Thursday, February 21, 2019
Wingham seems to be experiencing something of a renaissance of volunteerism in the recent years and it s a welcome advent for the community.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Not to stereotype those who stereotype, but you can usually guess where tales of discrimination or chauvinism can occur. It s unfortunate, but that s just the way the world works until we make it better.
Friday, February 1, 2019
What is a government s mandate? What should politicians be funding with taxpayers dollars? This age-old debate is at the heart of a democracy, but there will always be as many answers as there are citizens, which is why defining council s mandate...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
As of Monday morning when this was written, some 85 people had died horrible deaths when a gas pipeline in Central Mexico, from which they were stealing gasoline Friday night, exploded, engulfing them in flames.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Michael Healey, who has graced the Blyth Festival stage in the past as both an actor and the author of plays such as the iconic The Drawer Boy, had a new play open in Toronto last week.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Not having any connection to the Girl Guide movement anymore, I had no idea that there was an internal war going on within the organization between the local people who do the work and the people at the Ontario headquarters.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Something Brussels-area home builder Devon Henry said to me recently which I then printed in a story about him has served as an unofficial mantra for some of us here in The Citizen office since we first heard it.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
It s easy to despair when looking across the border at how divided our neighbours to the south have become these days, but it s handy to remember the U.S. has been this way before and managed to survive.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Over the past few decades (it s exciting to be able to say that and mean it), I ve noticed that winter just ain t what it used to be.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Just last week, former Citizen Publisher Keith Roulston wrote about mob rule on social media and the semi-recent trend of social media users eviscerating a target public figure, citizen or business until it can stand no more.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
The Grey Cup game is being played in Edmonton this Sunday. The fact that I actually had to look up the date probably tells you how much the importance of the championship of the Canadian Football League (CFL) has fallen over the years.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Something that John Stackhouse, senior vice-president of RBC, said when he took part in the final session at the Rural Talks to Rural conference in Blyth last month still sticks with me.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
When Greyhound Canada closed down its bus service in western Canada Oct. 31, hundreds of towns and villages lost their only public link to the outside world. The fact is that though many people complained and blamed the company, a relatively few...
Friday, November 2, 2018
We all have to live by a set of rules. Depending on where we live or who we are, the rules may not be perfect, but then you challenge the rules. You don t cry about the unfairness of it all after the...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The same day last week that recreational cannabis use became legal in Canada, there was a mind-altering event of a different sort in Blyth the 2018 edition of the Rural Talks to Rural conference.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
To give credit where credit s due is no doubt a term with which many of you are familiar. It boils down to that you might not like a person or an organization, but if they ve done something good, you can t help but hand it to them.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Thanks to my new wheels, I ve been able to participate in a byproduct of driving downtime that I ve long been denied: listening to podcasts.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
The term common sense dates back to Aristotle. On Wikipedia it s defined as sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand and judge that is shared by nearly all people. On the contrary...
Friday, September 28, 2018
We said goodbye to some trusted friends last week when the CIBC bank closed its Blyth branch. Friendly faces we ve been dealing with for years will now be working at other branches.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Years ago I helped a friend move from his Toronto condominium and I was first introduced to the concept of the subbasement. It was where residents storage lockers were a floor under the basement. You pressed the SB button to get there.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Across the country hundreds of thousands of young people went back to university last week. Here s hoping they learn wisdom as well as information.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
I have to admit that when Editor Shawn Loughlin sent me a reminder of my deadline for my September column I was not sure what I was going to write about. Summer has not been awesome for me.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
It feels like I ve been writing a lot about the pitfalls of party politics lately, but it just seems to be my Whac-A-Mole issue these days. I tackle one issue and two take its place.