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Michael Atkins

Guest Columns
The following is a collection of opinion pieces from our community. If you would like to submit an opinion piece or column, please send it in to [email protected]

Previous Columns by Guest Columnists

Column: Many dangers lurk for an outdoor kitty
July 29, 2015

A simple scan for microchips performed at all shelter intakes could save your companion animal from euthanasia.Here in Sudbury, at many times of the year, there are so many strays...

Column: Can we make 2015 the summer of climate hope?
July 23, 2015

Fourteen of 15 hottest years on record globally have been since the year 2000 — only 1998 is the outlier. It was an El Niño year, a hot and smoggy summer. I was...

I’m heading to Ecuador and couldn’t be more excited
July 20, 2015

It is hard to put into words exactly how I am feeling at this time. I am excited, happy, sad and nervous all at the same time. Hi my name...

Vegetarian grilling is for everyone!
July 15, 2015

Grilling food is one of those quintessential summer activities. Everyone enjoys being invited to a barbeque. It’s a great excuse for a get together with friends and family. A...

Car crash or radiation? Which is a more likely cause of death?
July 14, 2015

Radiation is all around us.  It occurs naturally in our environment, coming to us from the sun, from the soil and foods that we eat, and in the air that...

reThinking Green: SUN Coop’s bright days ahead
July 13, 2015

The cost and sustainability of energy is affecting everyone and some people in Sudbury are taking action. The Sudbury Unlimited eNergy Cooperative Board (SUN Coop) is working on its first...

Selling Hydro One will help consumers (or not)
July 06, 2015

Long ago, Ontario’s Liberals lost interest in telling the truth about our power situation. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli repeats endlessly his talking points that Ontario’s massive power exports are profitable...

It’s a busy summer for the Rotary Sunrisers
June 29, 2015

The Rotary club of Sudbury Sunrisers has been very busy during the month as many of our projects in the community have come to fruition.The fourth annual Fishing For Food...

Column: Will your cat live a full nine lives?
June 25, 2015

What is true for people is also true for cats. Just like us, how well they age is a matter of looking after the basics along the journey. And that...

Good to the last drop: The Mission needs our help
June 12, 2015

 Editor's note: The Elgin Street Mission does a wonderful job helping feed and warm many of the people in Greater Sudbury who need a hand up from time to time....

Column: Drivers who 'door' cyclists face demerit points
June 10, 2015

People of all ages are cycling on our roads to go to work, to get to school, to shop, to run errands and to get to festivals and fun activities....

Column: Friendships the best souvenir, says exchange student
June 03, 2015

Bonsoir from Nancy, France! My move from my second to my third host family was among a swirl of activity. On my last weekend with my second host family, they...

Column: Rotary Club gears up for busy summer
May 27, 2015

The Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers continue to be quite busy as the summer season approaches.This is an exciting time. Sue Lekun, the current Sunrisers president, is set to step...

Column: How can the Ring of Fire make life better in the Far North?
April 30, 2015

What is the one thing that would make living in Ontario’s Far North communities better?If you asked that question to seven people knowledgeable about the North, you might very well...

Column: My first retirement lesson? Taking the plunge
April 29, 2015

What I have discovered in my first month living the F Word Freedom?Retiring is like dying … in a good way. Your crossover to the other side is eulogized in...

Ypres at 100: A poem, a flower and Canadian identity
April 24, 2015

For Canada, the First World War really started on April 23-24, 1915. Until then, Canadian troops had been engaged in limited skirmishes and lost a few hundred lives.But on that...

Sudburians are happy, and the National Post is shocked
April 22, 2015

Canada's happiest people live in Sudbury! According to Statistics Canada, Vancouverites have the lowest life satisfaction in the country, while residents of Saguenay, Que., have the highest. Sudbury reported the...

Giorgia missed Canada so much, she skied in the flag
April 15, 2015

My time spent in France has been great so far. I've made a lot of friends and priceless memories.After Easter, I moved to my third and final family of my...

Column: Can we talk about religion? Do we have to?
April 14, 2015

Polite company thus saves its participants from a variety of unpleasant emotions and experiences like doubt and discord, but thankfully it is not the only kind of conversation available to...

Poet grateful for Laurence Steven's influence
April 06, 2015

People may have read that Laurentian University English professor and Scrivener Press publisher, Laurence Steven, is retiring later this spring. They may also have read that he has published...

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