Heroes in red

Bear with me this week, friends, because I’m going to take a bit of a leap and draw a parallel between two very different people that we lost this fall – a comic-book mogul who enjoyed a full life...
Cathy and I just hit a milestone: January marked five years since we decided to buy a house in Port Hawkesbury. Our first five-and-a-half years of marriage saw us renting an apartment in the town, but we wanted to put...
I find this column hard to write, because in doing so I have to say goodbye to a pair of familiar faces – one on a local scale, the other at a national level – who touched me, and...
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – Amen. Father, I had hoped that this would be a prayer of celebration, as it was 30 years ago this week that I accepted You into...
I was about two months into my first regular journalism job, as the afternoon news anchor for CIGO AM Radio. With my five o’clock newscast just a few minutes away, I was delivering a handful of sound clips and pre-packaged...
As some of you might already know, I entered a contest this fall. I didn’t win the contest. I didn’t even make it to the finals. So why would I spend the next 750 words writing about a contest that I...

Fill the arenas

I try not to repeat myself in these columns, but this week I think I should revisit a topic that I brought up last spring, shortly after the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. The northern Saskatchewan town recently faced the difficult task...

Shovelling out

He knew he had to do it. He and his wife had been struggling with the flu since the day after Boxing Day, leaving them both unable to give the driveway, the steps and the back deck the attention they...
This week, I’m going to revisit a youthful lapse of judgment to illustrate my feelings about the $10 million settlement the federal government recently awarded Omar Khadr. In the summer of 1990, shortly after graduating high school, I was the...

Why I’m leaving

As many of you already know, this is my last week at The Reporter. Since I’ve been a part of this newsroom for nearly a decade – which extends to almost a dozen years when my previous stint from 1999-2001...
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