that’s not to say they aren’t worth a visit. Starting next week, […]

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Night Czar fever

Posted: June 29, 2017 at 9:08 am   /   Columnists

Is it time for Wellington to appoint a night czar? That’s the question that ran through my head as another pub, the Midtown Brewery. opens up in once oh-so-dry Wellington. It joins Stache on Main, The Courage, Soup Opera, The Drake, The Duke of Wellington, the Legion, Pomodoro and East & Main as licensed establishments. […]

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There could be an app for that

Posted: June 29, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Columnists

Summer. Here’s to the lovers and the haters of the big tourist season. A friend of mine is one of those people who hates just about everything. Summer brings out the worst in her. You know the type. She’s the person who moans and whinges about everything that has to do with tourists. Yeah, yeah, […]

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Letter writers

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm   /   Columnists

Not all letters to the editor get published. Sometimes it’s because the content is expressing incorrect facts rather than providing an opinion. On a rare occasion, it’s because the letter is libellous, and publishing it would put both the paper and the letter writer in a legally vulnerable position. Most often, it’s a matter of […]

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The Olympic pullout

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 8:49 am   /   Columnists

So McDonald’s is pulling out of its top level Olympic sponsorship deal, effective immediately, although it will continue as a lower level sponsor through the 2018 Olympics. McDonald’s has been associated with the games since 1968, when it famously airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes in Grenoble who were forced to subsist on French cooking. It […]

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Would you like an ambulance to go with those fractures?

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 8:44 am   /   Columnists

This past weekend, I was at Rose House Museum doing an exhibit installation. On the way back to Picton, along County Road 8 near Waupoos Winery, I saw a couple cycling toward me. Not youngsters, maybe old enough to know better. Neither of them was wearing a helmet. I wanted to stop and tell them […]

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