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What’s in a dog’s name?

April 8, 2010
What’s in a dog’s name?

Guelph Mercury,  08/04/10 On the surface, dogs seem to have it all. They don’t have to work. No one blinks when they sniff each other’s rear ends. And they get to pee outside. But unlike people, who can legally change their names, man’s best friend has to live with the name we give him,...
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No place for farms in prison bonanza

March 31, 2010
No place for farms in prison bonanza

Guelph Mercury, 31/03/10 In these achy days of post-recession hangovers, all anybody in Ottawa wants to talk about is slashing costs, delaying purchases and getting tough on spending. Federal bureaucrats have been told to start trimming programs used by millions of Canadians. It’s time to make tough decisions, they say. It’s an era of...
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Words? Get it away! Get it away!

March 24, 2010
Words? Get it away! Get it away!

Guelph Mercury, 24/03/10 We did it! Yes, dear readers, it is true. We finally found something to distract us from television. No, it’s not sex. Come on, that requires work. Eating? No, we can do that at the same time. I’m talking about the internet – that great, illuminated thing that brings us instant...
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Those students are worth the hassle

March 18, 2010
Those students are worth the hassle

Guelph Mercury, 03/17/10 This spring, take time to hug a student. I know, I know. They talk funny. They wear weird clothes. They drink too much and hog all the taxi cabs on Saturday nights. But if you’re holding your breath for May and the annual exodus of students from town, you might want...
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Google Street View waits for no man

March 3, 2010
Google Street View waits for no man

Guelph Mercury, 03/03/10 It’s a real shame you can’t pick the clothes you wear when you get immortalized. If you could, I might have chosen something a little more impressive than, say, a ratty yellow T-shirt two sizes two small and an old pair of dirty shorts. And I wouldn’t have been standing around...
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I’m on Haiti time

February 20, 2010
I’m on Haiti time

Sorry for the lack of columns, folks.  I’m in Haiti with the Waterloo Region Record until Feb. 25. You can follow the stories down there at Dispatches from Haiti Here’s the latest story: Life starts loudly, ends quietly at Haitian hospital TheRecord.com – Local – Life starts loudly, ends quietly at Haitian hospital PORT-AU-PRINCE...
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Downtown dwellers get a voice

February 4, 2010
Downtown dwellers get a voice

Guelph Mercury, 03-02/10 Look up, look way up. See those lights blinking on in the second- and third-storey windows above Wyndham and Macdonell streets? Yeah, those ones. Turns out, people live up there. Who knew? On Wednesday, a new group is gathering to celebrate those people turning on those upper-floor lights. For the first...
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Bowling for Canada’s game

January 20, 2010
Bowling for Canada’s game

Guelph Mercury, 01/20/10 Guelph has given the world a lot of things. The Biltmore hat, Sleeman beer and John McCrae, the man who wrote In Flanders Fields. But one of the coolest things this fair city may have ever done was to produce a young man by the name of Tommy Ryan. Ryan may...
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