Category Archive: Editorials

Where does it stop?

June 2021 Re: “‘Dark shadow’: Ryerson Public School in Burlington to be re-named,” (Kathy Yanchus, 17 June): For the past several years, many have been calling for the Stalinesque erasure of people from Canada’s past. Our first prime minister and father of confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald, has been a favourite target for his support …

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In-person graduation or virtual? Your choice

June 2021 With Premier Doug Ford’s sudden announcement that he would like to see in-person graduation ceremonies for students at the end of June, just three short weeks away, the usual crowd are losing their collective minds over how this could possibly be done, safely, in such a short period.  I’d like to offer a …

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Barrie Memorial grows for victims of Kamloops residential school

June 2021 A memorial has sprung up at the iconic Spirit Catcher in Barrie, Ontario, one of many across Canada, meant to honour the 215 Indigenous children who were recently found buried in an unmarked mass grave at the former Indian Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. Some of them were as young as three …

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How did “flatten the curve” become “flatten the economy?”

May 2021 When that great, noted philosopher, Justin Trudeau, made his infamous proclamation that we need to “…rethink concepts as basic as space and time,” in 2018, who knew how prophetic it would prove to be just three short years later. As we enter day 428 (as of 15 May) of the “two weeks to …

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Is that university education really free?

May 2021 While Barrie Advance writer Christopher Mansour’s idea of giving Canadians a free university may sound appealing to young students just beginning their post-secondary education, just remember there is nothing free in life. The university still gets paid their money.  If the money isn’t coming from the students themselves, then it’s from the taxpayers …

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Barrie Freedom Rally shows people are fed-up

April 2021 On Saturday, 24 April, around 300 protesters gathered at Meridian Square in downtown Barrie, Ontario, to protest the lock-down measures imposed by all levels of government, in an ineffective attempt fight the pandemic. The two-hour-plus rally was the seventh Saturday rally held in downtown Barrie this year, protesting the provincially mandated lock-down orders, …

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Just say that you’re filming a volleyball movie

April 2021 Re: Volleyball not allowed during lockdown, but you can shoot a film, (Toronto Sun, Joe Warmington, 26 April): The next time the volleyball players want to play a game, they should follow the example of Evolution Salon & Spa in St. Catharines. Just being a camera with them and tell the bylaw officers that …

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Paid sick leave a hot political topic

April 2021 Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced his government will implement a plan to give paid sick-leave to Ontario workers. This week, his government voted against yet another opposition motion to implement their idea of a paid sick-leave plan, causing the usual crown of Ford-haters to bleat on about what a big blue …

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Are electric vehicles really the future of the automotive industry?

April 2021 In order to run a successful business, there are several things an entrepreneur must learn. One of the most basic things, one that you don’t need a Business Degree in to understand, is that in order for a company to survive and prosper, it has to sell a product or service that people …

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Are speed limit reductions the only option for curbing speeding in cities?

April 2021 Re: “Should speed limits be lowered across Barrie? Councillor pushes for 10 km/h reduction,” Chris Simon, Barrie Advance, 30 March 2021): While this is certainly not the only reason for speeding, one issue that constantly frustrates me as I travel across the city is the lack of synchronization of the traffic lights along …

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