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poverty-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Why are people with professional jobs, good wages, solid benefits and pensions handing a big cheque to a group trying to explain why others live without that security?

This is what I asked of Dick Hibma, representing the Society of Energy Professionals (SEP) in giving $2000 to Peace and Justice Grey Bruce for its ongoing initiative on precarious work.

BCK-regBy Aly Boltman

For over a decade, I've watched that hulking mass of blight we Owen Sounders call BCK, rot away. As someone who loves our city, I've never been able to understand why it has sat there, woefully ignored and abandoned for so long. Yes, there are probably a dozen reasons why its owners haven't moved forward with a plan – mild contamination, lack of expansion in our population base, poor understanding of our community, the bleed of industry in our downtown core in favour of the faceless, sterile car-friendly development on the fringe, and so on. I've heard it all. But one thing is absolutely certain – the lack of growth on the site (excepting the weeds), be it a pop-up park or a full scale mixed-use development, really points to a fatal pairing that has allowed the blight to exist for far too long; lack of imagination and an apathetic city.

Whip-regBy Jenny Parsons

What do whipped votes and dead money have in common? No, they are not ska-punk bands names. These are the concepts that are still forefront in mind after hours of guest speaker-talks and intense conversations had at the Green Party Convention held in New Brunswick this month.

wind-regularBy Andre Den Tandt

In the 1970s the names of Donald Johanson and Lucy, the relatively complete pre-hominid skeleton he discovered in Ethiopia, were regularly in the news. So were Louis and Mary Leakey, who had preceded him into Africa and Olduvai Gorge in what is now Kenya. The tools and skeletons they found belonged to upright-walking pre-hominids, and they were clearly older than the 6000 or so years that Bishop James Ussher had determined as the time since creation as told in Genesis.

transit-question-regularBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

What constitutes a core service? Bernice Ackermann used the term in her address to Owen Sound council when she asked for its support for Transit Tuesday, a July 15 event to celebrate 70 years of buses in the city and to encourage Owen Sounders to leave their cars at home.

While the mayor and councillors have often referred to city transit as important, even essential, bus advocates fear that short-term cost-saving will trump long-term vision in the city's decisions on this file. A special council meeting July 24 at 4 p.m. may tell the tale.

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