Opinion Column

National Aboriginal Day a time to celebrate, learn

Each year, Canada acknowledges National Aboriginal Day, known to some as First Nations Day, to recognize and celebrate the indigenous peoples who live in Canada. Approximately 10% of the population in Simcoe County is of aboriginal decent (which is almost double the national average). In this year of Canada’ s sesquicentennial, it is especially imp

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Giving the power back to MPs

Over the past year, I have observed multiple House of Commons committees. This experience has been an incredible privilege, and has given me the opportunity to see Canadian politics in action. I thought, with the House of Commons closing for the summer, that it would be a good time to reflect on how these committees function and the ways they could


Pondering over a pint

I have, in front of me, a 500-ml can of Tyskie beer given to me by a friend who just polished off four of them and is lying facedown on my lawn. Tyskie, by the way, is the No. 1 selling beer in Poland, which all we beer connoisseurs know is brewed by Polish Tyskie Browary Ksiažece. (There is supposed to be squiggly thing underneath the 'a' and the

Emma Quirt is the City of Orillia's cultural event co-ordinator.

Cause for celebration

Growing up in the Sunshine City, I loved attending library programs, watching performances at the Orillia Opera House and taking part in the many summer festivals. I enjoyed Orillia's rich culture so much, I was inspired by it and was fortunate to spend four years in Scotland, learning, volunteering and working in arts and culture.

A case for going postal

When I was 10, I had a light blue piggy bank. I always knew when I put a coin in, I would get it back. I never had to worry about being charged interest or having to pay fees after accidentally signing up for a costly new account. However, for me and most other Canadians, growing up has meant exchanging our piggy banks for real bank accounts. As an

Not the right time

Kicking the beehive, opening a can of worms: these are just some of the metaphors used to describe the potential outcome of statements made last week by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

The battle of the bulge

This morning Mary and I were going through our daily ritual of squeezing me into a pair of pants. I'm sure every family has the same routine. I take a deep breath and suck in my stomach until my eyes bug out. Just before everything goes black, Mary hooks the clips on my pants together.

Make every season a season of giving

For many, spring is a wonderful time of year. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the garage sales are starting. However, for food banks, spring can be one of the most difficult seasons.

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New Horizons for Seniors: NUTTALL

Canada is strongest when all of its citizens are given the chance to access opportunities, contribute to society, and have the chance to reach their full potential in a fair and welcoming environment.

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Criticisms of Bill C16 unfounded

Who would think that the use of the word 'and' instead of a comma would make such a difference? In regular writing, it really doesn't. However, in legal drafting, this distinction can be very significant.

Truth in advertising

Today we will be discussing the very slim possibility that ad agencies, on rare occasions, may tell fibs.

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.

An argument for inflation

The other day, I was reading an article written by Greg Quinn in the Financial Post. The article referred to a hot dog vendor in Ottawa who had to deal with the increased prices of meat. It was suggested that with greater inflation, the price of the meat had been on the rise, essentially forcing the vendor to increase his prices and therefore limit

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.

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