Friday, May 18, 2018
It was Lesley Gore who first sang It s my party and I ll cry if I want to back in the 1960s. Now, with all of these party politics (and allegiances that reach beyond policy and legislation), voters are the ones crying.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Last week my grandfather, Retired Major Frank Golding of Seaforth, passed away in his home peacefully. The following are the words that I shared at his funeral and, given how many people I meet who knew him or have memories of him, I felt it made sense...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
On Friday morning, a 35-year-old man from Canmore, Alberta died after a nine-month battle with colorectal cancer. Ryan Correy, adventure cyclist, author and public speaker, was one of the healthiest people you could meet and he is now gone.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Huron East Councillor Kevin Wilbee announced last week that he would not seek re-election due to an increased workload and longer travel times from his new London location. I, for one, can say he will be missed around the council table.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
It s hard to say anything good can come from the deaths of 16 innocent people such as those who died in the horrible bus crash in Humboldt, Saskatchewan but we were given the gift of a few weeks of having the best side...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Being the forgotten child can be both a bit of a burden as well as a benefit, but when we re talking about Ontario s amalgamated municipalities, it s never something to envy.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
The upcoming closure of the Mid-Huron Landfill at Holmesville has caused headaches for local municipalities that depended on the site and highlighted again just how much waste we create.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The people of Brussels often feel as though their municipality has turned its back on them. The municipality is based in Seaforth and, unfortunately, a lot of the time it feels as though that decision is symbolic of a lot more than a nice location.
Friday, March 23, 2018
The death of theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking last week saw much written about his brilliant mind. To me, what came to mind was the importance of human differences.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Last summer, there were a lot of changes happening in North Huron with new staff being brought on and a new way of doing things being considered for services throughout the municipality.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
On a recent TVO show, The Life-Sized City, about Medellin, Columbia, an activist in that city made an interesting observation. Residents, he said, have rights. Citizens have rights and responsibilities.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
As the federal government moves toward legalizing the use and sale of marijuana this summer, many Canadians still wonder if it s the right move. However, we have long since happily accepted a far more addictive presence for the majority...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
As most of you have no doubt heard by now, it happened again. Someone went into a school with an AR-15 assault rifle and killed a number of people. In this case, at least 17 people were killed and 14 more were injured by the lone gunman...
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Last week, before they left for South Korea, Jess and I had dinner with Jeff and Janice Peters. Clearly, conversation was dominated by talk of the Olympics in PyeongChang and their son Justin s experience there thus far.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Driving down our country concession early last Friday afternoon we encountered a trail of beer cans tossed out a car window by someone who evidently didn t think beyond his own immediate urge to be rid of this garbage.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
When writing my column, I try to stay away from identifying individuals (except for politicians and celebrities) but when someone starts making claims on my behalf, I change the rules.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
In my years as a journalist for The Citizen, one of the most difficult of my tasks has been court reporting. The most difficult aspect of that difficult task is the ever-powerful victim impact statement.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
There was a tremendous feeling of jubilation last week throughout Huron County when Hockey Canada announced its men s Olympic roster. Justin Peters, a Blyth native now playing in Germany, is one of three goalies on the team.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
If you re making New Year s resolutions and you re a user of social media, I hope you ll resolve to use these powerful media responsibly in the coming year.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
On Sunday, I saw a Christmas tree covered in women s underwear and socks. It s true. I was sitting right there at the Blyth United Church and I saw it with my own two eyes. There s even a picture in this week s Citizen to back me up on this.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The scene in a St. Thomas shopping mall last week could have been from a satirical movie if it hadn t been so serious.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Being a first-time father who has to spend so much time away from his first born isn t an easy task to take head-on, believe you me.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
There is very often a direct cause and effect related to most societal problems. Those who don t think so simply have their heads buried in the sand.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Such is my ignorance of what s fashionable in food (or anything else) that I had never even heard of the U.S. restaurant chain that caused great excitement in Toronto this week by opening its first Canadian outlet at Yorkdale Mall.