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Can we save open-air skating?


 Rotary Pad opening (photo by Darcy Cheek)

It was easy to see, while covering Monday's opening of the Rotary pad rink, why some folks might resist the idea of covering the rink with a roof.

It's not the Apocalypse, but it's not Utopia

Half a year ago, in a story I wrote about Statistics Canada’s labour force survey, I led with the following: “The good news is: the bad news is probably not so bad.”

From 'pig' to possibility


I guess it was all in the combination.

Or make that recombination.

Slow dawn for 'Age of Aquatarium'



“When the moon is in the Seventh House/And Jupiter aligns with Mars/ Then the tanks will fill with otters/And the lots will fill with cars.

“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquatarium... “

Will fire department reform take a decade?


A year-end interview with the mayor is always a hydra-headed thing. Plenty goes on in a year, and one can never capture it all.

The Curse of Henry Street







Bob Greenwood, my barber, has been over the years a better pipeline to the word on the street than many.

The job of councillor is more than a hobby



One Facebook commenter on my previous blog entry brings up a point that merits an addendum here.

A bluff is called and tempers flare




A pay cut, it seems, is a bridge too far for most city councillors.

So what's the rush?

Listen, I am as happy as anyone working in the Victoria Building that Brockville council has figured out, in more recent years, how to get the budget done before May of the given budget year.

Some of you may not even remember those years when I would cover long budget meetings, gavel-to-gavel, while the flowers were blooming and the birds were singing outside.


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