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COLUMN SIX: Hey kids, turn off and tune in

Encouraging life’s meaningful conversations BY DON RICKERS Special to the VOICE Having spent most of my career in schools, it should not be a surprise that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my all-time…


COLUMN SIX: Days without end

  Editor’s note: After meeting Sam Piccolo the first time, over coffee at Keith’s in early 2017, I went home and told my wife, “I just met myself, thirty five years ago.” The more I…


COMMENTARY: An obligation and a duty to communicate

  Editor’s note: Mayor Dave Augustyn brought forward a motion at last Thursday’s Regional Council meeting to curtail the use of tax dollars for promotion of regional business by individual councillors. The Voice reached out…


COLUMN SIX: Bookended

Maybe the past is a dreamer best left sleeping BY COLIN BREZICKI Special to the VOICE Time and memory go in opposite directions, it’s said, and that can make things awkward. With time it’s simple…


COLUMN SIX: Fly the holy skies

Considering what could have been BY DON RICKERS Special to the VOICE I missed my calling. For 35 years I worked in education…as a teacher, university recruitment officer, boarding school administrator and housemaster, and headmaster…


COLUMN SIX: City mouse to country mouse

A converted city-slicker’s ode to the rural life BY JANE BEDARD Special to the VOICE Three and half years ago, we transplanted from the thick, chunky stew of Toronto to the thin, translucent broth of…


COLUMN SIX: My A.I. gal pals

The voices of the future are female BY JANE BEDARD Special to the VOICE “Congratulations! You finished the first section,” she said. “Thank-you,” I replied. “That wasn’t so hard, was it?” “No, it actually wasn’t…


Stroke of luck

Surviving a cardiovascular episode BY DON RICKERS Special to the VOICE It was a bright January afternoon, a Saturday, over a year ago. I was standing at the kitchen sink, drying dishes and cutlery from…


COLUMN SIX: A need for speed(ish)

BY JENNY KUMILI Special to the VOICE We’ve all dreamed of doing it and on that afternoon I was given the chance. The gate was open. I almost couldn’t believe it. Since getting my driver’s…