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The three most common bird species encountered on the Pembroke and Area Field Naturalists' official Christmas Bird Count held on Dec. 17 were the American Crow, left, the Black-Capped Chickadee, centre, and the European Starling.

Christmas bird count results

The Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ 24th official Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 17. Unlike last year’s warmer weather and slight snow, this year’s count was marred by low temperatures and heavy snow, affecting visibility. In addition, the Ottawa River was open only in certain patches, and several of the northern migrants had not returned i

The now-closed, coal-fired power generation plant at Nanticoke, Ontario. Photographed on Tuesday May 31, 2016. (Brian Thompson/Postmedia Network)

Grits spewed hot air on coal plan closings

It's obvious why Premier Kathleen Wynne's government was anxious to discredit a report by the Fraser Institute last week that Ontario's closure of its five coal-fired electricity plants did not significantly improve provincial air quality.

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Most Canadians need crash course in civics

You're stranded on a deserted island with 100 others. Organization is vital for survival. How will you choose a leader and make group decisions? What laws will you pass for your little society?

A heroin user injects himself in New London, Conn., in this March 23, 2016 file photo. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Evidence supports fight for harm reduction plans

The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.

Students discover how to reconnect with world

In the past decade, I have occasionally bumped into students whose attention is confined to a telephone screen. I never used a so-called smartphone until my old cellphone became obsolete and have been curious about what people find so compelling about them.

Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017, in Davos. The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on January 17, 2017 in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Why the rich at Davos fear loss of their world

"I can't wait to see how the incoming administration deals with AI (artificial intelligence)," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a less-than-gracious reference to the fact the Trump team hasn't a clue about the real driving force in the changing world economy.

A young fan gets a photo of himself and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed outside Rhino's Roadhouse. PETE FISHER/Northumberland Today

We need answers on electoral reform process

With just a few months to go before the federal government is to table electoral reform legislation to make sure every vote counts in the 2019 election, Canada has a new minister of democratic institutions.

 The US Capitol is seen through a security fence Tuesday placed in preparation for inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Image)

Trump inauguration political wake-up call

It's no coincidence politicians such as Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau are trying to reach out to constituents on the eve of the inauguration of an American president who achieved a measure of political success because of such populism.

Submitted photo Mayor Angus Campbell was first elected to office in 1959. His greatest ambition was to make Pembroke a city, something that eventually happened in 1971.

I am the servant of all the people of Pembroke

“Chances are we will not see his like again. He was a finely tuned politician who walked with prime ministers and boot blacks with consumate ease. He was intelligent, crafty, streetwise and a fine debater. He had a love affair with politics, played the media like a violin and had a genuine, long-time concern for this community and its people.”

Former finance Minister Joe Oliver speaks at his election party in the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence on Canada's election day in Toronto on Monday, October 19, 2015. Oliver has lost his bid to become a Progressive Conservative candidate in the next Ontario election.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

Ontario Tories' search for gravitas continues

Former federal finance minister Joe Oliver isn't up to being a Progressive Conservative candidate, he discovered Sunday, losing the Tory nomination in York Centre to lawyer and party activist Roman Baber.

Underused pharmacare could save private plans

As private drug-insurance plans buckle under the costs of new medications that can prolong lives but only at massive expense, the Ontario government is planning to step in, at a cost that could reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars.