Earning the right to be considered a local

Fitting in to a small community requires loyalty, persistence, desire and a sense of the character – and characters – around you

Earning the right to be considered a localWhen you move from the city to a small town on the B.C. coast, you become the beneficiary of many gifts. Some take awhile to acknowledge and some are obvious straight away. To start with, everyone you do business with makes more of an effort than they do in the city, where retail anonymity rules.…

Home is where both the coffee and wifi are ever-ready

Unlike in large cities, you don’t really have a favourite coffee shop in small towns; your locale is based on whom you are going to meet

Home is where both the coffee and wifi are ever-readyWhere I live, the metropolis is a small town of about 20,000 folks. Those of us who live out in the country (locally referred to as ‘highway people’), have to go into town at least once a week to do errands and shop. When we do, we often have meetings in coffee shops. Unlike my…

Subsidizing high-speed telecommunications services isn’t necessary

The CRTC hopes to identify what telecommunications services are necessary for all Canadians, along with how to fund them

Subsidizing high-speed telecommunications services isn’t necessaryThe CRTC is in the midst of a review of basic telecommunications services in Canada, which includes public hearings due to begin in April. As part of the review, the regulator hopes to identify what telecommunications services are necessary for all Canadians and the means to fund universal access to those services deemed necessary. Current…

Loss of Ontario cropland exaggerated

Ontario cropland has increased since the 1950s, while farming efficiency also improved

Loss of Ontario cropland exaggeratedBy Glenn Fox and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute In the song Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell beautifully encapsulated angst about the way we use land: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” This lyric resonates…