Opinion Columns

Putting the carbon tax through the spin cycle

In 1946 George Orwell, the writer of 1984 wrote in his seminal Politics and the English Language that, “When one… Continue reading “Putting the carbon tax through the spin cycle”

Board negotiates deal with area high school teachers

Teachers: For the people

In the mid 1990s, while working at a newspaper as a young scribe, I wrote what I thought was a… Continue reading “Teachers: For the people”

“Who from their labours rest:” Lindsay factory workers reminisce

“Who from their labours rest:” Lindsay factory workers reminisce

Picture it. It’s mid-May of 1919, and you’re a 12 or 13-year-old frolicking in the waters of the Scugog River… Continue reading ““Who from their labours rest:” Lindsay factory workers reminisce”

Dandelion days: What will you have to drink?

It was a warm spring day at our food co-op as we ran the annual plant exchange. Gardeners with overflowing… Continue reading “Dandelion days: What will you have to drink?”

Water in plastic: Who’s most responsible in the drive for endless growth?

Water in plastic: Who’s most responsible in the drive for endless growth?

It was a peaceful climate justice protest organized by a high school student inspired by activist Greta Thunberg. A man… Continue reading “Water in plastic: Who’s most responsible in the drive for endless growth?”

What we leave behind: On growing up in Lindsay

They call it ‘relative poverty.’ Growing up in Lindsay in the east end in the 1970s and early 80s, we… Continue reading “What we leave behind: On growing up in Lindsay”

Mental health training is available to all of us

The desire to help and the hope that we can provide direction, care, or support to someone that may be… Continue reading “Mental health training is available to all of us”