Hawks and eagles

KNOCK KNOCK. “Sir would you mind if I take a picture of a bird in your tree?,”   I asked.  “Sure,” the homeowner replied. “What is it? A cardinal? A blue jay? A woodpecker?”   “No, it is a bald eagle!,” I told him.   “WHAT! Are you joking?!” On a cold, wintery day Walter and I headed […]

Turtles, turtles, yah, yah, yah!

If we apply the Six Degrees of Separation rule to this tale, Evelynn has the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to thank for saving her life. Those Heroes in a Half Shell took North America by storm! Ask any kid of the 80s and they’ll tell you it was totally tubular, dude! Every Halloween, we were […]

A year in the life of Mary-Margaret, City Councillor

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since my first day as city councillor of Ward 32! I’m forever grateful to you for your relentless pavement-pounding, for banging up signs and delivering brochures, for hosting coffee parties, for spreading the word to your friends and neighbours, and for generously donating to the ‘McMahon Can’ […]

The Main Menu: Christmas with panache

It’s that time of year again: the Christmas season, when parties predominate and the appetizer reigns supreme. Every self-respecting host is on the lookout for a fresh food idea – something tempting, just a little different and with any luck, pretty too. Fortunately for us, Foodland Ontario has developed some tantalizing ideas featuring our own […]

Should we honour the humble Boardwalk?

I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words on behalf of that beloved symbol of this area, the Boardwalk which has sturdily made its way along the east end of the waterfront ever since it was built in 1932. It is a warm and wonderful symbol of this blessed part of […]

Bottoms Up: Dr. WineKnow’s wine tidbits

Grappa King Still Going Strong Sandro Bottega is well known among lovers of wine and spirits. His Proseccos are very popular here in Ontario and his Grappas – especially noted for the beautifully designed, artistic, hand-blown bottles they come in – are renowned worldwide as among the best. I spent a week with Sandro in […]

Christmas is more than trappings

Are you ready? This is the time of year when we start asking others, or may ourselves be asked: “Are you ready?” And of course, we all know what it is that most of us are getting ready for at this time of year, don’t we. People do all kinds of things, take part in […]

Do ‘Boobies’ have a place in schools?

Imagine, for a moment, a student walking down the school hallway with a T-shirt on that says, “Teachers are blankety blanks!” He or she would be sent down to the office and probably home faster than you can say “repugnant.” And that is as it should be. Principals have the power to control what messages […]

Expectations for our dogs have to be realistic

A number of years ago I read an article written by a well-known local dog trainer. At the time the article really caught my attention, and I still think of it often. Basically the point of the article was to highlight some differences in behavior that the author had noted in dogs on a trip […]

Not all retirements are the same

In preparing for retirement, each individual’s circumstances will impact when they can retire and how much income they will have during retirement. Let’s look at two individuals earning the same income and working for 30 years. Both are age 60. They each have five years to prepare for retirement. Marta: Marta is age 60 and […]