Opinion

LETTER: Tree event a success

This past Saturday evening the Orillia Museum of Art and History held their first Festival of Trees event. This event was a success due to the talent of many artists in Orillia and area who donated their skills to make each tree a unique work of art.

RFP the safest choice

Naturally, nobody wants their taxes to go up. So, when city council recently adopted its budget for 2017 and what will be, approximately, a 3% tax increase, many - with good reason - lamented the hike. After all, our taxes go up every year as does the price we pay for electricity, gas, groceries...you get the idea.

Off-the-clock freedom

Dan Mulligan, like many Canadians, is in favour of legalizing marijuana. Big deal, right? It is to his employer: the Ontario Provincial Police.

Extended life plan

I realize I shouldn't be loading my worries on you whilst you are battling the Christmas shopping crowds to find that perfect gift for the girl or man of your dreams and at the same time find a trinket or two for your husband or wife, but I may have had my plans for the future dashed upon the Rock of Ages as they say in that old hymn.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec.7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Cash-for-access threatens to cripple Grits

The federal Liberals can’t possibly win the cash-for-access war of attrition in which they’ve been embroiled for weeks and to which they seem grimly committed. The only question is how soon they’ll concede -- and how severe a drubbing they’ll sustain in the interim.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters during a media availability on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Poor 'energy literacy' biggest pipeline obstacle

The response to last week's approval of two pipelines -- Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge's Line 3 replacement -- has exposed the lack of energy literacy in Canada that's exacerbated by a fragmented media and ignorance of Alberta's climate plan.

A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighbourhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. Rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians after losing more than three quarters of their territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive.(GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Aleppo's many 'trapped' raises propaganda issues

Did it cross your mind occasionally, in the past week to wonder where all of the "250,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo" have gone? As the area of the city under rebel control dwindled -- by Wednesday morning the Syrian regime's troops had recaptured three-quarters of it -- did you see massive columns of fleeing civilians, or mounds of civili

Mayor John Tory at Executive press conference after committee meeting on road tolls and TTC Thursday December 1, 2016. (Craig Robertson/Postmedia Network)

Ontario commuters, the road tolls for thee

The idea to charge a toll for drivers who use two commuter roadways in Toronto is sure to spill over into the rest of the province, especially now that Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has no objections.

Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff speaks to members of the media before he is sworn in as the youngest-ever member of the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The Progressive Conservative was elected Nov. 17 in a byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook, previously held by former party leader Tim Hudak. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Teenaged MPP doomed by liberal intolerance

Poor Sam Oosterhoff. Here he is just 19, a home-schooled farm kid from Ontario wine country, newly landed in the Big Smoke and keen to make his mark as the province's youngest-ever MPP. But his political career is already doomed.

William Lyon Mackenzie King. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Public Archives)

Questions of 'loyalty' hide hatred and bigotry

Seventy-five years ago this week, William Lyon Mackenzie King told his diary, "This is the most crucial moment in all the world's history." On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and the Canadian prime minister, like everyone else, watched the world change overnight.

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