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Webster defines warlord: a local ruler or bandit leader with some sort of military following in a district where established government is weak. For example, take Afghanistan where our well-trained but poorly equipped troops are serving.

Mad Fish

Hard on the heels of the news of a Mad Cow discovered in the States was my experience last week. Imagine my dismay when I saw the sign at the Sea Food restaurant saying that their product was guaranteed not to have Mad Fish Disease.

The Hospital Railroad

The current survey on Baytoday regarding the New Hospital funding indicates that there is not a good public understanding of the cost sharing. Or how much the project is going to cost the North Bay taxpayer.

Masters of the Minimum Wage

This past month has to have been one of the toughest for people earning the minimum wage.

2004 Predictions

If Mike, Leno and Letterman can do this, why not offer my predictions? So here are my 2004 predictions, from the mundane to the serious, my tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Snowmobilers vs DFO

The struggle between the South Shore Restoule Snowmobile Club and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is a perfect example of Government run amok.

Spirits of Christmas Past

It’s that time of year when Christians celebrate their second most important religious holiday. The merchants have been promoting the Christmas sales for at least two months and will make one final effort on Boxing Day to improve their bottom lines.


Another story about people abandoning unwanted cats and kittens in the country prompted this column about a cat I know. A friend has a small furry house pet ( felis catus ) that she calls Felix.

My Fault Insurance

I was speaking with an acquaintance the other day and she commented how she enjoyed a trip to the Casino. As usual, she came away a winner. In fact, I have never heard her say that she lost money. Sometimes she says she ‘broke even’.

Electricity rate changes

The November 25 announcement by the Minister of Energy was a first step in bringing stability to Ontario’s electricity system. The changes should encourage investment that will assure long-term supply of electricity for Ontario.