Opinion

Municipal money is in ever shorter supply

By JIM PITT SPECIAL TO THE VOICE The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) had their annual conference in Ottawa last week and Niagara seems to have been well represented. Our Mayor was there and…


COLUMN SIX: The Road Warrior

BY SAMUEL PICCOLO The VOICE The best Halloween costume I ever wore was in eighth grade. This was in the autumn of 2008, just as it was becoming clear that the world’s economic turbulence was…


Checking in on real estate: July numbers

By JIM PITT Special to the VOICE The real estate market in Niagara Region is changing. Listings are up and sales are down. Prices are sliding and rules could be changing. Let’s take a look….



COLUMN SIX: That Summer of Love, brother

BY LARRY COTÉ Special to the VOICE The 1967 Summer of Love was a momentous happening in some major cities in the USA and UK. Large gatherings of young people came together to protest, among…


The Conversation: Ed Smith talks NPCA

The environmental activist discusses conservation and his ongoing legal troubles with the Niagara Pensinsula Conservation Authority BY NATE SMELLE The VOICE Ed Smith was born and raised in St Catharines.  He retired from the Canadian…



COLUMN SIX: The First of July

BY SAMUEL PICCOLO Special to the VOICE It’s the first of July and there is something going on in the streets. There are clumps of people shuffling along the sidewalks all in the same direction,…


CANADA 150: What it means to be Canadian

Commentary by Nate Smelle For the first half of 2017 the buzz about Canada’s 150th birthday steadily grew louder. Now that Canada Day has come to pass that noise has started to fade and the…


A cryptic tryptich

Time passes, eternities await, memories linger BY SAMUEL PICCOLO Special to the VOICE When I was an adolescent and still dreaming of becoming a professional golfer, I would, before sleeping each night, listen to a…