Thursday, August 7, 2014
OPINION -- I am unsure about politics. From what I have seen on television and the news, politicians seem to me to be responsible for a lot of unnecessary conflicts and woe for the working population. I have seen jobs cut and school funding and healthcare
Thursday, August 7, 2014
OPINION: Derek first heard it, a thunderous rumbling upriver headed his way. Obviously a log had been let out at the dam, raising the water level and sending a gush of newly released volume to make its way downstream. One lake down from the dam, beaches
Thursday, August 7, 2014
OPINION -- I’m sitting on the dock at the cottage, laptop actually where its name suggests, on my lap, as I write this column. It feels kind of weird, working while looking out over the lake, but this is what living in Cottage Country is all about, eh?
Thursday, July 31, 2014
OPINION: Last week, councillor Brigitte Gall – who was seeking reelection in Ward 1 – changed her nomination to try for reeve. She said there weren’t any candidates she could get behind and the community was getting discouraged, so she decided to go for i
Thursday, July 31, 2014
OPINION: We’ve tried every form of natural induction we can think of, save for the dreaded castor oil. My mouth is raw from pineapple and I can tell you how many stairs there are leading to the top of the Dorset Tower. If walking induces labour, I only
Thursday, July 31, 2014
OPINION: Have you ever been caught in an awkward situation; one of those instances where you just don't know where to put yourself? I know I have. May be it's my reserved English nature or perhaps the inherent ability I have for putting my foot in it, eit
Thursday, July 31, 2014
OPINION: I, Austin Connor McGillion, am pedantic. What, you wonder, does this mean? Most people speak in a very natural way, using contractions and truncated speech, while I, on the other hand, speak very formally.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
My driving dilemma By Austin McGillion - Through My

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
OPINION -- I got a growler at the weekend, all brown and bubbly it was.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
OPINION -- Though the county appears calm this time of year, frantic action is happening below the surface.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
OPINION -- I love to fish. Growing up in Callander – a small town just outside of North Bay, nestled along Lake Nippissing – I was fortunate to live about five minutes from my grandparents’ house.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Chickens and eggs By Austin McGillion - Through My

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
OPINION - The Outsider tries his hand at wakeskating

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
OPINION - I become infatuated very easily, and my big mouth ensures that everyone knows what I’ve fallen for at any given moment.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
OPINION - The best thing about municipal politics is the access we have to our local politicians.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- There are two things I do not handle well: pressure from outside sources, and being asked to do something immediately. Going shopping without knowing a few days in advance or suddenly being asked to write a column ...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- Thank you Barb. Thank you Barb for reigniting my interest in local politics. Up until now I have been utterly and completely disengaged as to the political wranglings in our municipal offices...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- Bob Dylan may have better rhymes, and the Kingston Trio more soothing harmonies, but if you find yourself missing the days of the mighty protest song there's good news: a revival is happening right here in Ontario.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- I recently took a ride through the trails in Highlands East. It took almost a day’s riding to get from Harcourt through to Gooderham and back again, but what a good day it was. From a beautiful waterfall to an old bridge ...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- As Sam slipped through the door he could hear his father’s snores rumbling through the thin partition. The cottage interior walls were plywood nailed to two by four studs and sound travelled ...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- A visit to Karen Sloan's recently opened Wallflower Studio boutique in Minden left me with little time to talk to the proprietor because she was busy with ...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- Like the first rays of sunshine on a glorious summer's day, a coffee from Tim's paid for by an anonymous stranger, or an unexpected tax refund from the government (albeit you've already paid for it in multiple different ways)...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- I remember when the Internet came to Minden. It might have been accessible in other parts of the world, but it wasn’t relevant to me, a teenager at the time, until I learned what a modem was and then memorized the sound of it ...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- It's often under stress that a person's true character shows through, and no doubt Barb Reid is under a lot of stress. In the last two weeks, her CAO and interim community services director resigned...

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