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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
So the term fake news officially crossed the 49th parallel last week when former Conservative Party rebel Maxime Bernier warned about it as he announced his resignation from the party and his plans to found his own right-of-centre party
Friday, July 27, 2018
They say you can never go home again, but we humans keep trying anyway with mixed results.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
As I read J. D. Vance s bestseller Hillbilly Elegy recently, I couldn t help but wonder how people with similar backgrounds can turn out to remarkably different.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Every year around this time I struggle with the same dilemma: who am I to judge the works of other people?
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Recently, while watching the Blyth Festival s production of Wing Night at the Boot, I was struck again by how much more complex a small community is than it appears from the outside.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Those old enough to recall the days when westerns ruled the airwaves will remember a familiar scene.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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, 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.
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