Next Wednesday, Bell Media will host its annual Let’s Talk Day, which sees the Canadian communications giant putting a renewed focus on mental health and encouraging all of us to share our own experiences with anxiety, depression and similar...
So, after spending over seven years in a self-imposed absence from community theatre, I suddenly found myself performing in three different plays in as many counties this spring. Regular readers of this column might recall that I recently served as...
I thought we were far enough into the winter that this wouldn’t be a problem, but sadly, it appears that the Christmas toys found under several trees across the province are as defective as their poorly-built predecessors. So I have...

My notebooks

This week, if you can bear with me, I’m talking about some of the notebooks I have on my desk here at the newspaper office. Even in the digital age, having a fresh supply of paper to scrawl down details...
Regular readers of this column (officially known as “poor souls”) might remember me mentioning in early January that I was launching a blog to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. I knew that I wanted the “Canada Through My Eye” project...
I was struck silent by the inscription on the gravestone that sat just a few feet in front of me on this quiet Friday morning in northern France. In a sense, that shouldn’t be surprising. This was my first visit...
Cathy and I have enjoyed CBC-TV’s comedy-in-a-small-town series Still Standing for quite awhile now, but we’ve never looked forward to an episode quite as much as the late-November edition saluting the community of Canso. That’s partly because each of us...
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 never thought I’d see the day when the federal party established to break up Canada was finally on the verge of breaking up itself. For that matter, I always figured that if I lived long enough to see the...
This week, meet two very different Canadian comics who used their fame, wit and creativity to remind us all that there’s nothing wrong with finding either humour or pride in the simple act of being Canadian. And, as an added...
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