Wednesday, May 29, 2019
While the Canadian media, in months past, searched hard for scandals to embarrass the government, it paid scant attention to a real scandal the 1,500 tonnes of Canadian garbage that has been rotting in Manila, Philippines since 2014.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
One of my favourite television shows is the now-discontinued medical comedy Scrubs. I enjoyed it since it first came on the air in October, 2001 right through to its eight season (though it went to nine).
Friday, May 17, 2019
Change is inevitable. I m nowhere near the first person to say that but it is truly a fact of life. And, as they say, you can either change with the times or get out of the way those are your two options.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
I got into a bit of discussion with some people recently who apparently thought I was a Liberal or NDP supporter. I politely told them I m not, I m a journalist and that means, outside of when I mark my own personal voting ballot, I m impartial.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Personal experiences and interactions are the core of how we become the people we are. When we meet someone face to face, when we go somewhere and feel its ground under our feet, when we have to make a choice devoid of options, it changes you.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The ongoing rancorous debate over the Ontario government s budget demonstrates once again that everybody wants something from government they just don t want to pay for it.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Easter has always been the poor cousin of Christmas when it comes to holidays, but during my lifetime, it has faded even farther into the background.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
As I sat through the most recent North Huron Council meeting, I wondered about the shelf life of a political promise. Apparently, in North Huron, it s less than a year if many campaign promises are to be believed.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
For all the acres of newsprint that have been covered by ink with facts and speculation about the SNC-Lavalin controversy, for all the hours of television air time used up by talking heads giving their opinions, how you feel about the situation...
Thursday, March 28, 2019
In the acclaimed show Mad Men, all about the advertising industry in the 1960s and 1970s, there is a scene where protagonist and advertising guru Donald Draper is interviewing a potential copywriter and, as Draper flips through...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Currently, we find ourselves in the age of outrage. When people see something online they don t like by God, they will tell you they disagree and then probably call you an idiot somewhere along the way.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
When Premier Doug Ford s provincial government contemplates banning single-use plastic items like straws, bags and wrappers, you know we ve got a plastics problem.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Well, the Academy Awards have come and gone for another year and once again I ve been reminded that I have no artistic taste.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
We should all be giving credit where credit s due to North Huron Council on its decision to revisit the Blyth fire hall issue, ultimately finding a solution in the face of nearly universal public outcry.
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.