Tuesday, November 19, 2019
“I told you, we shouldn’t stop here. I hate these chintzy take-out places.” “I know, but we’ve still got a long way to drive – on mostly-unpaved roads, for that matter. So, let’s take a chance...

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...
Regular readers might recall that, a few months ago I mentioned my “Canada Through My Eye” blog for the first time in this column space.   Somehow, I got it in my head that I should spend the twelve months of...
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...
My new friend Andy seemed to need a little convincing. This was his first time at Swim The Canal, after all. He was visiting his parents in Richmond County, with his wife and eight-year-old son from the Dusseldorf-Cologne area of...
It’s minus-12 outside, with a wind chill factor of minus-20. I’m pulling into the parking lot just outside Immaculata Hall, located in the building that also houses StFX’s long-running Mount Saint Bernard College, known on the Antigonish campus as “The...

Adam’s Augusts

As much as I’m happy to see September arrive, part of me hates to leave August behind. That’s likely because the month of August is responsible for some of the most life-changing, transformative, growth-building and heart-filling moments I’ve ever had....
“That’s mighty white of you.” I had never heard the phrase before I started my first full-time media job, but my newsroom colleague at the time was fond of saying it on a regular basis to news contacts that had...
“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...


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