A federal election this October has me replaying these words in my head. Let them get stuck in yours: “When I was a child, I sang the anthem with pride. It stood for justice, peace, and human rights. It stood for the holy rolling hills and a home for all walks of life. And it must again, for my children, and theirs.”

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Some days, nothing goes right. Other days you find an unchewed piece of gum on the floor of your car and the whole day is a winner.

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The federal government stepping in to save the 50-million tree program reeks of pandering and vote buying. Does that mean the money won’t be accepted? Hardly, but hopefully people will see it for what it is.

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It’s curious that on the eve of another election season, the Liberals have suddenly doused themselves in patchouli, donned their hemp headbands and become environmental champions. Don’t forget that these are the same Liberals that purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline. Can’t have it both ways Justin.

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And just like that, it was summer.

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When it comes to matters of the environment, some people are willing to listen, learn, take responsibility and adapt. Others will continue to practice thoughtless consumerism clinging to the belief that humanity can survive all situations. It’s ironic that the actions of the former could ultimately save the latter.

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The unexpected closing of the Williamsburg landfill puts South Dundas in a tough predicament. But make no mistake, this is an opportunity for a community to innovate, collaborate and create a shining example of responsible stewardship.

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The government of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $1 million in 20 craft brewer projects according to a press release. They may not agree on climate change, but our two governments can break bread over beer. Priorities run amok.

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Avoid speeding. Increasing your highway cruising speed from 90 to 120-kilometres-per-hour can raise fuel consumption as much as 20 per cent. You can improve your gas mileage 10 to 15 per cent by driving at 104 kilometres-per-hour. So increasing speed limits on 400 series highways does not help anyone unless you are selling gas or coffins.

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The last good thing that may happen in a person’s life is a hospice volunteer.

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Your friends who work 40 plus hours a week are not avoiding you, they are just tired.

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Dreams don’t work unless you do.

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Nothing smells better than freshly turned dirt and the first lilacs of the season.

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A new soccer season is upon us. It’s always amazing to look behind the competitive spirit of every player and still see the child that just wanted to play and be part of the team.

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There is a song called “Highway to Hell” and another named “Stairway to Heaven.” Someone must have felt there would be more traffic going down than up.