Better Bitters

A guided tour through the art science and history of our favourite 7000-year-old beverage with beer columnist Brent Milcz. In part one of our journey from grain to glass we discussed malt and what it…

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Open mouth insert . . . By Jim Poling I think it is time that Justin the Good sat down for a serious heart to heart with his No. 1 policeman RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.…

The wearing down of America 

People continue to shake their heads and ask how Donald Trump the vulgarian who inherited all his money got to be a U.S. presidential contender. The answer will not be found by studying the man.…

Spectacular Spain

By Linda Coneybeare Travel Plus Hola! I am just back from a week on the Costa Tropical in Andalucía Spain. My sister and her husband wisely decided to spend the winter in Spain so that…

Starting with malt

A guided tour through the art science and history of our favourite 7000-year-old beverage with beer columnist Brent Milcz. As a brewer talking about how beer is born is a bit of a rabbit hole.…

Canadian drama at its best 

We’ve seen the final episode of Downton Abbey but the finales of two real-life Canadian dramas will be aired within the next few weeks. A verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault case comes down…

The window 

By Jim Poling I t was one of the those wood frame windows they built into 2 ½-storey family homes 100 years ago. Perhaps four feet tall and 2 ½ feet wide with a push…

The Next Revolution 

A malaise – that vague sense that something is not right – has us in its grip. It’s not the March malaise that accompanies the weariness of winter and yearning for spring. It’s a malaise that…

Tattoos and Star Wars

By Jim Poling Sr. I ’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo. Thinking hard. Getting a tattoo is no lightweight decision. What statement do I want to make? What design? On which body part? These…

Little flu for now 

By Jim Poling It has not only been an unusually mild winter (except for last weekend) but an unusually mild influenza season. Everyone hopes it will stay that way. Up to Feb. 1 there had…

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Herecomes Valentine Cat byDeborah Underwood Catdoes not like Valentine’s Day. It’s too mushy and he’s notinterested in giving anyone a Valentine… especially not his newneighbour Dog. Dog has been howling and throwing his bones over thefence.…

Bathing suits on midnight swims? 

By Jim Poling Maybe it’s the fine winter weather. Little snow to shovel. Some ice but I’ve spread salt and sand on the driveway only once. Never any thought of having to shovel the roof.…

Courage in the cold 

By Jim Poling It was just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 3 1943 when the torpedo struck beginning one of the most inspirational stories of the Second World War. Most of the 904 men aboard…

Better late than never

By Jim Poling St. Nora Lake has frozen over finally. The ice was five inches thick at the start of this week. Great news for the snowmobile crowd and winter anglers. That’s the latest freeze-up…

Bold beautiful and foxy

By Jim Poling I saw him from the corner of my eye. He was standing statue still no more than 15 feet away staring into a pile of snow-covered rocks. He lunged forward nose into…

2016: The year of living differently?

By Jim Poling That was nice. The last two months of the year filled with optimism generated mostly by a new federal government. Lots of cooing and gushing about positive change. And a cheery -…

Sunny ways and cheap shots

By Jim Poling Sr. T he politicians are back on Parliament Hill apparently having learned little from October’s general election. It seems to me that we voters told them clearly that we want an end…

Whispers of winter 

By Jim Poling Gentle mists caress the lake like a mother’s hand massaging her child’s back calming her to sleep. Sleep for the lake is delayed this year. Winter’s approach usually loud and bullying is…

The bigger story behind Sherborne Road

By Jim Poling Sr. I t is remarkable how tiny pieces of news help us to see much larger worrisome trends. For instance we now learn that the Natural Resources Ministry has been poking about…

Snoopy would be proud   

By Jim Poling I have a new granddog. His name is Rusty and he is a rescued dog from Los Angeles. Rusty was given up by his owners who kept a bunch of backyard dogs…

Who is buying the pizza?

By Jim Poling I totally get why Education Minister Liz Sandals feels the way she does about receipts. They are a pain in the butt. So difficult to organize. Always impossible to find when needed.…