Category Archive: Unpublished Newspaper Articles

Genuine heroes

March 2010   The word hero is thrown around a lot, mostly undeservedly.  Two people who are indeed GENUINE heroes are Wasaga Beach Firefighters Jason Bavelaar and Reno Levesque.  Bevelaar and Levesque, although off-duty and without their safety equipment, recently entered a burning and smoke-filled Wasaga Beach home and rescued a male occupant, overcome by …

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An open letter to Sir Paul McCartney

August 2005 It was great seeing you perform at the Live 8 concert, playing The Beatles classics that we all enjoy. However, I would like to point out something I’m sure that a lot of people were thinking: wouldn’t it be nice if Ringo came on stage and performed with you. Now a lot of …

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The Dangerous Book For Boys

May 2007 I like the idea of this book. Kids today live too much in a bubble-wrapped world. I have fond memories about playing at the train tracks (still razz my parents about the safety nightmare of that), riding our bikes down really steep hills and sometimes hitting the fence that was right at the …

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Scapegoat or murderer?

January 2008 Regarding, Joe Warmington’s column, Canadian Soldier Kills Taliban (Jan. 3, 2009), I would like to add that although we don’t know exactly what happened, this could be a case of history repeating itself. Anyone not familiar with the story of Lt. Harry "Breaker" Morant, a veteran of the South Africa (Boer) War, should …

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No More Strikes

(full version of an article that appeared in the Toronto Sun, 4 February 2009) February 2009 I do appreciate that employees have the right to be treated fairly when in contract negotiations. Now that we finally have a resolution to the York University strike, we are now faced with the possibility of the elementary teachers …

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Government vs private sector jobs

OCTOBER 2009 I have been a government worker for the past 22 years, but have also spent some time working in the private sector, so I do have an opinion on both. I’m not trying to convert anyone to the side of government workers. Anyone who, shall we say, has a dislike of public service …

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Flashing green light, pull to the right

October 2009 I’ve noticed several signs posted around the county about this topic, so maybe this subject bears repeating here:  when you see flashing green lights on a car in your rear-view mirror, pull to the right.  This is a volunteer firefighter on their way to a fire call.  Small towns and rural communities are …

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Site 41 dump temporarily stopped

August 2009 For good or bad, right or wrong, Simcoe County council voted to put a one year moratorium of the construction of the Simcoe North Landfill, AKA, Site 41.  Now Simcoe County Warden Tony Guergis is suggesting that Site 41 be abandoned as there will never be support for situating a landfill on the …

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Freeze Out the Rich Bureaucrats

February 2009   Re: Christina Blizzard’s "Freeze out rich bureaucrats" (Feb 1), one of the things that really stuck out for me was the paragraph…."government compares public sector salaries with the private sector to arrive at a reasonable level of compensation". As a (low level) public servant for the past 22 years, I think this …

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Even In a Recession There are Still Opportunities

February 2009   With Canada and much of the world in an economic recession, things can seem pretty bleak. For those who still have a job, the prospect of future job loss or pay-cuts are a constant fear. Although those working in the manufacturing sector, especially automotive are being hit the hardest, even white collar …

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