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Victor Schukov

FUNNY SIDE UP: Lost hours in the toy store

I miss going to the big box toy store because it holds many memories of me waiting for hours as my kids ran up and down the aisles wanting everything. And I also do not miss going and waiting for hours as my kids ran up and down the aisles wanting everything.My other takeaway is remembering the spectacular toy fads that turned parents into battling

ANNE ELSPETH RECTOR: Good, bad, questionable ideas

The Intelligencer recently reported, “Installation of cycle stations on city trails... sponsored by the City of Belleville, Cross Border Solutions Inc., and the Brake Room.” Located at Jane Forrester Park, Riverside Park and Riverfront Trail, stations include phone support from the Brake Room; a fabulous service for local cyclists, and healthy comm

JESSICA LAWS: Legalization stall tactics

As Canada keeps edging its way closer to the legalization of marijuana some are afraid that the ‘grass’ won’t be greener on the other side.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been recommending the legalization for the past year and has vowed that cannabis use would be legal by Canada Day.However, as we are just a few weeks away from July 1, the senat

Columnist Colin MacKay.

COLIN MACKAY: Trade war unnecessary

Donald Trump’s decision to start trade wars with the United States’ allies and, in particular, Canada is widely viewed as foolish. On the other hand, a few believe Trump is using trade wars as a negotiating tactic, that, in time, will show Trump was simply manoeuvring allies to get a better deal for the average American citizen. Canada, once the Un

Victor Schukov

VICTOR SCHUKOV: About the World Cup

Every four years, 374 countries qualify for soccer’s World Cup except Canada because we are too busy watching Coronation Street. Soccer - for the information of those who don’t care - is played on a field that is 12 kilometres long. That’s why a breakaway takes three hours.

ANNE ELSPETH RECTOR: Making community accessible

Quinte Challenger Baseball coming to Belleville offers an encouraging story of neighbours getting involved to help one another. Most of us don’t think about accessibility unless, and until, we’ve experienced it, or watched someone we love struggle. Yet, more than 15 per cent of Canadians live with disabilities – and climbing, the enormity of barrie

JESSICA LAWS: Mandatory change tables

As a new mom and recent inductee into the lifelong club of parenthood, outings with my almost five-month-old feel like extravagant outings.Armed with a large diaper bag filled with everything from hand sanitizer to outfits to hats, blankets, bottles and rash cream, my bag is often so full of ‘might-need’ items I often lose my car keys in the many p

Columnist Colin MacKay.

COLIN MACKAY: Election polls a gamble

Polls are an historical snapshot in time, soon to be out-of-date. The number of polls taken during this provincial campaign seem significantly high. Yet, most seem to be predicting the same outcome. The PCs and NDP are in a virtual mathematical tie for popular votes. Using the average of all the polling data, savvy prognosticators put out riding/se

Victor Schukov

FUNNY SIDE UP: Waste not, want not

A pillar in the structural integrity of the familial unit is dinner time. This is when parents drop whatever they are up to, and congregate to break bread with their children while repeatedly telling the youngest to stop talking and eat their food which is by then at a temperature of absolute zero.Seated around the evening’s food fare affords us th

ANNE ELSPETH RECTOR: Opportunity earned by NDP

Years ago, a superior walked into my office with an election pool they’d started, asking we predict how many seats each party would win in Ontario’s legislature that night. Unsure if this was kosher, he reassured me and urged I play. I’d never participated in a pool and long-considered my choices. Then I made my prediction and, like colleagues, vot

JESSICA LAWS: Think of the children

Divorce is usually the furthest thing from anyone’s mind when a child is brought into this world or when you’re standing at the alter saying your ‘I do’s’ in what is supposed to be marital bliss.Nevertheless, divorce and separation does happen and it doesn’t always end amicably.Introduced in the House of Commons by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Rayb

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford holds a rally to speak about Hydro One in Toronto on May 15, 2018. Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press

Denley: Ford has a plan, but not all the numbers

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford’s two main opponents have had some fun claiming he has no platform, although he has offered a substantial of mix of tax cuts, new spending and expenditure reductions throughout the campaign.

Columnist Colin MacKay.

COLIN MACKAY: Debates, platforms may not matter

Platforms, plans, and debates are all important aspects of well run campaigns. Doug Ford, leader of PCs, is gambling that not having a platform isn’t that important to voters of Ontario, but outlining loose plans is acceptable. Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP, is on the opposite side of Ford, believing a costed platform is important. Kathleen Wyn

Victor Schukov

FUNNY SIDE UP: Phones and teens don't mix

Why my son’s cell phone was once confiscated:(RING!)“Hello?”“Stewart? (my son)”“Yeah.”“When was the battle of Hastings fought and who won it?”“I don’t know. Who was the fifteenth president of the United States? (BEEP!) Hang on. I’ve got another call coming in. (PRESS!) Hello?”“This is Mr. Johnson, your history teacher. No talking in class during an

ANNE ELSPETH RECTOR: Board leads students astray

As Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board renamed merging schools I wrote: “...to avoid wasting rebranding cash; Hans Waltimeyer’s name was anglicized to John Walden Meyers and he arrived here when it was known as Singleton’s Creek (and the Moira). It became known as Meyers’ Creek (with an apostrophe, eh) sometime “around 1793” (reference

JESSICA LAWS: Talking to teens about sex

On May 22 CityLine’s host, Tracy Moore, sat down with a group of teenagers to discuss the hard topics that plague and elude their parents and adults alike.It became very evident the world of dating is nowhere near what it once was.Part of the drastic change lay in the fact dating has become heavily weighted on sex and what sexual acts a teenager is