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pride-regThis weekend Grey Bruce Pride is hosting the 10th anniversary Pride Weekend Celebration for the LGBTQ+ community as well as families, friends and allies.  On Saturday June 13, the events will be at Harrison Park in Owen Sound, beginning at 3:00 with a magic and music performance with Richard Knechtel (also known as Dickie Bird) accompanied by face painting and other children's craft activities. The 5:00 p.m. barbecue will be followed by a live performance with Charlie Glasspool and Vandeleur. All events are by donation.

On Sunday June 14, the "Pride" movie, based on a true story about the alliance between striking miners and their LGBT supporters in 1984, will be shown at The Roxy in downtown Owen Sound. Doors open at 12:30.

 For more information, go to facebook.com/GreyBrucePride.

pride-regThis weekend Grey Bruce Pride is hosting the 10th anniversary Pride Weekend Celebration for the LGBTQ+ community as well as families, friends and allies.  On Saturday June 13, the events will be at Harrison Park in Owen Sound, beginning at 3:00 with a magic and music performance with Richard Knechtel (also known as Dickie Bird) accompanied by face painting and other children's craft activities. The 5:00 p.m. barbecue will be followed by a live performance with Charlie Glasspool and Vandeleur. All events are by donation.

On Sunday June 14, the "Pride" movie, based on a true story about the alliance between striking miners and their LGBT supporters in 1984, will be shown at The Roxy in downtown Owen Sound. Doors open at 12:30.

 For more information, go to facebook.com/GreyBrucePride.

Cathy-Hird-paths-featBy Cathy Hird


On Tuesday June 2nd, the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission will deliver its final report. For five years, the commissioners have been hearing stories of the loss and the abuse that took place in these schools. The final report will include recommendations for building a new relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in our country.

When Prime Minister Steven Harper apologized on behalf of Canada for the residential school system, this commission was established to help us live into our apology. In a moment, I will give an excerpt from that text, but first let me tell you why this matters to me.

I worked as a minister at Neyaashiinigmiing, Cape Croker. During my time there, a number of people shared with me their experience of residential school. I never asked, I never thought to ask, but these were stories that people needed to share. People spoke of the severe corporal punishment they experienced. They spoke of the pain of isolation from family and community. They smiled when they told of the small ways that they could defy the systematic attempts to rid them of Aboriginal ways and manage to hold on to pieces of their cultural heritage, their language, their identity. They wept when they stumbled to express the experience of sexual abuse.

hummus-regby Anne Finlay-Stewart

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) does periodic testing of products sold in Canada, whether they are processed in this country or not. When samples test positive for bacteria which can cause human illness, CFIA may recall the product, asking retailers and consumers to discard it for safety.

The President's Choice Moroccan-style Hummus with a best before date of June 14, 2015 is one such food product. The public was warned not to eat it when the recall was announced Monday. Unfortunately, one of our staff ate it last Thursday. He has spent the last three days wondering why he felt so miserable. The information in the recall notice might, or might not, have given him the answer.

"Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur."

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