Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magic

Elwy Yost turned generations of young people into film buffs through his groundbreaking television programs

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magicIt’s amazing how a simple word, gesture or sound can instantly bring back a flood of memories. That’s what happened to me recently. I saw a Facebook post in January by writer/blogger Kathy Shaidle containing a short YouTube clip and four little (albeit profound) words, “I still miss Elwy.” For anyone who grew up (particularly…

Time for a herd head-count. ‘Is that you Bessie?’

Cattle will wander but they can also be lured back – as long as you know what you're actually dealing with

Time for a herd head-count. ‘Is that you Bessie?’Last week, we had an example of hyper-local news headlines: Missing cow. It came to all regional news outlets from the Ontario Provincial Police Portal. My first thought was: that cow probably isn’t even missing and she’s getting all of this attention. She’s probably just snuggling up to her sister in this damp weather and…

To hunt or not to hunt, that is the question

A true hunter gives the animal a fighting chance. It’s as though the universe has to offer the animal up to the hunter or it just isn’t fair

To hunt or not to hunt, that is the questionYou don’t venture into our neck of the woods without an orange vest at this time of year. The regular deer hunting season is wrapping up but muzzle-loader week is about to start. We aren’t exactly hunter’s paradise like the Muskoka region, for example. But we do have our fair share of hereditary hunters. They’ve…

Heroes come in all steps and sizes

Adi Astl took matters into his own hands and built steps down an unsafe pathway in a Toronto Park which the city had been unwilling to build for 10 years

Heroes come in all steps and sizesThe folly of government spending can be broken down into eight little steps. It’s an important lesson many Canadians have finally learned or one that’s been permanently reinforced, thanks to Adi Astl’s actions. The 73-year-old retired mechanic was an unknown figure in the sea of humanity. He seemingly lived a normal life and never sought…