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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>#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
#TheSoapbox: Is democracy on the defensive?

#TheSoapbox: Is democracy on the defensive?

The need to physical distance during a pandemic puts voters at risk at polling stations but the Canada Election Act doesn’t allow only mail-in ballots. Shouldn't it?
#TheSoapbox: The pandemic is exhausting, so here are 12 rules to help you cope

#TheSoapbox: The pandemic is exhausting, so here are 12 rules to help you cope

Reader Kevin Shanahan adapts some thoughts from a Jesuit missionary that have helped him keep some perspective during COVID-19
The #Soapbox: Now is the time to draw on our inner strength

The #Soapbox: Now is the time to draw on our inner strength

Former Northern Life columnist Kevin Shanahan recalls several times in his life when he's had to do just that 
#TheSoapbox: I never realized how hard it is not to touch my face

#TheSoapbox: I never realized how hard it is not to touch my face

An ode to handwashing and Hawkeye Pierce from D’Arcy Closs
The #Soapbox: I moved to Sudbury a half-century ago — the city has radically transformed

The #Soapbox: I moved to Sudbury a half-century ago — the city has radically transformed

And it's not just the physical landscape that has changed, says Laurentian professor emeritus of history Dieter Buse
#TheSoapbox: Closing Capreol Arena would cut the heart out of the town

#TheSoapbox: Closing Capreol Arena would cut the heart out of the town

Author and sports historian Matthew Del Papa says a twin pad arena in Valley East might make sense on paper, but closing a community’s arena also takes an emotional toll
The #Soapbox: Long Live the Queen, a tale of an Infestation

The #Soapbox: Long Live the Queen, a tale of an Infestation

Vinegar, borax, traps … nothing worked. Then, D’Arcy Closs got serious 
#TheSoapbox: Harm reduction is an important part of battling opioid crisis

#TheSoapbox: Harm reduction is an important part of battling opioid crisis

There is a need for education surrounding supervised consumption sites in Sudbury. The opioid crisis in Sudbury is not new. Sudbury has long been a hub for drug traffic and use.