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Michael Atkins

Welcome to the Zero Cost Marginal Society

Welcome to the Zero Cost Marginal Society

I was in Ottawa a while back to celebrate Christmas with our employees at Conceptshare Inc. and found myself face to face with the new and rapidly expanding “sharing economy.
Ron Heale: the wildest accountant I ever knew

Ron Heale: the wildest accountant I ever knew

My friend died a few weeks ago battling for life the way he lived it: full throttle. I met Ron in the fall of 1973. I was the editor of the Manitoulin Expositor. I didn’t know anyone in Sudbury and needed an accountant. Someone recommended Ron.
NPI: a small miracle for Northern Ontario

NPI: a small miracle for Northern Ontario

My love affair with Northern Ontario started in a small dingy office in the Port Arthur Post Office next door to Michael Gravelle, our current minister of Northern Development and Mines. It was 1971.
Sault Ste. Marie: another visionary 100 years later

Sault Ste. Marie: another visionary 100 years later

I bought my first denim grocery bag the other day in Sault Ste. Marie. Not only does it match my jeans and carry vegetables and my favourite Häagen-Dazs peanut butter ice cream, it has a pocket on the outside for car keys.
Will it be apple fritters or just frittering?

Will it be apple fritters or just frittering?

I still think about apple fritters. Actually, whenever I drive by a Timmy’s I think of them and find my mouth watering at the thought. They are wonderful.
From the riverboat to the Brenda Wallace Reading Room

From the riverboat to the Brenda Wallace Reading Room

When I was in my teens in the 1960s, I used to steal away from Don Mills, Canada’s first completely planned and boring community, and go downtown to Yorkville in Toronto where something really seemed to be happening.
A trip down memory lane: an island

A trip down memory lane: an island

It’s been a long time since I took a little time out waiting for the old swing bridge at Little Current, Manitoulin Island to grant me access to this fantastic “largest freshwater lake island in the world.
Occasionally you have to pay for what you need

Occasionally you have to pay for what you need

It was a modest start, but my fabulous career at the CBC began at the old Parliament Street radio studio in Toronto where each Friday night the Nimmons “N” Nine Jazz Trio played a fantastic live jazz concert.
From Olympic grandeur to fish hut ingenuity

From Olympic grandeur to fish hut ingenuity

A couple of weeks ago the Laurentian School of Architecture held an auction; for fish huts. I can’t tell you much about it because as of this writing it hasn’t actually happened.
Santa Claus was not amused

Santa Claus was not amused

As I watch the January spring rain pelt the window pane it is hard to imagine just two weeks ago there was a good-sized tree sitting on the back of my car, electrical wires down at both ends of the street and Santa’s milk and cookies only half eaten.