October 19th marks the end of the longest campaign in modern Canadian history. If one lesson can come out of this election, it is that those who want to govern you, want you to be afraid of something. Despite that fear-mongering, you need to vote. Each of the parties have campaigned on fear, even if they state otherwise. It is all rhetoric and none of it matters. The Conservatives want you to be afraid of change which will endanger the economy. They want you to fear the Liberals because of their past issues with corruption. They equate the Liberal Party of Canada with the LiberalRead More →

On the Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend we took the family up to the Gatineau Hills to sight-see the fall colours. We also wanted to check out Kingsmere, the estate of former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie-King. The trip itself was great. Beautiful scenery; nice weather; well-groomed walking trails. This is a real treasure in the Ottawa-area. The problem was the getting to and coming home from Quebec. Not Quebec itself mind you, but the roads in Ottawa to get there. The quickest way to get to the Gatineau Hills is via Autoroute 5 in Quebec. The quickest way to get to Autoroute 5 in OttawaRead More →

The communities along the St. Lawrence River from Iroquois to Cornwall were transformed over 60 years ago with the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway project. It was responsible for one of the largest transfers of land from private to government ownership in Canadian history, and severed residents connection with the river. Subsequent decades of management by the St. Lawrence-Parks Commission (SLPC) has led to the area becoming hands-off except for those who are willing to pay, or to no one at all. That needs to change. To read the rest of this editorial, visit the Standard-Freeholder web site.Read More →