Opinion Column

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.

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.

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

A Barred Owl perched on a tree root in the wild.


This year’s Pembroke Area Field Naturalists’ Owl Prowl was held on Saturday, March 24. Despite somewhat cool temperatures, more than 50 people attended the event, forming a car convoy of 11 vehicles. As in previous years, the event was broken up into two segments. The first part consisted of a visit to the Eganville area to observe a resident Great

Column: Understanding crypto-currency

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Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski

Ready to take on the Liberals

On March 10 the membership of the PC Party chose Doug Ford as our new leader. I look forward to working closely with Mr. Ford as we take our message of accountability and change to the people of Ontario. It is great to have the issue of the leadership race behind us now so that we can concentrate our efforts on the real challenge: defeating Kathlee

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