Dentists seem drawn to Sault due to our unfluoridated water

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, September 19, 2007, p. A10 Dentists drawn to communities without fluoride in the water? When our family began contemplating a move to Sault Ste. Marie, I busied myself with finding a job and a home, and then my attention turned to getting a doctor and a dentist. Armed with recommendations from friends, I hit the Yellow …

Better safety measures are needed to protect kids on school buses

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Last week, I accompanied my daughter to the mall to take her first ride on a school bus. The event was hosted by Laidlaw to teach kids about school bus safety and for a photo opportunity for the parents (to preempt delays on the first day of school?) The bus was just as …

Magazine reading takes a backseat to other summer pursuits

Editorial & Opinion, Thursday, August 23, 2007 I am behind in my reading. I have a pile of magazine subscriptions and newspapers that I haven’t touched for weeks. The bigger the pile gets, the less I want to dive into it. I’m now at the point where I may just cancel my magazines subscriptions so that the leaning tower of …

Who’s minding the store … are the kids safe?

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, August 8, 2008 On Aug. 1, 2007 Fisher-Price recalled 83 types of toys in North America including Big Bird, Elmo and Dora the Explorer characters, because of excessive lead in the paint. I found information on the recall, including photos of the plastic preschool toys, online at: http://service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp. I own similar products, I would guess last-years’ …

Don’t let another year pass without living life to its fullest

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, July 25, 2007 My birthday was this past Monday and I can no longer say that I am in my early thirties. The day came and went happily, though I did find a grey hair that seemed to stealthily avoid the highlights I had done professionally the week before. I yanked the little scoundrel in disbelief …

Here’s the latest buzz … Take mosquitoes more seriously

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, July 11, 2007 I hate bugs that bite. Creepy-crawly spiders used to send me into a panic, but I have refocused my tirade and hostilities on mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies, and horse flies. For an outdoorsy Canadian girl, I admit that I am overly phobic of those parasitic beasts that want to feed off me. …

Casino has missed the boat on the luckiest day in 1,000 years

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Potentially the luckiest day in 1,000 years is about to hit this Saturday, July 7. If you are superstitious, or believe that seven is a lucky number, or can visualize a slot machine hitting three sevens, you may already be making plans to be at one of Ontario’s charity casinos this weekend. If …

Bring back Northern’s Red Maple to save the environment

Editorial & Opinion, Wednesday, June 27, 2007 When Guy Dauncey came to town earlier this month with a message of global warming and what we could do about it, I wasn’t sure if I’d hear anything new. The presentation was much like An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary on global warming by Al Gore. What impressed me most about the movie …