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: Spring into a new day: Happy Naw Ruz!
April 10, 2014

Spring has sprung! It’s clear after a bitterly cold winter, many of us have impatiently awaited its arrival, when the stillness of a snow-covered city melts away and vibrant life...

Column: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you
April 09, 2014

“Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you” is a common and fairly simple concept, and yet it can have so much meaning.This month, school officials, school...

Liberal candidate vows he won't 'go negative' if he wins nomination
February 12, 2014

By Andrew OlivierIt’s a little more than a month since I announced I want to be Sudbury’s next member of provincial parliament, and that I would seek the nomination for...

Olympic spirit encourages us to enjoy local winter sports
February 07, 2014

Yes, it has been cold out, but there’s something about winter that makes our city seem warm, even in the coldest months. As we settle in to watch the Sochi...

Play: A study in movement
January 22, 2014

At Charles C. McLean Public School, the children were rolling. They rolled various sized balls down a ramp, a small hill and a larger hill.Teacher Robyn Best and early childhood...

From airplanes to aviation design
January 16, 2014

Children’s learning is shaped by their experiences. Four- and five-year-olds arrive at school as unique individuals with different interests. In school, however, friends play a big role in shaping the...

Sudburians escape Thailand as anti-government protesters shut down city
January 16, 2014

TASMANIA — Even before we left the Sudbury chill Dec. 8, 2013, my wife Linda and I knew of the protests breaking out around Bangkok. Thailand.Normally known as “the Land...

Fifty years in the making
December 24, 2013

Yes, it’s true! On Dec. 28, my husband Alex and I celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. We were married 50 years ago on Saturday.Both of us were 22 years old...

Matichuk: City took major strides forward in 2013
December 22, 2013

By Marianne MatichukWhile 2013 has been an exciting and challenging year for our great city, we should all be proud of what we have been able to achieve. Greater Sudbury...

Coping with a blue Christmas not always easy
December 12, 2013

My father died last year on Dec. 16. My mother died seven years ago. At age 60, I have become an orphan.Regardless of my parents’ ages or illnesses, their presence...

Medical research institute breeding success
December 05, 2013

In December, the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC) will celebrate the first anniversary of its launch in Greater Sudbury. The timing could not be better. Greater Sudbury is...

Me, my wedding and JFK
November 21, 2013

November 22, 1963. It’s a date engraved in my mind. It has been 50 years since this horrible event occurred. I’ll bet you know what you were doing when you...

Almost Finland: Onaping club turns 40
November 13, 2013

It all began with a small group of very dedicated and enthusiastic cross-country skiers led by Andy Ranta who saw this area as a great place to have ski...

Retirement indeed has its benefits
November 06, 2013

Freedom! Now, what shall I do today? There are so many possibilities I scarcely know where to begin.I have been retired from teaching for 17 years now. My lifestyle has...

Protecting your wishes when you die
November 06, 2013

Between Thanksgiving and the holiday season, this time of year can be a little hectic. Family visits involve planning meals, cleaning, cooking, baking, entertaining and more cleaning.Though family time is...

Have you been touched by an angel?
October 31, 2013

How can I say “thank you” to those who made a difference during my cancer treatment?If you or a loved one has ever been a patient at the Northeast Cancer...

In leadership, youth has courage cornered
October 23, 2013

We have a tendency to use buzzwords to describe leadership. We try to describe leaders as possessing specific qualities or traits. However, it seems as if the greatest leaders all...

New arena would bring many benefits
October 21, 2013

Greater Sudbury city council was recently presented with the opportunity to build a new community arena and entertainment centre to replace the aging downtown Sudbury Community Arena.As you know, council...

Great leaders know they don’t know everything
October 17, 2013

Here’s what I know about community development: not very much. Knowing that I know only a small fraction about the subject at hand and how to make it happen (whether...

Butterfly Wings: Support after the death of a child
October 15, 2013

Hopes and dreams of a future with a new baby is an exciting and normal part of pregnancy. For some families though, those hopes and dreams are shattered in an...

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