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COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Discussion needed about accessibility

Organizations with accessible employment practices see higher job retention, and attendance, lower turnover, enhanced job performance and better safety records.


Look to us for news, not endorsements

In many ways the whole notion of a news organization telling its readers who they should vote for seems rather paternalistic. Yes, we’ve been studying the candidates and are among the best informed people in the city on the issues, but every voter places a different emphasis on what’s important to them and their community.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Glad to know I’m not the only one

I’m starting off a bit foggy, but we will get into the swing of things soon, I hope.

GROWING GREEN: Beware of garden thugs

Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society column


Newspapers are here to stay, really

As a lover of newspapers, I’m tempted to wax rhapsodic about the joys of holding it in your hand, never quite knowing what delights you’ll find inside to excite, entertain or elucidate. As a journalist, I’m tempted to tell you about all the times I’ve written or edited something that has made a difference in the community. As an advocate for the newspaper industry, I’m tempted to rattle off readership data which says newspapers are still the best read, most trusted source of news.

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Ted McMeekin column: Partnerships key to improving access to affordable housing

Premier Kathleen Wynne has made it clear – as our government implements a balanced and comprehensive plan to build Ontario up, we will lead from the “activist centre.” In a first for Ontario, mandate letters for all cabinet ministers were recently released for public review. Our premier is a trailblazer in so many ways, including [...]


Night time is the right time for editor to work

It’s after 1 a.m. and I can’t sleep. I’ve got no one to blame but myself. Given my low caffeine tolerance, I should have known better than to have a double-double at 9 p.m. But it was a Faustian bargain that I made willingly as the alternative was to risk falling asleep at my desk or having to re-do the night’s efforts in the morning.

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MP David Sweet column: Celebrating Eco-Park tree-planting, fall fairs and more

On the sunny, warm Saturday that blessed the annual Ancaster Fair in late September, there was also another great community gathering taking place in Dundas at the former Ben Veldhuis greenhouses land along the Desjardins Canal.