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Some of the articles, stories and columns I have written.

This column was published in the Guelph Mercury in February 2005. They were planning a two-sided view of development in Guelph, but couldn’t find someone to speak in favour of uncontrolled growth. They were all too busy doing it to bother defending it. At an all-candidates meeting during the last municipal election campaign, we were asked if we favoured the creation of a green belt around Guelph. Of course, most did. Even those successful candidates who have spent the last year and a half saying yes to every development proposal brought before council. I remember thinking at the time that it doesn’t make much senseRead More →

This column was published by the Guelph Daily Mercury in December 2004. At the time, the Canadian parliament was debating legislation to legalize marriages of same-sex couples. They had already been performed in Ontario and a couple of other provinces. The legislation passed, and the sky didn’t fall. About a year and a half ago, my sister-in-law and her partner came to Ontario from their home in Tennessee to get married. For several years, they have enjoyed a stable, loving relationship which, through the wonders of in-vitro fertilization, has resulted in a daughter and a son. They can now tell the world they are happilyRead More →

From time to time I had opinion pieces published on the “op ed” pages of the Guelph Mercury and the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. The Record pieces were from the days when I was president of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council. That was in the late 80s and early 90s. It wasn’t a digital world back then and most have been lost. This column was published in the Record on Sep 04 1991. The Berlin Wall had been knocked over. Glasnost, Perestroika and Gorbachev were running the Soviet Union. The editors asked me to give my perspective on the fall of international communism. For over a hundred years,Read More →