Tomorrow, our oldest child graduates secondary school. She has not had an easy road in life so far and will not have an easy road going forward. When she was in kindergarten we knew something was different and were told it was the usual ADHD/ODD combination. It wasn’t, but it took 5 years to find out that she was on the autism spectrum.  It took moving from the public board, where we were constantly beating our head against the wall trying to get help for her, to the catholic board. It was a night and day difference at first. We went from no help atRead More →

A happy wife is a happy life, or so the saying goes. I first heard this phrase watching one of those Bryan Baumler home reno shows on HGTV. Given the vocations of my wife and myself, having days off that line up are rather difficult. When we get to spend time together, without the four kids around (rare as that is) we usually go on a day excursion. Before Christmas, we went on one of these sojourns west of town, seeing where the car will take us. We landed at Adelaine’s Tea Room in Prescott. I am not a tea drinker by any means, butRead More →

Marcus Ryan, township councillor for Zorra township posted comments to TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paiken” about getting rid of school boards in Ontario and put schools under the administration local municipalities. It’s an idea, but I fear that some poorly managed municipalities would do more harm than good having control of schools. It’s bad enough they have a municipal budget to handle, let alone a school or several schools. Ryan’s posting to Twitter prompted me to put finger to keyboard (modern day pen to paper) and come up with seven points that I think would fix Ontario’s education system. Here they are: Constitutional amendmentRead More →