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Michael Atkins

Idle no more…and it will take more

Idle no more…and it will take more

Notwithstanding Stephen Harper’s habit of going for the jugular (i.e.
Thank God for Glen R. Murray

Thank God for Glen R. Murray

I can hear the gnashing of teeth from Sparks Street in Ottawa to Ouellette Avenue in downtown Windsor. Yes, that would be the MPPs for the Liberal Party of Ontario. The cabinet ministers would add genuine fear to the grinding of teeth.
Taking advantage of the madness afoot

Taking advantage of the madness afoot

We are in an odd position in Ontario. The current government is nominally in charge but has no authority to do anything. There is a lame-duck premier and no parliament.
Responding to the age of austerity

Responding to the age of austerity

The province of Ontario is broke. The Canadian government, while certainly not broke, is cutting back substantially on program spending. It wants less government for financial and ideological reasons. Northern Ontario is going to get hammered.

A small step forward for the North

I have been recommending the establishment of something like a Northern Policy Institute (NPI) since I was a little boy in short pants.

A Summer Report from the Tantramar

I’ve been driving by the Tantramar Marshes for 64 years. In the early years, we moved through the marsh at about 35 miles per hour in a Morris Minor (an actual English car that worked). The best feature of that car was the smell of real leather.

A celebration of good health and good cheer

With nothing better to do a few weekends ago I made a quick calculation of how many hours I’ve worked since launching Northern Life newspaper in Sudbury in the fall of 1973.

When I’m sixty-four

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out 'til quarter to three, would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'

Success is measured by the quality of succession

Occasionally, we do the right thing in Northern Ontario. We focus on the right stuff, stay with it, attract broad-based support, stop competing with one another long enough to get something done and we move the hash marks forward.

Will it be the violins or the oars?

It was greatly anticipated, widely commented on, had our attention for a few days, and then receded back into the ether as quickly as it arrived.