Opinion

Getty images: Father's Day may not conjure up happy images for everyone, but there is help out there to deal with the 'father wounds'.

The arrow fired by your father

When I first heard the term “father- wounds” I must confess it was totally unfamiliar to me, but as I started to read through John Eldredge’s classic book “Wild At Heart” I began to realize that a huge percentage of us men have been emotionally wounded by our earthly fathers.

Emotional intelligence and leadership

This past week has given witness to very stark contrasting examples of Leadership and the presence (or absence) of Emotional Intelligence. It is only fitting that this column turns our focus to leadership and how the role is enhanced by emotionally- intelligent incumbents.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images: Members of the public hold no placards on Fairview road as the country heads to polling stations on May 25 in Dublin, Ireland.

When Irish eyes are not smiling

Britain’s The Guardian newspaper reported last Saturday that the Republic of Ireland voted by a landslide on May 25 to legalize abortion. It went on to say that the country, which historically has been considered a “bastion of religious conservatism”, has now become “one of Europe’s most tolerant democracies.”

Submitted photo: The Outdoors Guy Jeff Morrison shows off a good-sized northern pike he caught near Cobden. He is hoping to hit the jackpot again this weekend when he returns to Cobden to do some fishing.

Summer fishing in the Ottawa Valley

Anglers in search of northern pike and walleye have been out in full force with both species now fair game across the Valley, or Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 15 as our government calls it.

Photo courtesy of Champlain Trail Museum Charles Campbell served as mayor of the Town of Pembroke from 1947 to 1949. He had previously sat as a veteran councillor and reeve before chasing the mayoralty in the fall of 1946.

Remembering Pembroke's 1946 election

“It is an honour and a pleasure for me to have the privilege of presiding over the 1947 council. I bespeak at the outset the co-operation of all members. To all the new members, I extend a cordial welcome and trust that they will find municipal work interesting to them.”

Photo courtesy of Champlain Trail Museum Lt.-Col. Arthur Wallace, commanding officer of the 59th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, was elected mayor of the Town of Pembroke on Dec. 13, 1957. Wallace, a veteran of the Second World War, had gone up against Jack Carmody and businessman Allan Siegel.

"An example for sportsmanship and fairness"

“In refusing to accept an acclamation for the office of mayor of Pembroke for the next two years because a technicality made it possible for him to claim election without a contest, Arthur A. Wallace has set an example for sportsmanship and fairness which is all too often lacking in public life.”

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Dulling the nagging heel pain of plantar fasciitis

A discussion earlier last week sparked me to dig out this ‘repeat’ column on plantar fasciitis, so I hope you find it helpful. Pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel that is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed is one of the major complaints of those with plantar fasciitis.

The world’s first mother got it right!

There I was sitting in the doctor’s office the other day when in she came, a mom with her gang of kids, four of them. They looked as if they were about three, six, eight and nine – two boys and two girls.

Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network: Lighting candles in at the memorial to the 10 victims of the fatal van attack, following the #TorontoStrong Vigil at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, Ont. on Sunday, April 29. The event brought people together following the van attack that left 10 people dead.

Make me an instrument of Your peace

The Willowdale Community Choir under the direction of Melissa Davis gave a powerful rendition of Instruments of Peace last Sunday night in Toronto as a crowd of close to 25,000 people gathered to mourn and remember the victims of the deadly Toronto van attack.

LETTER: CNL responds to CP story

The Canadian Press article published on April 24, 2018 contains a number of inaccuracies and misleading comments about Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF), the NPD Closure Project in Rolphton, Ontario, and the WR-1 Closure Project in Pinawa, Manitoba, which threaten to undermine public confidence in o

Letters: Love to comm. choir; A 'boo' to the media

Very impressed by Community ChoirOn the evening of April 22nd I attended the Pembroke Community Choir concert at Calvin United Church. I was impressed as I have attended many choirs and concerts throughout Canada and the world and this event was equal to or above what I have paid hundreds of dollars to hear. We here in Pembroke are very privileged

Sean Gallup/Getty Images: Polish President Andrzej Duda kneels at the grave of Pawel Frankiel, a Polish Jewish commander of a Jewish military group during the Second World War called the Jewish Military Union during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising at the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery on April 19, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. The Warsaw Ghetto was a prison created by the German military during its occupation of Warsaw during the Second World War.

The crucial importance of remembrance

Following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, the antisemitic policy of Adolf Hitler and his high command herded almost 400,000 Jews, 30 per cent of Warsaw’s population, into a ghetto.

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People lessons from the best

We all search for ways to be better versions of ourselves – a never-ending pursuit of self-improvement and opportunities for growth

NHL player Connor McDavid visits the on ice memorial at the Elgar Peterson Arena to pay his respects to the Humboldt Broncos hockey players who lost their lives in a bus crash in Humboldt, Sask., on April 17, 2018. (Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Don't crowd, or cloud, grief

Years ago, in high school when I was 18, a friend of mine died.We were a close group of friends - Friday afternoon hockey games (we skipped school), late nights and early mornings.The death was sudden and jolting. We were only in our late teens. We had our whole lives in front of us.At the time there was no such thing as grief counsellors or any re

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