Guelph Mercury

I put Friday’s final edition of the Guelph Mercury into the bottom drawer of our filing cabinet. We have quite a collection of significant day editions of newspapers. There’s one from the day Princess Diana died and a couple of Maclean’s magazines about her. A Toronto Star and a Toronto Sun about the Downsview SARS-stock concert in July 2003. We used to have one from the day on which the kids were born, but 3 of them have disappeared. Only the Globe from August 22 1980 is still there. I’m not sure why, but we kept the June 14 1982 Mercury.  In amongst all thoseRead More →

It was demolition by neglect. Torstar slowly pulled resources away from the Mercury over the years until it resembled your aging granny on life support. When the plug was pulled and granny died, it was very sad, but not unexpected. Sometimes you can see the blow coming from miles away but it still hurts when it hits. With the passing of the Guelph Daily Mercury we did not witness the death of independent journalism in Guelph. The Mercury hasn’t been an “independent” newspaper since it was sold to Thompson Newspapers 70 years ago. It was always independent of city hall, but Lord Thompson kept aRead 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 →