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quilt-cathy-regBy Cathy Hird

As we head into Black History Month, I want to reflect on the way we approach diversity in our community. We have changed as a country so that we are more accepting of difference in culture, religious practice, race, lifestyle, but there are still tensions. There is still racism. We do not interact with all the respect and caring that we could.

emanc-regBy Paulette Peirol

The Owen Sound Emancipation Festival – the oldest Black freedom festival on the continent -- is being recognized by the Ontario Black History Society.

The festival will be granted the Harriet Tubman Award at the society's awards brunch in Toronto this weekend. The black history society is the group behind Black History Month, celebrated each February across the country.

snow-cathy-feataBy Cathy Hird

These days, snow hides the shape of the land. Beside streets in town, where in summer there would be a lawn, there are cliffs cut by blowers and hills created by people with shovels. In the country, swells and sharp-edged drifts are laid down by wind, hiding ditches, rocks and fence rows. The world has a different shape, one that changes with each new day.

cancer-regWhen it comes to alcohol, the more a person drinks, the higher the risk of cancer.

The link between alcohol and cancer is well recognized. Cancer Care Ontario reports alcohol caused up to 3,000 cases of cancer in Ontario in 2010. In Grey Bruce, 19 per cent of residents over the age of 12 are regular heavy drinkers. While there is no "safe" amount of alcohol in relation to a person's risk for cancer, the less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk.

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