ron's blog

Courage has no gender



I was an English Lit undergrad at McGill 24 years ago, on December 6, 1989, still living at my parents' home and busily working on an essay in the basement when news broke of what would come to be known as the Montreal Massacre.

My mama always told me not to read the comments


I learned a long time ago that, to enjoy the benefits of good journalism online, it is best to ignore 90 per cent of the comments posted under a story.

There are better reasons for paranoia

If you want to be a reporter, a copy editing teacher once told me decades ago, you have to have your mind in the gutter.

What he meant was copy editing requires an acute sense of the perverse, in order to avoid the kind of double-entendre mistake that happened some time ago when one editor headlined one of my stories: “NDP candidate makes history by coming second.”

Disclosure, disclaimer, discovery... once a year


Civic politics has its share of rituals, and one of them happens every year when the province releases Brockville's municipal performance measurements.

Elections and new electronics don't mix


I suffer from tablet envy every time I walk into the city council chamber.

On replacing a position, not a person


There are possible implications and undercurrents to this story of Brockville Police Chief John Gardiner's looming retirement, things I cannot discover without NSA tactics not accessible to me.

Crime stats and closed-door conflicts



In my last post, I referred to the surprisingly low 2014 police budget increase as a head-scratcher, and to be sure, it remains quite surprising.

Anemic assessment growth a part of our problem



Each year at the start of budget time, city councillors and officials scratch their heads at the enormous challenges driving up the levy.


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