Trevor’s Take: A settler’s reflection

One of the great things about Twitter is that you only get 160 characters, including spaces, to describe yourself to the outside world. People use their bio to establish their “brand,” to declare their political worldview, demonstrate their sense of humour or simply to give a list of what they do and what is important to them as a way of introducing themselves to the virtual world.

My bio is pretty simple: “writer for The Lindsay Advocate; singer-songwriter; nfp CFO= number rancher; he/him. U of T alumnus. Dad-ish; husband — all the rest would bore you. Settler.”

Mike Perry…Mike Cadeau? Story of a newfound “Half-breed”

“Oh, and by the way … we’re Métis,” my long-lost sister shouted into the phone last New Year’s Eve, talking… Continue reading “Mike Perry…Mike Cadeau? Story of a newfound “Half-breed””

Podcast Teaser: Balancing act is vital

Podcast Teaser: Balancing act is vital in journalism

More than 30 years ago, when I was a young and green and still-a-very-much-learning-my-craft journalist in Ottawa, I was given some words of wisdom that, ever since, I’ve always strived to adhere to.

“As a reporter, you can never be unbiased,” my good friend and a veteran of both print and broadcast media had warned me. His point was that we’re all human beings, not robots, and therefore have opinions – and that journalists have plenty of them. “But,” he stressed, “as a reporter you can, and must, always be fair.”

It’s important, here, to make the distinction between a reporter and a columnist – the latter uses their space to espouse and expound on an opinion, which, if they’re doing their job properly, is still based on research and reason.

National census reflects who we are and how we are changing

There are many things we can learn from other countries, but one lesson involving nearby New York state is particularly… Continue reading “National census reflects who we are and how we are changing”

Political paths, political journeys

I enjoyed reading Roderick Benns’ “Political Confessions,” (Benns’ Belief, April edition.) I have always been curious about how people arrive… Continue reading “Political paths, political journeys”

Accept change, don’t fear it

“Cancel culture, cancel culture, cancel culture”… we keep hearing it over and over in diatribes about how it’s “taking over”… Continue reading “Accept change, don’t fear it”

Show us the GO bus, Laurie Scott

Laurie Scott, MPP, I received your newsletter. On your list you say you want to support health and long-term care,… Continue reading “Show us the GO bus, Laurie Scott”