Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 4:15PM

Death of the Family Farm

     It's no secret that family farms are dying, and have been for decades.
     More than 30 years ago, I wrote about increasing offshore ownership of farmland, and how attractive $3,500 an acre for tiled land seemed to -- especially -- European investors.
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JUNE 18, 2012 9:45AM

A Neglected War

“Our lives are in the hands of the Great Spirit.
We are determined to defend our lands, and if it is His will,
we wish to leave our bones upon them.”
(Tecumseh at Fort Malden, 1813)

     For most Americans, about the only memorable thing to/… Read full post »

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JUNE 3, 2012 10:24AM

Life in Newspaper Hell

     You had to have been part of it to know what it was really like. This story is true. George was real, the equipment was real, the circumstances were real. Don't get me wrong, I loved it all passionately -- but we were the lowest form of life at theRead full post »

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MAY 7, 2012 7:59AM

The Associated Press Says, 'Sorry'

     Not many people know about Ed Kennedy today, but on May 7, 1945, his name was on a dispatch from France announcing Germany's unconditional surrender.

     It was the biggest scoop of the Second World War, and it got Kennedy turfed out of Europe and fired… Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2012 10:06AM

Canada's Day




"It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade. I thought then ... that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation."

-- Brig.-Gen. Alexander Ross, commanding officer,
the 28th (North-West) Battalion at Vimy

    It's not… Read full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2012 5:25PM

No Walk in the Park




     The cold has seeped into my felt-lined boots, winkled its way around my ears and down my neck. My fingers are stupid with it, and I'm shivering. Mostly it's the temperature and wind chill.
     I'm wearing a scarf, watchcap and army… Read full post »

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JANUARY 19, 2011 3:22PM

Hazards of the Game: Shooting Football

     It's a late fall evening on the depressing field where two semi-pro teams are squaring off. I've had to sign a waiver both to be on the sidelines and in the dangerously decrepit press box on the roof of the rickety stadium. Smoke from a foundry across the road belchesRead full post »

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DECEMBER 20, 2010 10:12AM

Christmas In The Darkroom


     My God, but we were a disreputable bunch of gibbering, ink-stained hacks. Well hell, we were expected to be, and we worked very hard at it.

      That tradition is long gone, of course, along with a lot of other newspaper eccentri… Read full post »

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AUGUST 13, 2010 1:06PM

Rescuing The Freak Press

Come with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as the Lone Derangers ride again....

Rescuing the Freak Press pic


It was March 1972, and the university's student-run weekly newspaper had just printed its annual parody edition of the local daily.

Called "The Freak Press", the satire was declared so obscene, s… Read full post »

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MARCH 29, 2010 9:24AM

What Price Glory?

     I recently read in The Telegraph, one of the UK's respectable, if rightwing, newspapers, that the first ever Victoria Cross -- Britain's highest award for bravery -- was going up for auction and was expected to fetch about $185,000 Cdn.

     How do you put
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MAY 13, 2009 11:10AM

In Memoriam: 338171 A/C Ross.

    “All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams with open eyes, to make itRead full post »

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APRIL 8, 2009 10:05AM

Canada's Day

  Vimy monument


    It's not much to look at on an army ordnance map -- a sort of whaleback feature in Nord-Pas-de-Calais that's less than five miles long, nowhere even 500 feet above sea level and overlooking a broad plain of small villages, roads, trees and fields.
  &… Read full post »