Trustee’s ordeal is over, case dismissed

“It’s over!,” I yelled!!! I was being sued for conflict of interest because I have a daughter who teaches in the TDSB and it is over. The complaint had been withdrawn and the judge had dismissed the case. It isn’t as satisfying as being found innocent but it will cost less than a fifth of […]

Bottoms Up: 2011 Ontario Wine Awards

Once again this year, it was my great pleasure to judge the Ontario Wine Awards, as I’ve done for most of its existence. Celebrating 16 years of excellence in Ontario wines, it is the brainchild of well-known wine scribe Tony Aspler. Originally coined the Air Ontario Wine Awards because Air Ontario was the main sponsor, […]

The Main Menu: Enjoy salad days of summer

Gone are the days when a wedge of iceberg topped with some cheesy sludge could be called a salad. Now we have creations. Salads can be a vibrant cornucopia of tastes, textures and colour, designed to please the eye as much as the palate. Mixed greens of all sorts, fruit, berries and nuts not to […]

Former Beacher shares life Over the Wire

June is here and a teenage boy’s fancy turns to beaches, cottages and girls. Imagine it’s 1941 and a brutal war rages in Europe. The Malvern principal gives you the option to sign up for active service and graduate early without writing your final exams. Andrew Carswell was turning 18 and chose to enlist. In […]

Family day trip surrounded by butterflies

Outside the sky was grey and, for the fourth day in a row, it was raining.  My daughter Julie and I walked into the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory and I felt like we had entered a tropical paradise.  The air was warm and humid but our eyes didn’t know which way to look first. We […]

Space as a resource – Part 2

In the May 3, 2011 issue I discussed space as a resource. Part 1 explored space deprivation and space management. It also covered 1 and 2 from the following list. With what does Space provide us? Among other things: 1. Space provides us with movement. 2. Space provides us with growth. 3. Space provides us […]

What you can do to reduce cost of dental care

Among the many economic challenges facing Canadians today is the cost of dental care.  For those individuals and families who do not have dental expenses reimbursed by an employee benefits dental insurance plan, major restorative dental treatment can be prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, there are many approaches that can be taken to reduce significantly the cost […]

Learning morality the hard way

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about teenagers.  I need to read a lot about teenagers because I seem to have a total blank about how I was as a teenager with my parents.  Teenagers seem to have morality on a sliding scale.  They can become outraged by injustices they hear in the […]

Bottoms Up: Wine-related gifts for Dad

Dad’s big day is almost here and what better way to show the main wine-loving man in your life how much you care than with a vinous gift of some sort. Lots of options are available to you so don’t fret. Here are some suggestions. Favourite Bottle or Two of Wine: If you know what […]

The Main Menu: Strawberries are in season

Strawberries are here! Earlier than ever this year, because of the warmer winter and early spring, they made their debut about three weeks early. Last evening was my first introduction to their distinctive flavour. Up to that point, I had been nibbling on the imported imitation. You know the kind – gigantic with a slight […]