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Column: Ron Heale: the wildest accountant I ever knew

My friend died a few weeks ago battling for life the way he lived it: full throttle. I met Ron in the fall of 1973. I was the editor of the Manitoulin Expositor. I didn’t know anyone in Sudbury and needed an accountant. Someone recommended Ron.

Column: NPI: a small miracle for the North

My love affair with Northern Ontario started in a small dingy office in the Port Arthur Post Office next door to Michael Gravelle, our current minister of Northern Development and Mines. It was 1971.
Column: From the riverboat to Brenda Wallace room

Column: From the riverboat to Brenda Wallace room

When I was in my teens in the 1960s, I used to steal away from Don Mills, Canada’s first completely planned and boring community, and go downtown to Yorkville, in Toronto, where something really seemed to be happening.
Column: A trip down memory lane: an island

Column: A trip down memory lane: an island

It’s been a long time since I took a little time out waiting for the old swing bridge at Little Current, Manitoulin Island, to grant me access to this fantastic “largest freshwater lake island in the world.

Column: Occasionally, you have to pay for what you need

It was a modest start, but my fabulous career at the CBC began at the old Parliament Street radio studio in Toronto where each Friday night the Nimmons “N” Nine Jazz Trio played a fantastic live jazz concert.

From Olympic grandeur to fish hut ingenuity

A couple of weeks ago the Laurentian School of Architecture held an auction — for fish huts. I can’t tell you much about it because as of this writing, it hasn’t actually happened.

Finding the focus for a new year

I have been extraordinarily lucky. When I was 22 years old I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. When I was 23 years old, I fell into a journalistic job in Thunder Bay and knew that was it.

Why it is not just about Pamela, Mike and Rob

It’s hard to avoid the question of Rob Ford wherever you live in this country. He brings a larger-than-life “wince” seldom achieved in this highly contested category of public service. He can take you from rage to compassion in an afternoon.

Leadership: It just ain’t that simple

It’s a complicated time to consider the matter of leadership.

Our 40th anniversary: Don’t lose your nerve

It began as many things do. I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into.