EvalynParry-featureEvalyn Parry brought the audience in the amphitheatre to their feet on the closing night of Summerfolk 40. Honouring the past by letting it speak to both the present and future, she says, "I believe that part of the definition of a “living tradition” is about challenge and change: to staying awake to how the old songs and stories change in relationship to our culture as it evolves, to challenging ourselves as artists (and audiences) to never be complacent in our thinking, but to keep asking the big questions. Thanks Summerfolk for letting me ask those big questions on your main stage."

Here is a link to her website with the text of her incredible spoken word piece To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage, and her letter to Stephen Harper.


Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am all for solving long-lost mysteries and discovering things at the bottom of the ocean.

Since having had the chance to travel in the Arctic myself, for the past few years I have been following with interest – and skepticism – your quest to find the Franklin ships. I saw it as a strategic human-interest story, a sleight-of-hand to distract the public from your larger interests in the region: namely, mapping the ocean floor for resources and military purposes...

albinati-miller-reg– by Jenny Parsons


When I finally get to shake the hand of Chris Albinati, official Federal candidate for the BGOS Greens, I blurt: "You are a charm-bag!" This is not a good description of this excellent, fairly serious man. Having run in the spring Provincial election, you will recall, the charm-bag is moi. He is a lawyer who specializes in Aboriginal Land Law.

He has read all 183 pages of the GPC Federal policy book. He says that in it, there is "much that isn't in the current discussions, much that would resonate with citizens in this riding" and it has a "fully costed vision". It is a book of ideas and, he added, there are "not a lot of ideas on the table from the other parties".

assessment-reg-by David McLaren

The Harper Government's Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) cheques have started to arrive and Pierre Poilievre was front and centre, Tory-labelled golf shirt and all. As you probably know, a chunk of cash (some $3 billion worth) arrived in Canadians' mail boxes regardless of their income. I suppose that's what Conservatives mean by universal—everyone gets a piece of the pie, even those who have enough, thank you.

Our definition of Universal is different. Everyone who needs it has access to it—like health care. Those countries that have come out the other end of the Recession in good shape and managed to deal with poverty are those countries with true universal health care and child care (among other things).

The Conservatives' UCCB is not what successful countries do for their children.

In fact the Conservative's UCCB is barely a benefit. Let's say your annual UCCB cheque is $720. That $720 will be taxed at income tax time. In addition, another child tax benefit you got last year has been replaced by the UCCB. Subtract that and, poof! Your $720 UCCB is really worth only $158.22 a year, or $13.91 a month.

Bet that little calculation didn't come with your Harper Government cheque.

LarryMiller-regDear Editor,

I write to you today in response to a letter written by Mr. David McLaren on the Owen Sound Hub website on July 20th, 2015 and in the Owen Sound Sun Times on July 24th, 2015. In his letter Mr. McLaren makes many falsified assertions about the intentions of the current Government in relation to the negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This letter serves to correct this misinformation and unsubstantiated fearmongering by presenting the facts about free trade and Canada's system of supply management.


To begin, Mr. McLaren makes the assertion at the beginning of his article that trade agreements are somehow not in line with Canada's national interest. With one in every 5 jobs and 60% of Canada's national wealth directly linked to Canadian exports, I would say that these agreements

are 100% in line with our national interest.




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