Alan Pickersgill (Page 25)

I am Alan Pickersgill. I retired from the regularly paid workforce in July 2015. Before then, I worked as a community coordinator for two housing co-ops in Guelph, but not both at the same time. From 1995 to 2014 I wrote a weekly opinion column for the Guelph Tribune. As I rebuild my web site, I will bring links to these columns and other things I have written. I have also worked as a communications director, a workplace health and safety training developer, and a maintenance mechanic millwright. For most of my working life I belonged to a union. In various jobs I’ve been in the United ElectricalRead More →

Guelph Tribune, 08 March 2012 Misogyny is the hatred of women. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about today, International Women’s Day, but it just won’t go away . It would be nice to think we could get through at least one day in relative peace, but we won’t. Today, somewhere in Guelph, more than one man will lash out in anger. More than one wife, daughter, sister or mother will be hurt. Domestic violence is ingrained into our culture. A lot of people were justifiably upset and disturbed during this year’s Grammy Awards. That’s where the American music industry honours its big achievers.Read More →

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 →