By the time you read this, the 2017 Celtic Colours International Festival will be in the books, and I will have - hopefully - recovered from one of my busiest-ever experiences with this 10-night extravaganza. A lot has changed since...
Many of you might not know that this column is written five days – sometimes six – before it appears in The Reporter. As a result, I need to choose a topic that will still capture your minds and hearts...
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...

The MAD migration

When some people reach their 65th birthday, they might move to a sunnier climate like Florida, either for the harsh winter months or permanently. In a similar vein (or, as its early slogan declared, “in a jugular vein”), MAD Magazine...
Dear Mr. Harper: Oh, wait, I’m sorry. You’re not Prime Minister anymore, so there’s no need to persist with these needless formalities. Let’s try again. Pretend you’re wearing a cardigan by the fireside for one of your “folksy” campaign commercials,...

Too comfortable

I started the morning of Thursday, February 15 by waking up, having a cup of tea and two slices of peanut butter on toast, and watching a hockey game. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Before I watched the game, I...

Country Nation

Moments before George Canyon took the stage on the third Friday evening in November, I took my seat at the far left of the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Bear Head Conference Room, just outside the kitchen area. I came perilously...
“Good evening everybody! Welcome to our first – and probably last – annual Province House Christmas Pageant. I’m your host, Karen Casey.” “Boo!” “Resign!” “Yes, yes, it’s simply grand to see all of you here, too. As your Minister of Education, I...
I’m writing this column three days after an event that I had been fortunate enough to postpone for most of my life, but hoped I would be able to put off for just a few more years.  Cathy and I...
For the first time in several months, I don’t have a single topic for my column, so I’ll hit on several things over the next 800 words. Mind you, these seemingly-random thoughts all have one common thread – they’re all...
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