Greg Mercer


Forget toboggans, let’s ban all childhood activities

March 9, 2015
Forget toboggans, let’s ban all childhood activities

Let’s hear it for those precautious towns around Ontario and beyond that have cracked down on one of the most hazardous, risky things our kids love to do in winter — tobogganing. Faced with a growing onslaught of lawsuits from parents whose children have been hurt while sledding, some municipalities are banning the traditional...
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My predictions for 2015…

January 14, 2015
My predictions for 2015…

Predicting the future can be messy business. That’s why the research team at the Mercer Retort takes special care when consulting with clairvoyants, speculators and crystal balls, giving you only the choicest cuts of prophecy. Without further delay, here are my predictions for 2015: In an effort to improve transparency, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie...
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Deep thoughts from a first-time father

January 14, 2015
Deep thoughts from a first-time father

I became a father this week. Which means, in medical terms, the icy box in which I keep my heart has been melted and handed over to a tiny girl named Norah who weighs seven pounds and 12 ounces. In my first few days of fatherhood, I have learned many things. And I have...
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Ontario’s craft brewers deserve better access

January 14, 2015
Ontario’s craft brewers deserve better access

It seems there’s a new one springing up somewhere every week. Upstart craft beer makers, brew pubs and microbreweries are everywhere now, riding a wave of popularity among beer drinkers who want more variety and flavour from their suds. But getting their products on store shelves in this province is another matter. In Ontario,...
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Listen up, dog

January 14, 2015
Listen up, dog

Listen up, dog. It’s been a while since we had a talk. But you need to know things are about to change. You’ve ruled our house for the past four and a half years, sleeping all day, barking at us to do this, open that, take you for a walk. You haven’t paid a...
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Ebola outrage goes to the dogs

October 30, 2014
Ebola outrage goes to the dogs

They screamed and shouted, carried placards and scuffled with police. They took their fight online, too — sparking a worldwide outcry that generated hundreds of thousands of petition signatures and caused a firestorm on social media. Clearly, in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, this was one casualty too many. But this global...
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We’re getting tripped up by sidewalk pilot project

October 30, 2014
We’re getting tripped up by sidewalk pilot project

The only thing worse than an uneven sidewalk is a poorly decorated one. I’ve always said that. That’s why I was pleased as punch to read earlier this month that city staff are going to take their sweet time fixing Guelph’s legion of uneven sidewalks with a bold and visionary new plan. It’s true...
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Let’s hear it for litterbugs

September 2, 2014
Let’s hear it for litterbugs

As a citizen of this fine country, it’s my right to litter whenever and wherever I see fit. Litter is like a treasure trail left behind by man’s triumph over nature – a little reminder to everything else on this planet that we’re in charge. Our forefathers fought hard to give us that right,...
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