Category Archive: Unpublished Newspaper Articles

Public vs Private Sector

3 April 2011   To raise public sector salaries when private sector wages stagnate or drop is a touchy subject, but I wished to throw in my two cents (no pun intended). Although I am a public sector worker, and have my opinion, there are good arguments on both sides.  Yes, we generally have very …

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Enough greenwashing

February 2011 Re:  Enough green-washing (Totonto Sun, February 4, 2011), Charles Adler hits the nail on the head.  Three or four times a week, I go to my favourite coffee shop for a cup of coffee.  I always order it in a ceramic mug, rather than a disposable cup.  However, I frequently chuckle to myself, …

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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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Border agents criticized for entering shelter

March 2010 It boggles my mind how CBSA agents can suddenly become the bad guys just because they are enforcing Canada’s immigration laws (Border agents criticized for entering shelter, March 8, 2010). I think it is pretty galling that Toronto Rape Crisis Centre spokesman Deborah Singh can say that CBSA agents are harassing women. If …

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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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Would you be terrified if your child joined the military?

April 2007 I would be proud if my daughter wanted to join the military. Maybe I’m a little biased given that I am a former 13-year former Naval Reservist. My father has also served in the Militia for the past 50 years, my mother served in the RCAF Auxiliary, two of my great uncles served …

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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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