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What the Ontario Health Coalition thinks about the Drummond Report

Thought you might be interested in this summary and short analysis of the Drummond Report, by the Ontario Health Coalition: Overall Much of the preamble to the report and the rhetoric surrounding it aim to create a crisis in spending, even in flagrant disregard for the facts, in order to make the case for cuts. […]

Turbines proposed in wetlands – see for yourself

By Ted Cheskey The deadline to comment on Gilead’s proposal to build nine industrial wind turbines on the Ostrander Point Crown Land Block in Prince Edward County, Ontario is coming fast. Just days before the closing date for submissions to the Ontario Government’s Environmental Review Board, it is time to talk facts. Here is just […]

Alvars rock - rich and rare habitats in our backyard

Alvars rock – rich and rare habitats in our backyard

Alvars are open ecosystems on thin soil – or no soil at all – over a limestone base. These fascinating habitats are extremely rare globally. North America’s alvars, at least, what’s left of them, are mostly in Ontario. More than 90% of Great Lakes region alvars have been destroyed or degraded: 250 – 300 of […]

American nurse says Canadian health care far from ‘broken’

The Ontario Health Coalition has shared an excellent letter that appeared in the Windsor Star. It’s from an american nurse sharing his experiences: Save Public Medicare! Information “Recently married to a Canadian citizen, I am an American citizen newly living in Ontario. As a nurse and a nurse practitioner student, I have been fascinated at […]

Ghostly images in old photo albums

Ghostly images in old photo albums

“Finally after a few months I decided to tackle the two mouldering photo albums inherited from a family estate.  Started over a century ago these pages contain  over 80 tintypes and pictures presumably of long departed relatives.” The problem left to the decipher  is that almost all of the images have no identification scratched anywhere […]

Wetlands: More than Meets the Eye

Wetlands: More than Meets the Eye

Wetlands are, as the name suggests, areas which are permanently or seasonally wet. They may be forested swamps, like the swamp along Ben Gill Road. Some wetlands are flooded meadows. Others are simply fields, flooded in the spring. Wetlands are some of the most productive habitats on earth. They’re often full of plants and wildlife; […]

Ma Bell Will No Longer Be Reaching Out And Touching Me

Ma Bell Will No Longer Be Reaching Out And Touching Me

I turned 67 late last year. Does this mean I am now getting old and crotchety? I was sitting in the living room last week, watching television and suddenly realized, I can’t do this anymore. This is all pure crap. The News is depressing. Country Canada long ago morphed into something unrecognizable. It is no […]

Why reptiles and amphibians matter - look past the 'eeew' factor

Why reptiles and amphibians matter – look past the ‘eeew’ factor

Not everyone likes snakes, salamanders, lizards, toads and frogs. But look past the “Eeew’ factor Reptiles and amphibians are extremely good at controlling biting insects – like mosquitoes and black flies – and insects which feed on crops. Reptiles and amphibians are food for fish, birds and mammals; osprey can be seen carrying snakes to […]

Fascination Can Lead To Intrusion

Fascination Can Lead To Intrusion

  It was about six or seven years ago when a small group of outdoor enthusiasts gathered around me early one night as I lured in a barred owl. We could see, first one, then two barred owls approaching, their graceful forms softly etched in the moonlight as they both landed in a tree directly […]

History of hospital needs to be on display

History of hospital needs to be on display

I was recently contacted by Fred and Sherry (Shortt) Newcombe of Northport. They had been cleaning out a barn and discovered a picture and diploma of Sherry’s great aunt Gladys (Everleigh) Hart. The interesting fact about this discovery was that the diploma (in pristine condition) indicated that Gladys had graduated from the first class (three […]

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