Editor's Notebook

From cowards to coffee

I was surprised to get an e-mail last week from the Seaforth Medical Clinic. It is holding clinics during May and June for patients currently without a family doctor.

I wondered: How come Seaforth has doctors without enough to do while ours are swamped?

 A phone call set me straight. The Family Health Team there has locums on a temporary basis; Seaforth would also like to convince some of them to stay.

Anyway, if you are an orphan patient and need to see a doctor, you can set up an appointment by phoning 519-527-1770.


Congratulations to everyone who helped clean-up the community last week as part of Earth Week.

Most people in this country seem to be far ahead of our politicians when it comes to cleaning up the environment.


“The world is changing and so must we,” says Premier Dalton McGuinty.

He used that line at lunch Friday to justify his government’s Green Energy Act and the imposition of the harmonization of the sales tax with the federal GST.

Ontario has survived two World Wars and a depression because the people of the province worked together. The province can survive the current economic downturn the same way, said the premier.

McGuinty was the guest speaker at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) convention in Toronto.

The breakfast speaker was Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Both men, by the way, look and sound much better in person than they do on television.

the joys of travel

Easter in Regina.

What could be more fun?

Dana and I flew out early last week from Toronto to see our new granddaughter, who turned three weeks of age this past Saturday.

While waiting in the check-in line at the airport, the fellow behind us struck up a conversation.

He grew up in Halifax  but moved to Saskatoon two years ago to accept a job. He said Saskatchewan is booming with workers coming in from all parts of the world. He can't understand why the government doesn't buy a few plane tickets for unemployed workers in Ontario and down east to allow them to head west to find work.

The cruelest month

April is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land. – T.S. Eliott

I remember those lines from my school days and they make a lot of sense, especially after Monday’s snow storm.

But I shouldn’t complain about a few inches of snow at the end of a long winter.

Thirty-four years ago, April had a much nastier start.

The big dome idea

Approximately 30 years ago, I wrote a story about Arab oil interests buying up Kincardine lakeshore property.

They planned to erect a huge dome and  hotel complex  along the lakeshore and turn the area into an exotic winter vacation spot for wealthy citizens from the oil producing states. The dome would be heated by steam from the nuclear plant which would also be used to keep the B-Line free of snow during the winter.

Inside the dome, it would be like summer. Outside the dome, you could enjoy a refreshing Bruce County winter if you so desired.

Nothing came of the idea and I’d like to be able to say it is still in the works – but it is not.

It's a dog's life

It’s sad but true. For many couples, dogs are more important than children.

Some dog owners believe their pets can take the place of children.

Why have a child when you can treat a dog like your kid?

That’s why we have stores for dogs, doggy day care, dog whisperers, dog sitting services. Dogs are a big expense for some people.

Which brings us to the dog park that a group in Kincardine would like council to set up.

There are apparently 1,500 dog parks in North America so Kincardine is perhaps a little slow getting into the game.

People take their dogs to such parks where they can run loose and socialize with others of their species. I suppose that means a place to freely defecate, fornicate and exercise the olfactory glands. Which raises a serious question: will children need eye cover to gain admittance?

And what about dogs that fight? Will psychopathic dogs be allowed?

Connecting the dots

You have to love politicians.

Times might be tough, but at the provincial and federal level there is always money to sprinkle around.

Saturday morning MP Ben Lobb forked over $15,785 to the Kincardine Area Seniors Advisory/Action Committee. The money is to allow the committee to teach seniors how to use the computer.

And that of course, is so much fluff. I’m sure anyone who really wants to learn the computer could do so without the help of KASAAC.

If I ever get the chance to retire, the last thing I want to play with is a computer.

But if the feds want to give away money, Kincardine might as well get its share.

Lobb said the government will be announcing the Rink Program this week to allow communities to make upgrades to existing rinks. Those grants are capped at $1 million per project.

The Davidson Centre would fit right in with that program.

A great escape

With A the roads dry, Dana and I made the great escape from Kincardine Saturday.

First stop was the farmers’ market at the north end of Waterloo and then we lunched in St. Jacobs before heading to Guelph where we spent the night.

From the daily newspapers and the television news, I know that the world’s economy is faltering badly.

But that’s not the impression one gets when travelling around the province. The market was jam packed with people and the Stone Road Mall in Guelph was in the same state.

While many people are losing their jobs, many Canadians seem to be doing their best to keep the economy going.

I’d like to believe the same could be said for the federal government and the opposition - unfortunately I don’t get that impression. Both the Conservatives and Liberals seem to be more worried about being positioned for the next election than pulling the government out of recession.


Making time stop


Some people are strong willed.

Agnes MacDonald died Friday, Feb. 13 - just about the time her grandfather clock stopped.

The story starts about 10 years ago when Nancy McKinley, a financial advisor, met Agnes through business. They became good friends and when Agnes’s sister died, Agnes asked Nancy to look after her legal affairs. Since that would be a conflict of interest, Nancy had to end the business relationship. However, the friendship continued and Agnes was just like part of the family.

How about a positive addiction

Do you ever wonder how many lives are ruined each year by addictions?

According to the Medical Officer of Health's report to the Grey Bruce Health Unit board Friday,

methamphetamine use is a significant public health risk and has a devastating and far-reaching

community impact beyond what is seen with other substance abuse.

Sharing equipment to inject or smoke crystal meth increases the risk of blood borne infections such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C. Unsafe sex practices and the associated risk for sexually transmitted infections increase when under the influence of methamphetamine.

Public health is part of a steering committee to assess the nature and extent of the problem and a

report is expected in March.

Most people are more familiar with the addiction to alcohol and the problems it causes.