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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 lifeedit@northernlife.ca

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Audience sings SSO music director candidate's praises
February 08, 2016

Selecting a conductor can’t be easy. How do you know if they are the right fit? Do they have the right stuff? The Sudbury Symphony is searching for a...

Practice vs. training: use tech to its fullest
February 02, 2016

When most golfers go to the range to practice, what they are really doing is raking golf ball after golf ball over and fidgeting with their swing.They typically don’t have...

Sunrisers hit the ground running in 2016
February 01, 2016

The Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers has hit the ground running in 2016. The successes of 2015 still resonate strongly within the club.Vive Le Vin was an outstanding success, as...

Opinion: Criticism is for theatre, not good government
January 26, 2016

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend four hours sharpening the axe.” Preparation is everything.I am reminded of a resident...

Opinion: From a war zone to the warm heart of cold Canada
January 18, 2016

The recent media attention surrounding sponsoring Syrian refugees to Sudbury coincided with an anniversary I had almost forgotten — the 30th anniversary of my own arrival in Canada in one...

Reaching Everest: Can a strategic plan birth 10,000 jobs?
January 06, 2016

I am a big fan of insightful and comprehensive community economic plans. I have chaired or participated in at least four such plans for the City of Greater Sudbury since...

Paris Agreement: Let’s get it right for the planet
December 22, 2015

After nearly two decades of international negotiations, the Paris Agreement formally adopted on Dec. 12 set into motion an ambitious global process of accelerated action to avoid catastrophic changes in our global...

If ‘Home Alone’ were real, would Harry and Marv survive?
December 22, 2015

Macaulay Culkin recently reprised his role as Kevin McCallister from the Home Alone franchise in an online short that explores the character’s struggles as an adult.Haunted by his Christmas abandonments and...

Christmas mourning: Finding the light in the darkness
December 16, 2015

On Dec. 6, 400 people gathered at the Marguerite and Gerry Lougheed Community Centre. They were attending the Christmas Service of Remembrance for the newly bereaved this year. Over 20...

Tory leader blowing hot air about the North, Duguid says
December 11, 2015

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown recently attempted to spread false information about our government’s economic development support in Sudbury and Northern Ontario. Perhaps Mr. Brown is unaware that under the...

Opinion: City council’s Year One accomplishments
December 11, 2015

As we approach the New Year, it is important to reflect on the progress and achievements of the Greater Sudbury city council. There have been a number of important changes...

Tech-savvy guest conductor wows symphony crowd
December 07, 2015

A near-capacity crowd filled Glad Tidings Church on Nov. 28 to hear a selection of holiday classics and music often associated with the Christmas season. As in previous years, the...

Sunrisers pitching in with annual Fill A Crib campaign
December 07, 2015

It can happen to all of us, please don’t kid yourself, says Dedee Flietstra, executive director of the Infant Food Bank.Last year, the Infant Food Bank, in conjunction with the...

Kirwan defends his vote on ward funds
December 01, 2015

During the City Council meeting held on November 24, 2015, City Council unanimously passed a motion to transfer the HCI funds and administration to the Leisure Services Department.Following the meeting,...

NEO Kids – Its time has come
November 05, 2015

It’s hard to fathom that 25 per cent of northeastern Ontario’s population is under 18 (110,000) and thousands of these young, vulnerable citizens are being shipped out every hour of...

Rotary Club ready to uncork this year’s Vive Le Vin
November 04, 2015

The Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers has been extremely busy this fall preparing for our annual fundraiser, Vive Le Vin, which is set for Nov. 21 at the Caruso Club....

A Year in Review
November 03, 2015

It’s been just over a year that I, along with council, was elected, and I couldn’t be prouder. I have a great team, and we have accomplished and seen so...

Council of Canadians: That one vote is important
October 19, 2015

In the old days, if a man wanted to show what he believed, he stood up and he was counted. He stood with those who agreed with him and the...

Is it time to overhaul the electoral system?
October 16, 2015

There is a groundswell among the political parties, a recognition that something is amiss with our electoral system. The courts have assigned criminal guilt to the robocall scandal of the...

Why can’t I cut down a tree on my front lawn?
October 15, 2015

If you have been told that you cannot cut down a tree in your yard, it may be because it is on the city’s right of way and is protected...

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