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Michael Atkins

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.

The speed of change is numbing

When I was 11 or 12 and living in Toronto I acquired a tiny crystal radio set which could keep me entertained for hours, mostly under the covers at night long after I was supposed to be asleep.

So who are we going to be now?

There is a term which more or less began with Karl Marx and his Communist Manifesto and went on to be popularized by Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian-American economist of some renown.

Yes, we need a third-party financial manager

Unless you have been on holiday in the Himalayas without access to a cell phone, newspapers, computers, or television and radio signals, you have learned about the appalling living conditions in Attawapiskat.