Opinions with an Accent

The right to make your child ignorant.

A Greek Orthodox man in Hamilton is suing the Hamilton School Board because they refuse to notify him when his children’s teachers are about to teach family, marriage or human sexuality in class. He says that he wants to be able to teach his children what his religion believes and …

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The challenge of returning to school

Tomorrow students will return to school in their millions. Teachers will groan as they try to memorize names and faces, parents will sigh in relief and the students themselves will most probably be asked to write down what they did this summer. Some will write about visiting Florida and meeting …

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Creationism and evolution

Creationism. The belief in intelligent design rather than evolution. That a supreme being created the world and everything within it. That the humans were created by a supreme being within the last 10,000 years. Not all those who believe in God are Creationists. Bill Nye, universally known as the science …

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Should you be punished at work for a hobby at home?

How would you like it if you went to work one day and found that you had been suspended or punished because of a hobby that has no connection with your employment? A married 36 year old Police officer is currently serving a ten day suspension for his hobby. His …

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Reasons to be cheerful – Part 3

Ian Drury, a UK singer contract Polio as a child and often had to use crutches on stage. A unique but brilliant individual, he wrote and performed for 30 years before his death in 2000, and while his most famous song was, Hit me with your rhythm stick, he is …

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Not proud of Pride Fest?

The upcoming Port Stanley Pride Fest appears to be on the rocks after last minute demands from Central Elgin. The motivation behind these last minute changes have been questioned in certain areas with regards to the nature of the event. Municipality lawyer Stephen Gibson claims that the requirements would be …

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Convenience Stores to stock alcohol?

In Ontario, if you wish to drink alcohol in your home, you must first purchase it from either the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) or the Beer Store. This may be about to change as the Ontario Convenience Stores Association has just presented a petition with over 100,00 signatures …

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Have we lost the fear of guns?

In the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Colorado it may be taken as a strange question. What we fear someone with a gun willing to do terrible things to unsuspecting innocents. As the tired phrase says, “Guns don’t kill people, people do”, and while the words do tend to …

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ODSP means Tough Luck St. Thomas?

$142,000. You can buy a house for that, several vehicles, or one expensive one. It would feed several families for several weeks. It is also enough to make a much needed service move to London, leaving those who rely on it stranded in no mans land. Spend much needed money …

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Arresting you for using Facebook

Have you ever said something you regretted? Called someone a name, cursed someone out, questioned their loyalty? We all do it, we say something in the heat of the moment and then, once we calm down, wish we hadn’t said it. For the most part, a hug, a handshake, or …

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The summer of horny women

The long hot days of summer are upon us and apparently, it isn’t just the weather that is hot at the moment. Women all over the country appear to be in a fever over some risqué, female orientated entertainment. A series of books as well as a movie featuring skimpy …

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Spitting in the face of heroes.

27yr old Michael Thacker was killed while doing his job. His friends and colleagues that would be pallbearers spent several hours rehearsing and when they had a break, they did what was natural, they looked for some refreshments at a local bar. They weren’t looking for alcohol, and yet they …

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Should we shame drunk drivers?

Drunk driving accounts for almost 25% of all fatalities on Ontario’s roads. If you have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in excess of 0.08 and you drive, you are committing the crime of impaired driving. Your BAC can be affected by how quickly you drink, your gender, your body weight …

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Where exactly do charity donations go?

Before I go on, I want to stress that I am suggesting in the slightest that any charity here in St. Thomas is like this and it isn’t aimed at any particular charity. Hopefully that should stop some of the hate mail anyway! SPCA International is a non profit organization …

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Why I do what I do?

If you have a job, there is a reason why you do it. For most of us, the reason is money. Some are lucky enough to love their job and that is the main reason why they do it. There are probably a few who just need something to do …

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When the fat hits the fan

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposed a ban on the selling of soda in sizes over 16 ounces, or 473 ml. A can of soda is 330 ml to give you a picture of the size limit. If you visit the cinema to see the latest block buster good …

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Why you really should try swapping with other couples!

You know that once you have been in a relationship for a while, things become stale, expected, boring. While you can always introduce some spice, there is the same risk of it becoming the norm, and therefore, boring. A great way to put a spark back into the relationship, not …

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