Opinion Editorial

True show of strength

In 2013, Patti Freeman, a teacher at Couchiching Heights Public School, unveiled a new running program for girls at the north-end school. It was all about providing the students an opportunity to learn about, among other things, the importance of fitness.

Keyboard warriors beware

The World Wide Web made its debut in 1990 and it's still a relatively young technology. Perhaps that's why it still resembles the wild west, where anything and everything goes.

Pay-to-park bylaw could deter tourism

The sun finally emerged this week and the temperatures, at long last, began to warm up. That meant lots of people were flocking to our waterfront to soak in the rays, to dip their toes in the chilly waters and relish the first moments of a coming summer.

Initiative shines a light on areas of need

The next time this municipality considers spending big bucks to hire an out-of-town consultant, perhaps they should give that decision some serious second thought because within this community reside many intelligent, articulate, passionate, caring people who have innovative ideas that could change the world.

An old-school mentality

Great news, folks. A successful, long- time local entrepreneur has decided to move into a vacant store in the downtown core. He is investing his hard-earned money into upgrading the space with new floors and better lighting; the enterprise will sport a dynamic sign crafted by local legend Ron Schell, who has created most of the downtown's signature

We can all play a part in honouring Jacob

A few months after his son died, Jeff Noble got a call from Mark Goode. He asked Jeff to bring his wife, Connie, and their two children, Kayleigh and Kaden, over to his house. “When Mark opened the door, standing behind him were two firefighters from Toronto and two firefighters from New Jersey, Bill Lavin and his daughter,” recalled Noble.

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

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

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

The importance of hospice

As Donald Trump pulls the plug on Obamacare south of the border, leaving many Americans frightened by their sickening level of health care, many point to Canada's system as the gold standard. And amid the many nightmarish stories told by our U.S. neighbours, it's hard to dispute that assertion.

Push for online voting flawed from the start

Well, that was disappointing. On Monday night, city council flip-flopped on its decision from the previous week and put the kibosh on a plan to move to Internet voting. The Luddites prevailed and, in the next municipal election, paper ballots will be used just as they have been for the past 100 years.

Conservative leadership candidate, Kevin O'Leary, speaks to members and supporters at a meet and greet in Burlington, Ont., on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Celebrity investor and reality-TV star O'Leary has quit the federal Conservative leadership race and throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Filling the O’Leary void

When Conservative Party of Canada members fill in their ballots for leader, they need to keep in mind they’re voting to pick the person who can beat Justin Trudeau in the next election.

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