Sunday, February 18, 2018


There’s an air of familiarity to the Hawkesbury Room, located on the downstairs level of the Maritime Inn on Reeves Street, as we head into the final six hours of St. Patrick’s Day 2017. It’s partly because I’ve been here...
International Women’s Day felt a little different this year. For one thing, there seemed to be an air of hopelessness to it. Women have made incredible strides over the past year, on the local, national and international scale, and yet...
As we lumber into the final six weeks of 2017, I’m noticing a marked difference between the stories that have everybody talking this year and those that got us all fired up last year. From where I sit, 2016 wound...
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. Lord Almighty, I thank You for always being present to hear my prayers and problems, whether they may be the heaviest burdens or merely the day-to-day issues...

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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...
I’m amazed by the time that has already elapsed since the provincial Education Minister announced that his government had accepted the recommendation of an independent consultant – in a report filed only 24 hours earlier - to dissolve Nova...
Amid the joy of the Christmas season and the chaos of last week’s stormy weather, I experienced the sadness that comes with losing a mentor from my formative years. Michael Cobden, who was the director of the King’s College School...
I’m winding down my tenth year of providing municipal council reports for CBC Cape Breton’s Information Morning, and I may have hit a first – amazing the host. Sitting in for Steve Sutherland last week, Information Morning news anchor Yvonne...
A disclaimer: I have never read Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, nor have I seen the Charlottetown festival’s long-running musical version. Now that some of you have already begun the arrangements for my deportation from Canada (or...
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...
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