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Time for a total overhaul

Elections are just around the corner, meaning it’s time to critically evaluate the performance of our current council, particularly those hoping to return for the next term.   Looking back over the past four years, overall, it has been downright embarrassing.   It’s honestly no surprise to anyone anymore when comments come out regarding the behaviour of our council. Since …

Why Net Neutrality Matters

Backed by the FCC, President Donald Trump announced last month plans to roll back Net Neutrality, lifting restrictions on internet providers that limit how and what they can charge consumers. There’s no way around it–this move is incredibly dangerous, and threatens the way we send and receive news and information, interact, do business–basically everything that happens on the internet. This …

Of death and loss

“Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.” ― Katharine Weber, The Music Lesson   In the past two years, I’ve lost more than I could have …

What to do When Dreams Die

One of my favourite quotes from Walt Disney is “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For years, I took this as meaning that every single dream you have will come true. After all, Walt also said “All our dreams can come true if we have the strength to pursue them.” Growing up, I took both of these …

Thanksgiving thoughts

I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving.   Do you remember in Addam’s Family Values when Wednesday ditches the Thanksgiving play script and opts for a more … realistic … telling of the Thanksgiving story? If not, search “wednesday addams thanksgiving speech” on YouTube and click on the 3rd link.   It’s probably one of the most memorable and comical …

It’s right under our noses

Friday of next week, Family Transition Place will hold their annual fundraiser, The Hope Project. This year’s speaker is someone whose story all should hear.   Timea Nagy, often called the face of human trafficking in Canada, has become one of the most important people on the front lines of this fight – a fight many don’t realize is even …

Take a stand against hate

I can remember growing up and learning about the world wars, then taking what we had been taught and running it by my Oma and Opa when I saw them. The revisionism of history was always something that frustrated me, but history is always written through the lens of the beholder. And in the nations that were supposed to be …

The little piano that could

In a kind of, sort of, still a little bit small-ish town, it’s a given some of the biggest town-wide dramas, spectacles, and news will revolve around, well, nothing at all. Such is the case of this particular tale, involving nothing more than a public piano.   The concept of sidewalk pianos is not a new one. Many a small …

We need to do better

I hesitated in sharing this particular column on my blog, but felt the message is worth the post. As much as this is about Chester Bennington’s suicide, it’s also bigger than that. Chester’s tragic end after a frightening and difficult battle only comes to the forefront of conversation because he, like many other celebrities, are already in the spotlight. But …

Finding your real faith

Faith is a funny thing. Despite being rooted in your own personal thoughts and feelings, it can be deeply affected by people’s actions, lack of actions, and words. These things can rock everything you believe, bringing your world down around you like a glass ceiling shattering in a million pieces.   Though faith ultimately should be planted firmly in an …