Opinion Column

Workers clear the wreckage of the Almonte train wreck, December 1942.

Valley history highlighted

Mac Beattie sang of the heavy load that the “Pembroke Local” was carrying on December 27, 1942 just minutes before the packed passenger train was struck by a troop train loaded with soldiers. The well-known Ottawa Valley musician of the 1940s and 50s knew of the significance of the Almonte train wreck, the worst disaster to occur in the Ottawa Vall

Conflict – It’s time for another look

Conflict – an eight-letter word that for most of us, is more than twice as bad most four-letter words that we try never to use. It screams at us from almost every news item, whether newspaper, radio, television or social media.

Getty images: Even when you escape the cold and head south on vacation this winter, it is important to keep up with a fitness routine, maybe by enjoying the surroundings by taking a run on the beach.

Escape the cold, but not the workout

The crazy cold temperatures have had everyone thinking….let’s escape to warmer climates. Sounds great, but that doesn’t mean your workouts just go by the wayside. I’m not here to rain on your parade, I am here to encourage you to continue on with the good work you have been doing.

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images: This file photo taken on Jan. 10 shows United States President Donald Trump during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Outrage mounted Friday over Trump's reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, with the United Nations slamming his comments as "racist". During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries, according to comments first reported by the Washington Post.

Donald Trump’s number one liability

My Scottish mother was a fountain of wisdom. With only a public school education she would never ever have considered herself highly intellectual nor the most articulate person in the whole world, but from her mouth there flowed an unusual river of wisdom that came wrapped up in neat little one- liners spoken in her thick Scottish brogue.

One of the pro-Trump signs seen around (west) Jerusalem.

Postcard from the Holy Land

Last summer, I made plans to achieve a lifelong dream of visiting the Holy Land over the Christmas holidays with my family. Predictably, a month before we were to depart, Donald Trump inflamed tempers in the region by pledging to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv. However, knowing that trou

Walk on with hope in your heart

Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes, and burdens seem to be much more than you can stand; But God is standing near He sees your falling tears, tears are a language God understands. “TEARS ARE A LANGUAGE” by Amy Lambert

Canadians ignore the Statute of Westminster

The Statute of Westminster is the amongst the most important, but least appreciated, parts of Canada’s constitutional regime. The story of this British Act of Parliament is a distinctly Canadian tale of legal history and politics. It starts in 1929 in London, England, with an odd bit of synchronicity. In October of that year, Britain’s Judicial Com

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Liberals don’t grasp ‘local media’

Hockey news, fashion tips, TV and movie listings, retirement strategies, updates on Celine Dion — all of this information now constitutes local media — at least according to federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.This week marked a black spot in the history of Canadian newspapers with the closure of three dozen papers, taking out of circulation thr

Photo courtesy of AECL Fred Blackstein speaks to government and industry officials about the merits of nuclear power circa the late 1970s. Back in the day, Chalk River Laboratories was at the forefront of cutting edge nuclear research while warning about the perils of global warming.

“There we were sounding the alarm”

When 15,372 scientists from around the world recently issued a dire warning that ongoing destruction of the Earth’s ecosystems is jeopardizing the future of humankind, there were a few retired folks from Chak River Nuclear Laboratories muttering a silent but emphatic “I told you so.”

Jack Taylor/Getty Images Wild poppies grow in the 'Trench of Death', a preserved Belgian First World War trench system in Diksmuide, Belgium on July 14, 2017. The poppy has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance after it grew in the war-ravaged and muddied landscape of Belgian Flanders. The sight of the poppy growing by the graves of soldiers inspired Canadian soldier John McCrae to write one of the most famous World War One poems, 'In Flanders Fields'.

Kernels: In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

It is the one time during any year when we as Canadians from coast to coast pin a flower to the lapel of our garments, on the left side, closest to the heart. In the days preceding, and on this day, Nov. 11, the simple bright red poppy causes us as a nation to remember and reflect on both the valor and the horror of war.

The real threat to American power is...

In my last column (Sticking the arson charge on a couple of patsies – The Daily Observer Aug. 19, 2017) I questioned why North Korea’s nuclear program was attracting such attention from the United States. North Korea is a very poor and backwards country whose bellicosity reflects the regime’s need for an external enemy like the United States to gal