Opinion Column

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.

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.

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.

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

A short history of height

I stumbled across an interesting article that changed my outlook on life. Napoleon Bonaparte wasn't short. Granted, he was never scouted by the Toronto Raptors, but Napoleon was somewhere around 5'6" in his sock feet. One historian said maybe even 5'7". At the time, 5'6" was the average height of a Frenchman. I tried to find out how tall the Duke o


Security of Internet voting must be ensured

On occasion, when I forget my padlock at home, I have left my gym bag unlocked in the Peter Street YMCA change room. When this happens, I take comfort knowing most Orillians are honest and would not take my belongings. As of yet, I have not been stolen from. However, continuing this practice might one day have consequences.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been given an honourary doctorate by the Islamic University of Jamia Milli. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Why don’t anti-fascists fight Islamofascism?

Seventy-two years ago this Friday, on May 5, 1945, Hitler’s fascist dream of a “Thousand Year Reich” lay in ruins, as Berlin fell to the Red Army, only to find the ashes of the “Fuhrer” who had shot himself five days earlier.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan responds to a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Sajjan is all hat and no cattle

Harjit Sajjan, the minister of National Defence, needs to resign from his post over what he is now calling his “mistake” taking credit for planning a major campaign against the Taliban when he was serving in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s.

The power of positivity

It’s raining. In fact, it has been raining for several days now. Not only that, but weathernetwork.com told me it will rain this morning and all afternoon, into the evening and again tomorrow.

Ontario Senator Peter Harder speaks with Calgary Herald reporter James Wood in Calgary in this April 26, 2017 file photo. (Gavin Young/Postmedia Network)

Democracy loses when senators independent

This week, Sen. Peter Harder, embarked on a herculean political mission aimed at helping get Canada's Senate working the way the government wants it to. Which is to say, passing Liberal legislation.

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