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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.  

<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
#TheSoapbox: Is bad public engagement to blame for Sudbury’s arena divide?

#TheSoapbox: Is bad public engagement to blame for Sudbury’s arena divide?

Sudbury.com reader Ian Berdusco argues that had the city done a better job of engaging the public in the process, Greater Sudbury new arena plan could have gone a whole lot smoother
#TheSoapbox: The Third World War is climate change and we’re in the thick of it

#TheSoapbox: The Third World War is climate change and we’re in the thick of it

Economist David Robinson says the climate crisis is a war to preserve the planet and it is time people and their governments started treating it as such
<updated>#TheSoapbox: </updated>Have you thought about what happens to those balloons you release? Nothing good

#TheSoapbox: Have you thought about what happens to those balloons you release? Nothing good

Chelmsford resident Sydney Morgan is on a mission to protect the environment from something few of us probably considered: balloon and lantern releases, and she makes a good case to end the practice
<updated>#TheSoapbox:</updated> 12 reasons to rethink the KED and six councillors who need an ego check

#TheSoapbox: 12 reasons to rethink the KED and six councillors who need an ego check

Strap in for an exhaustive comparison of the Kingsway Entertainment District and Project NOW, and some pointed criticism of the six councillors most supportive of the project
#TheSoapbox: Reader shares the agony and ecstasy of getting his COVID-19 shot

#TheSoapbox: Reader shares the agony and ecstasy of getting his COVID-19 shot

Sudburian D’Arcy Closs says the wait made him nervous, but the shot was a real relief
Reporter’s blog: I wouldn’t want my experiences to be belittled and attacked on social media, would you?

Reporter’s blog: I wouldn’t want my experiences to be belittled and attacked on social media, would you?

Reporter Jenny Lamothe’s beat focuses on often marginalized communities, the same groups of people subject to the most insults, racism and personal attacks on Sudbury.com’s Facebook page; she explains why she supports our decision to close comments on it
<updated>#TheSoapbox: </updated>Architecture school running major design competition — why isn’t council paying attention?

#TheSoapbox: Architecture school running major design competition — why isn’t council paying attention?

The results from this competition will provide a foundation on which the city can build its plans for the post-COVID future
#TheSoapbox: Pandemic ‘new normal’ creates real challenges for those of us with hearing loss

#TheSoapbox: Pandemic ‘new normal’ creates real challenges for those of us with hearing loss

Masks and physical distancing make communication particularly difficult