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Michael Atkins

Viewpoint by Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins is the president and owner of the Laurentian Media Group, a diversified media company, which includes Northern Life,, Sudbury Living Magazine and Northern Ontario Business.

Mark Gentili

On the Level by Mark Gentili

Mark Gentili is the managing editor of Northern Life and Follow him on Twitter @markgentili. He can be reached by email at

Ask The Money Lady

Ask the Money Lady

Written by Christine Ibbotson, author of “How to Retire Debt Free and Wealthy.” Chris is a chartered investment manager, insurance broker, commercial and residential mortgage broker, estate planner and taxation expert, with more than 25 years in Canadian banking. Follow her on Facebook & Instagram. If you have a money question, visit her website,

Darren MacDonald

City Hall by Darren MacDonald

One of Greater Sudbury’s most seasoned reporters, Darren MacDonald covers provincial affairs, politics and city hall for Northern Life and Follow him on Twitter @DarrenMacD. He can be reached by email at

Heidi Ulrichsen

Perspective by Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen is the associate content editor for She also covers education and the arts scene. Follow her on Twitter @heidi_ulrichsen. She can be reached by email at

Chris Blomme

The Birdman by Chris Blomme

Chris Blomme is an executive member of the Sudbury Ornithological Society and works with animals at Laurentian University. Have a question for Chris? Send it to

Mike Commito

History 'n' Hockey by Mike Commito

Mike Commito is a Canadian historian by day and avid hockey fan at all times.  Follow him on twitter @mikecommito.

Viki Mather

In the Bush by Viki Mather

Viki Mather has been commenting for Northern Life on the natural world and life in Greater Sudbury since the spring of 1984. Got a question or idea for Viki? Send an email to

Erna de Burger-Fex

Reflections by Erna de Burger-Fex

Erna de Burger-Fex is a writer and retired teacher who writes about aging and the funny side of getting older. Got a question for Erna? Email

Ashley Hurley

It's Alimentary by Ashley Hurley

Ashley Hurley is a registered dietitian at City of Lakes Family Health Team in Sudbury, ON.  Do you have questions about nutrition and healthy eating?  Visit to email a dietitian for free!

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Jacqueline Villeneuve

Adventures in Hope by Jacqueline Villeneuve

Hanmer native Jacqueline Villeneuve chronicles her efforts at Zawadi la Tumaini Children's Home, a refuge for HIV/AIDS orphans she founded in Kenya. Zawadi la Tumaini translates in English to "gift of hope." Visit the home’s website at

Dr. Peter Zalan

From the Frontlines by Dr. Peter Zalan

Dr. Peter Zalan is Past President of the medical staff at Health Sciences North. His monthly column tackles issues in health care from a local perspective. If you have a question for Dr. Zalan, email it to

Heather Tarnopolsky

Budget Reboot by Heather Tarnopolsky

Heather Tarnopolsky is a Sun Life Financial advisor in Greater Sudbury. She provides practical tips to save you money. If you have a question for her, email it to

Vicki Gilhula

In the Spotlight by Vicki Gilhula

Theatre reviewer Vicki Gilhula is the associate publisher and editor of the Sudbury Living Magazine Group. An arts lover, she is a longtime board member of the Sudbury Arts Council and a founding member of the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts committee.

Judi Straughan

Living the 'F' Word by Judi Straughan

Judi Straughan is the former education co-ordinator at Sudbury Theatre Centre. In her column, she explores the challenge of being retired. If you have a question for her, email it to

Rob Slack

Aisle Seat by Rob Slack

Rob Slack gives you his unique take on the most recent movie releases. Get all the low-down on the latest movies. We can't guarantee the reviews will always be spoiler free, but they will always be entertaining.

Four-Way Test

Four-Way Test by Alex McCauley

Alex McCauley served as police chief from 1994 to 2002. Now he is an active volunteer and member of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers.

Talking Science

Talking Science

The Talking Science column is supplied by a rotating group of writers from the science communication class at Laurentian University. Have a burning science question? Send it to

The Soapbox

The Soapbox

A rotating stable of community members share their thoughts on anything and everything, the only criteria being that it be thought-provoking. Got something on your mind to share with readers in Greater Sudbury? Climb aboard our Soapbox and have your say. Send material or pitches to

Grow Up Here

Grow Up Here

Grow Up Here is a column about agriculture from a local perspective, highlighting local farming efforts and projects, as well as urban farming. The column is written by a rotating stable of writers, all of whom are involved in some way in the local agricultural sector. Questions about Grow Up Here can be emailed to

Right and Wrong

Right and Wrong

The Ethics Center is a University of Sudbury’s service, research, and coordination unit focused on contemporary ethical issues. You can contact the Ethics Centre through its website.



In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial this year,, with the help of our resident historian Dr. Mike Commito, is going back to the archives each month throughout 2017 to highlight some important memories and events in our nation’s history. We hope to provide you with some interesting stories about our past as we collectively celebrate, and analyze, what #Canada150 means.

Guest Columns

Guest Columns welcomes submissions of guest columns from local readers. Submissions will be judged on the quality of the writing, timeliness of the material and coherence of the arguments presented. Submissions must be emailed to with the subject line “Guest column submission.”