Opinion

Janet Nyhof is the deputy clerk for the City of Orillia.

Have your say on ward boundaries

In preparation for the 2018 municipal election, the City of Orillia is currently in the process of conducting a ward boundary review and is looking to residents and property owners for their input.

LETTER: Do your ducks need cleaning?

I'm confused! Twice a week I get calls from someone offering to clean my ducks, but it is difficult to get details about their services. We don't personally own any ducks, but we sometimes see a couple of mallards hanging about in the drainage ditch behind our place. A few days ago the male was quietly watching the female while she was energeticall

Sixth route needed to improve transit

Back in December, when city councillors were deliberating the creation of a transit rider working group that would involve councillors riding city buses, Coun. Ted Emond likened the exercise to a "political sham." He said he was quite able, for example, to sit on the committee of adjustment without ever personally experiencing the process of obtain

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut, May 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Trump's sharing of intel with Russians a disaster

The president of the United States is very powerful. The so-called leader of the free world has a lot of influence and a great deal of leeway in deciding what to say and do. Donald Trump is exercising this freedom to the max.

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House, on May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump's dysfunction cannot be contained

All the talk of special prosecutors and the like will not bring the man to book. No amount of dysfunction in the White House will make it stop until early 2019 at best, even though a great deal of damage will have been done by then.

MP and interim federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose talks with guests before a speech at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary on Thursday February 9, 2017. GAVIN YOUNG/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Ambrose's winning ways merit praise

When interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose took to the stage at the annual parliamentary press gallery dinner last year, the slightly loosened-up audience of scribes braced for a letdown. They had just been treated to an entertaining speech by the country's charismatic new prime minister, including a yoga demonstration by his wife. Ambrose would

LETTER: Think of the children

With Mother's Day just past, it's a good time to remind Canadians that purchasing favourite gift choices - flowers and chocolate - can have a devastating effect on children overseas.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission delivers his speech in front of the Romanian Parliament backdropped by members of Romanian government in Bucharest on May 11, 2017. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Is French about to make international comeback?

This month, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech at the annual state of the union conference in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. The theme of the gathering was "Building a People's Europe."

Analyzing fashion trends

Being known as an authority on the vagaries of the fashion industry and expert on the latest trends can be a demanding, but rewarding pastime for someone with the body of a Greek god and an inexhaustible supply of cash to afford a wardrobe even the wealthiest Hollywood stars envy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Forget about Trump, worry about Trudeau

If Canada’s chattering classes can tear themselves away from Donald Trump for a moment, have they noticed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stopped answering even the most basic and reasonable questions in Parliament?

Look at the bigger picture

As taxpayers with fixed incomes and finite resources, it's easy, at times, to become fixated on numbers - specifically numbers that have dollar signs attached. So, we should all be concerned that the city is pondering the purchase of the former Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute property that will likely have a price tag in the $3

Now is the time to act

My family has grown accustomed to the many idiosyncrasies of our century-old farm house. The creaking walls, the various species which inhabit it, and even the tiny stream that runs through the basement in spring time. However, this year that tiny stream became a much bigger problem. After only a few hours of a broken pump, our entire basement was

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