Dear Ralph: I thought it was a good idea to reach out to you, since you’ve been the source of so much bitterness and resentment over the past couple of weeks from many of my fellow...
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Santa was sighing As true Christmas spirit appeared to be dying At this time of year, kindness should have been stronger Instead, Saint Nick’s “Bad List” grew longer and longer With 12 months of naughtiness weighing him...
By now, even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ve heard the tragic story of the Humboldt Broncos. You’re probably aware of the April 6 accident in northern Saskatchewan that took 16 lives and injured another 13 passengers, many of...
As we grapple with the regional divisions and partisan reactions that have come out of last month’s election campaign, I’m reminded of a simpler time. It was a time before smartphones, social media, texting, DVDs, PVRs, reality...
This time of year is usually about arrivals, not departures. Little ones eagerly wait for Santa Claus to slide down the chimney or show up at the mall. Christians celebrate the arrival of God’s son in their world, while also...

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...

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...
For those of us that enjoy comic art, especially political satire, this summer has gotten off to a lousy start. In late June, we learned that Brunswick News Incorporated dropped veteran political cartoonist Michael de Adder...
I’ve followed the NHL for nearly three decades, but it’s pretty safe to say that I have never seen anything like the P.K. Subban phenomenon, on and off the ice. And that’s a statement that I could have made before,...
“Gee, Ariel, you look so sad.” “I’m sorry, Flounder. I just don’t understand why nobody likes me anymore.” “That’s not true. I like you, Ariel. And Sebastian over here is crazy about you....


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