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Understanding the basics of freedom of speech

We had a rough week dealing with comments on our Facebook page last week. Our custom has been to allow everyone to comment on each and every post that we make. Posts are more often than not links to stories that our staff has been paid to write. But when comments about the candidates seeking

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It is our democracy

In a democracy, the government is chosen by the citizens. On Monday, September 20, every Canadian citizen aged 18 or greater has the right to be part of choosing our government. Many people have said this federal election was unnecessary due to its political timing and the pandemic. However, democracy and politics are not the

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When citizens ask for help, it doesn’t always work out

What is not to love about citizens stepping up to the big issues and asking for the support of their local and regional governments? We are wondering if the two spokespersons for the Coalition for Climate Action were taken aback when they were asked by one councillor: Where were you during Colacem? The councillor was

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What if there is no such thing as affordable housing?

The housing crunch has been happening here in Prescott-Russell for a few decades now. While we dismissed the need for affordable housing, thinking that it was for the unemployable and those who had dropped out of the labour mainstream, that notion has changed. Even two-income households cannot find affordable housing. As the price of homes

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Why do we look down upon the notion of work?

In many ways, the work world is upside down right now. But of most concern is that there is a shortage of workers. Restaurants need staff. Contractors are struggling to find workers to deal with the overload of work they have, teachers are leaving their profession and there is a shortage of frontline workers to

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The joy of a close-knit community

On August 10, neighbours, friends, and family of para-cyclist Joey Desjardins gathered at the usually inconspicuous intersection of Bangs Road and Greenlane Road in Champlain Township to give a patriotic send-off to the athlete who is representing Canada at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The fact that a local resident is competing internationally is impressive

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Vaccination passports are an invasion of your privacy? Think again.

Freedom. A whiff of freedom is in the air, as those who have been double-vaccinated experience a feeling of cautious relief for perhaps the first time in almost 18 months. News of other parts of the world moving to their own freedom–meaning a lifting of all COVID restrictions–is making us feel more hopeful. But there

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These organizations no longer exist. Did you even notice?

We talk about oversight. And in an interesting turn of phrase in the English language, this word can refer to supervision, as well as something being missing, or even a mistake. Sometimes, organizations exist because they have a clear purpose and when that purpose is fulfilled, they close up shop. But a few organizations dwindle

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Looking for something good as we think about identity

It is no wonder that we have a bit of an identity crisis in our region. With our dual-language status, our population which is currently somewhat older than other parts of Ontario, combined with our rural-urban landscape, let’s just say we have a lot going on. Thus far, we have managed to retain our rural

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Reflective and responsive regional representation

The weighted vote system used by the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) council where mayors receive a number of votes based on their municipality’s population has been criticized as unfair. It puts more power in the hands of mayors of municipalities with larger populations, while the mayors of smaller municipalities may be out

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