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Making room for maryjane!

October 4, 2017   ·   0 Comments

It seems like it’s out with the old, in with the new. And yet, I’m not sure how we humble humans would explain the pending widespread legal sale of marijuana in this country of ours.

Automation threatens our current workforce

I love the idea of robots serving humankind, and wonder just how long it will be before we see them running amok on city streets. We’re a society in transition, and we’re facing a real foe in the name of progress. It’s estimated that almost half of our national labour force is at risk of losing their jobs to automation within the next 10 to 20 years. This is alarming.

Actually, we parents did sign up for all of this!

Most of us parents “never signed up for this.” In fact, no one asked us to sign anything. And yet, we’re bound, legally, morally, emotionally and mentally, to our offspring and our never-ending responsibilities on the home front.

More Ontarians living pay cheque to pay cheque

Living pay cheque to pay cheque is a phrase that’s been tossed around for decades. Most of us hear it, and are thankful it doesn’t pertain to us. Unless of course, it does.

Examining the ‘water control’ business

It’s time to review the original purpose for conservation authorities established in the wake of Hurricane Hazel in 1954. At that time, Ontario recognized the need to protect floodplains along creeks and rivers from development. Despite that, the pace of development has accelerated since the 1980s, encroaching on and into floodplains.

Cost of living a harsh reality

Homeowners are well aware of the costs associated with running a household. With a new school year starting, our teens and 20-somethings are getting a reality check. My oldest daughter Lexie is in her second year at Western, and we moved her into a shared condo in London. This is the first time these girls will be on their own, and responsible for things like rent, utilities, water heater rental and groceries.

Humans are drawn to our home – the water

What is it that draws us to the water so? The water and lapping of the waves against the dock, or a boat skin, is soothing, almost medicinal. Some say it’s even maternal.

We need to consider future prospects

I’m starting to get a little worried. My male child just earned his G1 licence and he’s currently taking driving lessons. He’s constantly asking questions, and of course, correcting my mistakes behind the wheel. He’s been talking about his first car for months, pointing to several very nice models he’s interested in. He’s well aware of the price tags these modern machines carry and while he’s working part-time at No Frills, he has a long way to go.

Mayor provides tax context

Since King recently mailed out the 2017 Final Tax Notice to residential property owners, I thought it might be helpful to provide some information and context to help residents understand just how King Township sets tax rates.

Will self-driving cars save us all?

If you look really closely at our habits in the “first world,” you’ll undoubtedly uncover some nasty bits, sort of like the mucky stuff under rocks that bugs like so much. We are the authors of our own story. And the current edition of humankind contains all the aspects of a great story – greed, hubris, irony, grief, sadness, regret ....

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