Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Can You Be a Little Bit Pregnant ?

During these dark and for a lot of people, depressing times, I thought I’d add some levity to the beginning of this article before I address a more serious matter. As many of my friends know, I used to be a half marathon runner and was pretty successful at it in regards to distance and time. I ran 5-10K on ...

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The Gift of Life – Nova Scotia takes bold steps

Hooray for Nova Scotia who now presumes that adults are willing to donate their organs when they die. Organ donation is in most jurisdictions, an opt-in system. That means that you must state that when you die, you want your organs to be donated. Nova Scotia is now implementing a system that means if you do not want to donate ...

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The ACR’s Future – Sale or Abandonment?

Much angst has been generated over the last decade about the future of the former Algoma Central Railway (ACR), its abandoned Soo-Hearst passenger train and its suspended Agawa Canyon Tour Train.  But have no fear!  The Soo political brigade had good news in the wake of the December 17th announcement by CN that the ACR is up for sale or ...

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Throwing Cash at Public Transportation isn’t the Answer – Strategic Funding is

A Toronto Star headline above a December 23, 2020 column on how to deal with the pandemic-driven crisis in public transportation deserves an award:  “Keep the Christmas cash coming, Ford and Trudeau.”   That statement and the column unintentionally summed up what has been wrong with transportation in Ontario for decades.  It’s the unlimited flow of public cash for projects ...

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Une nouvelle année – Nos dirigeants peuvent faire mieux

Pendant les vacances de Noël, comme la plupart des gens, mon esprit était plein de souvenirs du passé, de l’année dernière et du « bon vieux temps ». J’avoue que j’ai été soulagé d’avoir une chance de m’asseoir et de me vider l’esprit à un certain degré de toutes les épreuves et tribulations que nous traversons tous ces derniers temps. ...

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A new year – Our Leaders Can Do Better

Over the Christmas Holidays, like most people, my mind was full of memories of days gone by, yesteryear and the “good ol’ days.”  I admit that I was relieved to have a chance to sit back and actually clear my mind to some degree of all of the trials and tribulations we all are experiencing in these times.  I thought ...

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Great News ! But the Canadian Gov’t Should Be Ashamed

Whistleblower and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US as Judge Vanessa Baraitser handed down her decision Monday morning at the Old Bailey in London. Her decision was primarily based on Julian’s deteriorating mental health conditions and that although she suggested that he would get a fair trial in the US, his near to total isolation ...

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The Most Important Story of 2021 Could Very Well Be This One

…Especially so if you are in the journalism or media industry. For roughly the past ten years, Australian citizen and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been on the run or held as a prisoner in one way or another. His crime or crimes? Well, there are no crimes, just accusations, and charges by the United States government that they have ...

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Politics. The choo choo’s murderer could be its saviour…

The recent performance by VIA Rail’s Canadian between Vancouver and Winnipeg – but not between Toronto and Winnipeg via Northern Ontario – on its first trip in nine months is the death rattle of Canada’s passenger trains.  It needn’t be.   Working on my book on this long and sad Canadian saga, I frequently look south at Amtrak.  There, a ...

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A VIA Rail death rattle can be heard…

A sure sign Canada’s rail passenger service is near death slunk into Winnipeg on Monday, December 14 – 15 hours late.  For the first time since March 12, VIA Rail’s Canadian arrived from Vancouver.   It was really only a half-Canadian.  It short-turned and went back west the next evening rather than continuing to Toronto.  The Canadian will do this ...

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Passenger rail policies: procrastination over progress

The provincial government unveiled a fancy new proposal titled Connecting the North: A draft transportation plan for Northern Ontario. The MTO has indicated they are exploring options for passenger rail services between Toronto, North Bay, Timmins and Cochrane.   However, the proposal fails to answer one obvious question: When exactly is our train supposed to return?   Last month, the ...

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C’est à nous tous de nous lever et de dire «pas plus»

Considérez ce scénario: BigBlue, un grand constructeur automobile, est frappé par un rappel massif de milliers de modèles de voitures récentes parce que le mécanisme à cliquet dans les ceintures de sécurité est défectueux. Les autorités de sécurité automobile découvrent cela parce qu’il y a eu tellement de personnes tuées parce qu’elles ont été éjectées de leur voiture dans des ...

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It’s up to all of us to stand up and say ‘no more’

Consider, if you will, this scenario: BigBlue, a major automaker, is hit with a massive recall of thousands of recent model cars because the ratchet mechanism in the seatbelts is defective.  Automobile safety authorities discover this because there have been so many people killed because they were ejected from the car in accidents.  An investigation into the cause determines that ...

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