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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 soapbox@sudbury.com.  

#TheSoapbox: Icicles, a winter drive and the magic of simple things

#TheSoapbox: Icicles, a winter drive and the magic of simple things

A winter drive inspires Sudbury writer Tara-Lee Lecours to ponder the beauty of icicles and the reminder of the sometimes wonderful naivete of youth
#TheSoapbox: Homelessness can happen to anyone and it’s about to happen to me

#TheSoapbox: Homelessness can happen to anyone and it’s about to happen to me

After an illness reduced a Sudbury family from a two-income household to a single one and bills began piling up, the threat of imminent homelessness looms and now seem unavoidable
Downtown memories: Remembering the glorious Regent Theatre, Sudbury’s first movie palace

Downtown memories: Remembering the glorious Regent Theatre, Sudbury’s first movie palace

Bruce Bell is back for another virtual tour of historic downtown Sudbury. This month, he takes us back inside Sudbury’s first, and arguably the most opulent, movie palace, long since vanished
Opinion: Why we should kill moose calves before cows and other bad ideas that need to change

Opinion: Why we should kill moose calves before cows and other bad ideas that need to change

Retired MNRF moose biologist Alan Bisset argues that Ontario’s moose population is declining and will not rebound without a significant change in how that population is managed, and that starts with changing hunting
Opinion: Retired gov’t biologist offers more arguments on protecting moose population

Opinion: Retired gov’t biologist offers more arguments on protecting moose population

Alan Bisset agrees many factors have contributed to Ontario’s declining moose population, but fixing how we hunt them is best way to correct the slide
#TheSoapbox: Memories of Mabel Avenue in the 1950s

#TheSoapbox: Memories of Mabel Avenue in the 1950s

A sweet time — Former Sudburian Oksana Kuryliw shares idyllic reminiscences of growing up as a Ukrainian kid in a Finnish neighbourhood in 1950s Sudbury
Opinion: Ontario’s moose population is falling and I have pretty good idea why

Opinion: Ontario’s moose population is falling and I have pretty good idea why

Alan Bisset is a retired ministry biologist and the former wildlife inventory program leader, who says the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has mismanaged Ontario’s moose population for years and the declining numbers of animals prove it
#TheSoapbox: Seven reasons why we need a referendum on the KED

#TheSoapbox: Seven reasons why we need a referendum on the KED

Sudburian Patrick Crowe argues there are just far too many issues with the project and far too many concerned residents to proceed with the entertainment district project without putting the question to the people
<updated>The Soapbox:</updated> KED’s environmental impact means 825 extra tons of CO2 yearly

The Soapbox: KED’s environmental impact means 825 extra tons of CO2 yearly

Even as the city has declared a climate emergency and instituted a plan to reduce its emissions, a new entertainment centre on The Kingsway would force more travel for more people, pumping more greenhouse gases into the air
#TheSoapbox: The job market feels like ‘the race that never ends’

#TheSoapbox: The job market feels like ‘the race that never ends’

‘Overeducated millennial’ says young people can certainly find low-paying or insecure contract jobs, but if they’re looking for a career to provide a living wage, the deck is stacked against them