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I Was Just Wondering: Do movies make you sleepy?

I Was Just Wondering: Do movies make you sleepy?

Finn the Griffon says his mom can’t stay awake during movies anymore, and he wants to know if that’s your experience
Opinion: Why do I attend the United Nations climate sessions?

Opinion: Why do I attend the United Nations climate sessions?

Having attended the COP28 climate conference in Dubai, one of many similar events she’s attended as part of Citizens’ Climate International, Cathy Orlando explains what the conferences are all about, why their important and why she attends
I Was Just Wondering: Got New Year’s plans?

I Was Just Wondering: Got New Year’s plans?

Finn the Griffon is happy to celebrate the dawn of the new year at home, but he wonders what other folks have planned
Reflections: A 60th wedding anniversary for Christmas

Reflections: A 60th wedding anniversary for Christmas

On Dec. 28, former Northern Life columnist Erna de Burger-Fex and her husband, Alex, celebrate six decades of marriage. In this guest column, she shares the story of their wedding day and the life they built together
I Was Just Wondering: To list or not to list?

I Was Just Wondering: To list or not to list?

Finn the Griffon sees humans — well, one human in particular — making shopping lists, often forgetting them at home and usually coming back with more than was on the list. He wants to know: What’s the deal with that?
Let Me Be Perfectly Queer: Surviving the holidays while trans

Let Me Be Perfectly Queer: Surviving the holidays while trans

Dr. Laur O’Gorman is answering letters from readers this week, all about how to navigate the holidays and the obligatory family gatherings as a trans person
Bruce Bell: Memories of Christmas in downtown Sudbury

Bruce Bell: Memories of Christmas in downtown Sudbury

Originally published in 2020, Bruce Bell shares his memories of downtown Sudbury during the Christmas season in the late 1960s and early 1970s
I Was Just Wondering: Have you ever felt small?

I Was Just Wondering: Have you ever felt small?

Finn the Griffon met a Christmas bear and realized he wasn’t as large as he thought he was
Opinion: Sudburian’s dispatch from COP 28 climate conference

Opinion: Sudburian’s dispatch from COP 28 climate conference

Cathy Orlando is from Sudbury and the director of programs for Citizens’ Climate International; she’s just returned from Dubai, UAE where the latest UN conference on the climate was held until Dec. 12
In Class: EQAO needs to serve more than the real estate industry

In Class: EQAO needs to serve more than the real estate industry

Retired director of education, Norm Blaseg, digs into the standardized testing Ontario students undergo to discuss where it works, where it fails and how to make it actually useful