Mike Leblanc in his Midland home with pictures of his wife Deanna Leblanc, who died in hospital in March 2014. (Tracy McLaughlin photo/Special to QMI)

Trial starts for Midland nurse

Sitting by his dying wife's hospital bed, husband Mike Leblanc was told he would have to sit and watch his wife's heart "explode" if he didn't let nur

LETTER: A Leacockian proposal

In the early 1900s, a renowned economist and humorist wrote a book describing the supposed activities and places in any small Canadian town. A summer

A mid-19th-century fur trader checks out the pelts.

Springtime was trapping time

In the late 19th century, newspapers around Simcoe County published series in their papers, giving local pioneers a space to write about their experie

BOB BOWLES/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Spotted and Jefferson Salamanders mating in ice cover vernal pools in Simcoe County in early April this year.

Birds springing up in area

One of the most interesting times of year for nature observations is early spring. Birds start to return from the south every year in March, with horn

David Hawke/Special to the Packet & Times As we grapple with a rapidly-changing climate, we are also trying to fit a constantly-growing population into a space that environmentally can't support them. This double whammy has created an imbalance between our basic needs and what nature can provide. New ideas are needed, and both government bureaucrats and regular folk have to accept "the old ways" no longer apply.

Seeking a natural balance

Whether by accident or by design, Earth Day falls right smack dab between those depressing April showers and their proverbial result of uplifting May

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