Opinion Column

Those marathoners are a special lot

I went for a walk one morning, listening to Eric Clapton on a Walkman or whatever you call those little Coby things with earplugs. They are captivating devices because, after a few moments, you forget where you are, where you are going or what you are supposed to be doing; you just listen as the music goes on and on.

Sing a song of satire

I woke up this morning with 'Start the day with a song and sing it all day long' running through my head.

Keeping our head in the game

Orillia has a rich sport history, in terms of both participation and event planning. Because of the premier sport venues in Orillia and surrounding area, our engaged community and our outstanding civic pride, Orillia has been awarded some incredible sport event hosting opportunities over the next few years.


Ground control to Major Jim

A week or two ago, we watched The Martian, a sci-fi movie starring Matt Damon. It’s about an astronaut accidentally stranded on our celestial neighbour. However, as much as I would like the adventure, I’ve decided to remove my name from the list of young hopefuls lined up for NASA’s upcoming Mars journey.

Alex Nuttall

Fair and equitable: NUTTALL

On the eve of his election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau boldly stated that, “if Canadians are to trust their government, their government needs to trust Canadians.”


Getting to the bottom of it

This is one of those "what ever happened to" articles. I was looking through some old columns, trying to find something I wrote about fashion, when I stumbled across something new that hit the market in 2008. A new lingerie contraption was sweeping the nation -- the Biniki, a brassiere designed to enhance milady's butt.

Alex Nuttall

Bringing energy to shadow role: NUTTALL

In the last parliamentary session, I had the honour of serving as the critic for Federal Development in Southern Ontario, the new Sharing Economy, and as deputy critic for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.

A vintage handbill advertises recruits wanted for a lancer regiment headed by Arthur Rankin to fight in the U.S. Civil War.

Man of action, questionable results

Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario — different names for the same place. It was built by a wide range of characters: surveyors, soldiers, politicians, miners, entrepreneurs, scrappers and showmen.

Greg Preston is the City of Orillia's manager of waste management. SUPPLIED

Why the city scrapped plastic yard waste bags

On July 1, the City of Orillia moved in line with many Ontario municipalities to no longer allow plastic bags for leaf and yard waste collection. Only paper and compostable yard waste bags will be accepted.

Photo submitted by Metro Creative Graphics

Signs of being a geezer

Sadly I am convinced that somehow over the past seven decades I have become a geezer. I'm not positive but I do show some signs that suggest I might qualify for geezerdom.

Eighty doesn’t have to be ‘a tragic age’

Alas, my 80th birthday is now history. As we grow older, birthdays seem to come a lot faster — sometimes once a year, even more. I’m sure some older geezers can identify with that. “Life is a big circle!” I always say. One minute your mother is congratulating you for finally shucking your diapers, and the next you’re down at Shoppers trying them on

Alex Nuttall

Partnering with PIE: NUTTALL

This week, the team at PIE Education proudly wraps up its fifth year of delivering backpacks filled with school supplies to youth in our community.

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