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Internet benefits bullies

When I was in elementary school one of the kids regarded as “tough” threatened to beat me up. I was frightened, mainly because I hadn’t done anything to him, possibly never even spoken to or about him.

Too many options -- and gaps -- in education

By Maurice Switzer You know those double-edged news flashes , like when you find out that you’ve won the lottery but your divorced husband has the ticket, or the car dealer agrees to give you $2,000 more on your trade-in but jacks up the price of the

Strong nations are like good families

Strong nations are like good families. They owe their existence to ancestors who had strong personal beliefs and values, and who made a practice of passing those traditions on to their children and their children’s children.

Missing Auntie Merle

Among the people I wish were still here is Merle Assance-Beedie, a wonderful woman from Beausoleil First Nation who was convinced that only kindness is capable of making the world a better place.

Dudley and JFK

This article appeared Sept. 6, 2012 in J-Source, the online publication of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Everyone will hear this tree fall

If a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it? That’s an age-old riddle that assumes that the creatures of the forest don’t really count, just we two-leggeds.

We are all Related

May 25, 2012 Earl Graham President North Bay Golden Age Club 349 Wigston Drive North Bay, ON P1A 1X2 Dear Mr.

World needs more Walters

It’s always a treat to meet someone who is really proud to be an Indian – make that “Indigenous person” if you’re politically correct.

Our worldview will prevail when milk costs $3 a litre

The students were looking for “an older person” to interview as a class project and so they asked me. Thanks very much. Anyway, they wanted to know what I thought about “the Aboriginal Worldview”.

For Ontario Provincial Police it's a dog's world!

Even someone who hadn’t made his acquaintance had to be impressed by the high opinion in which he was held by his employers.