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Hemp- by Bill Monahan
With the determination of the new federal government to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, it seems a good time to have a look at its THC-free cousin, industrial hemp. Could the cultivation and processing of this remarkable plant bring much-needed ....

chippewas- by Phil Henderson

On January 21st Wiarton announced it will host a Junior A hockey team again, a first in nearly fifteen years. The enthusiasm was evident, with South Bruce Peninsula councillors variously describing this as "fantastic news" and a "breath of life" into the area. But that breath of life was quickly caught in the throat. The news of Junior A's return to the Peninsula came with the suggestion of the team's resurrected name: "The WiartonRedmen7576Redmen".

Some will point out that this was the original team name before it was changed and the team folded. But we cannot kid ourselves - even for a minute - about what this name represents. The phrase "red man" has its roots in the same racist thinking as "redskin", or "nigger". Each of these words ought to evoke in us a deep sense of revulsion, as they represent the most concise forms of hatred and white supremacy. These words identify and then denigrate individuals and collectives solely on the basis of how the colour of their skin is perceived.

Others might say that we shouldn't lose our heads over a team name, it's just a name after all... sticks and stones... But the fact is, that people - and overwhelmingly people of colour - have literally lost

United Way logo-feature-by Hub Staff

"The United Way is looking for an office cleaner. Weekly Monday evenings, 6 hours, $13 an hour. The United Way supplies all the tools and cleaners. There are stairs and you must be able to lift 50 lbs.
To apply please bring your resume directly to the United Way with references.
380 9th Street East Owen Sound"
Within minutes of this post Monday, January 25 on the Facebook page of United Way of Bruce Grey, The Hub received a note to the Editor – in part - "The United Way has publicly promoted the idea of the living wage. In Owen Sound the living wage has been set at $14.77. Much higher than the rate of pay offered by the local United Way office.

"To me this speaks to a common problem when dealing with a living wage. Justifications for paying employees....

swift-fibre-optics-by Bill Monahan
You don't have to be psychic to see that one of the most important requirements for economic growth in rural Ontario is reliable high-speed Internet. It's essential to attracting modern enterprise as well as residents. If communities in our area want to develop a diverse population across a demographic spectrum we need good broadband Internet access. On the one hand it invites businesses which rely upon reliable broadband and on the other it boosts real estate when high speed Internet access is available to the home. With Netflix-style delivery of entertainment and devices like 4K Ultra HD television displays, which chug four times the data of regular high-def, people want a big pipe of datastream fed directly into their homes. As Joanne Steele, at RuralTourismMarketing.com states, "Rural broadband access is as important now as rural electrification was...

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