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: Supporting United Way an opportunity for all -
September 11, 2014

Yesterday, we officially launched the 2014 Campaign.Accepting the position as the 2014 Campaign Chair was both an honour and a privilege for me. United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts continues...

Column: Everything you ever wanted to know about Rotary (mostly)
August 13, 2014

By way of introduction, we are the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers. We are part of a worldwide organization of more than 34,000 clubs made up of individuals who channel...

Summer blockbusters: Big booms and bad games
July 24, 2014

It's summertime, and for movies that means large men with large guns, causing large explosions. The film industry always takes advantage of the summer months to show their big guns....

The best gift card is a signed donation card
July 22, 2014

My ten-inch head navigated the four-inch birth canal (who said God doesn’t have a sense of humour). My maternity moment created the calendar celebration of my birthdate on July 29.Although...

The electric smart car has arrived
July 19, 2014

I've just welcomed a recent addition to my personal carbon footprint protection plan. Smarty 2 is my new all electric Smart For Two car. What this means is that I...

Column: MP supports voting reform
July 17, 2014

Last week I signed the politician’s pledge with Fair Vote Canada. It has been demonstrated so clearly that our “first-past-the-post” election rules serve neither democracy nor voters. As the rules...

Column: Sudburian 'lost her heart' at Kenyan children's home
June 20, 2014

Not that she ever smiled at us.With the other children though, shy hand shakes quickly turned into boisterous laughter, requests for piggy back rides, hugs, group book reading, homework sessions,...

Column: Ontario Liberals can’t do math
May 09, 2014

It’s going to be a record year, but not in a good way.In 2014 Greater Sudbury will have more water main breaks than ever before. Almost every day it seems...

Column: Mining Week showcases city's past and future
May 02, 2014

Since the first nickel and copper discoveries almost 140 years ago, Sudbury has evolved from a simple mining community into an internationally renowned, Canadian mining showcase and one of the...

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...

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