Land use planning for (no) development

Opinion  Editor’s Note: Barry’s Bay lawyer Robert Howe provides this analysis of the implications stemming from the County’s new Official Plan.   Renfrew County mayors were united in their anger at the County Council meeting on May 27. The reason was the contents of Ontario’s amendment to the County’s Official …

Trudeau hits viral jackpot again with pregnant pause

Opinion Yesterday the international media had a field day with yet another Trudeau/Trump video “moment” that has gone viral. This follows two notorious instances of our Prime Minister filmed acting in ways that were interpreted as ridiculing the American president. The first was in August 2019 when he was filmed …

Our pandemic priority – First, do no harm

Primum non nocere is Latin for “first, do no harm” Another equivalent phrase is found in Epidemics, Book I, of the Hippocratic school: “Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient.” The exact phrase is believed to have originated with the 19th-century …

Pandemic pondering

Ontario’s COVID-19 model projections were sobering. The most surprising thing to me wasn’t that Ontarians have already managed to avert a staggering number of needless deaths through physical distancing and conscientious hand washing, nor that we must continue these measures to ensure that we and others don’t become ill and …

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Editorial This weekend’s weather is as mixed as the feelings many of us experience on a holiday weekend like none we have ever seen before. Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or just like to enjoy an extra day off work, everything is different these days. The usual trips and family …

CBS Democratic debate an unadulterated shitshow

Opinion After a somewhat promising debate in Nevada, the Democratic Party virtually imploded last night as candidates desperately tried to light a spark under their campaigns, mostly by relentlessly attacking each other while interrupting one incoherent sentence with yet another incoherent sentence. With most of the candidates focusing their ire …

Are we now living next door to a banana republic?

Opinion In an article in the New Yorker of March 14th 2019 titled “Is America becoming Trump’s banana republic,” George Conway, the outspoken Trump critic married to White House counsellor Kelly Anne Conway, said, “If it were not for the inherent checks and balances of the US constitution, we would …