allcandidates-feat2-by Anne Finlay-Stewart, Editor

With ten days to go before the federal election, fingers are flying here at the Hub to try to keep up with all the submissions. Our apologies if we have missed your media release, or your favourite feature – we will be back to our regular programming soon after October 19.

We understand that the pre-election posts on owensoundhub.org look different from traditional news sources. There are three reasons.

jbyrd-feature-by Jonathan Byrd

I grew up with guns. Country guns. Shotguns. .45s and .38s and beer cans on fence posts. That was back before public gun violence became a daily routine. If somebody got shot, it was a drug deal or domestic violence. There were guns all around me, practically under my pillow, and nobody got hurt. No one I know ever threatened another person with a gun. The few violent men I knew fought with their fists. Pulling a gun to settle a score wouldn't be worth the shame. Guns were for targets and critters. It seems like some kind of mythical world now.

From my experience traveling in northern Europe consistently the past few years, I offer a theory that is beginning to take shape in my mind. I'm in the UK now; their gun laws are famously rigid. The Olympic pistol team had to leave the country to practice. Intentional homicide rate is maybe a third to a quarter of the U.S., but I don't think the stringent gun laws are entirely responsible.

More interesting to this essay are other countries I've been to regularly: The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. Canada is notably similar in that

Larry-Miller-featureWith regard to the recent federal court decision concerning the wearing of the niqab during the Canadian citizenship oath, Minister Alexander has stated "The government of Canada will seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in the Ishaq case."

I support this position. If you would like further information on the government position, please contact the office of Minister Alexander.

Thank you.

Larry Miller
Conservative Candidate
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound


niqab-feature-by Curtis Healy

Face Coverings are not a security issue. If we cannot adapt to the idea that woman have and are entitled to their own comfort associated with their own bodies then our belief system is a myth- because it can't respect a woman's differences in intimacy, out of another culture, in this case associated with her face. We are based on cultural tolerance, and our survival has been based on removing the need of assimilation under the fantasy of a so called 'national purity'. Insecurity causes impatience, and if we are impatient with women from elsewhere, we will do nothing but inspire bitterness for being Canadian, inspire insecurity at being Canadian, while they must take their time, as our new country-folk to ascertain their own level of comfort, with what can be, for someone who is not used to the so many options of expression Canada has, overwhelming. Give them time to understand themselves as they do, and they will most excellently use the time, as mature humans who understand themselves maturely, to make the best decisions for their comfort, and people being allowed to do that, simply spreads comfort to all persons. It's important to understand that women who wear face coverings are born Canadians,


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