Triple the Fun at Dokis Summerfest

Dokis Summerfest Logo 2013

Imagine hitting a single while a live band plays a cover of the latest hit single in the background. That’s the atmosphere the participants of Dokis Summerfest get to enjoy every year. Since 2011, this annual community event has been rocking a July weekend with family-friendly activities that have been attracting more and more people. The grounds of […]

What’s Bugging Me Right Now: An Annual Message to Politicians

These protesters in Toronto are sending their own type of what's bugging me right now message to politicians!

Over the past few years, it’s become a bit of an annual tradition for me to get in touch with my elected representatives to let them know what’s bugging me right now, this year, this month, last night, and next year. I send this to my MP and MPP, without any regard for whether the items on my […]

Canada Post Fakes Death to Commit Suicide

Rural Canada Post office

Contents This article contains the following sections: Money Talks: Dollars and Deceptions Transition Time: Letters versus Parcels More Services, Reasonable Prices: A Better Business Strategy Home Delivery: Thinking Outside the PO Box Madness to the Method: Fixed and Pre-Determined Results Intentional Anti-Solution: Corporate Favouritism, Privatisation Links and Sources Old news. Canada Post dropped a bomb of an announcement […]

The Pressing Case for a Nuclear Weapons Ban

Black and white image of the large cloud of smoke that formed over Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped.

Contents This article contains the following sections: Global Security Effects of Detonation Production and Testing Nuclear Weapons Ban Links and Sources Earlier this month, we commemorated the devastating events which occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 — the detonation of nuclear bombs on August 6 and 9 that instantly or eventually killed hundreds of thousands of […]

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French River Area Outdoor Summer Events

French River area outdoor summer events include the Dokis First Nation Powwow, where this wood-carved eagle was seen.

With all the tempting French River area outdoor summer events going on all the time, it can be tough deciding what to do on a summer weekend, especially if you’re like me and want to do it all. How to choose between the plethora of activities and events happening in the area and our usual backcountry trip? Well, […]

Tips for Identifying Milk Snakes (Rattlesnake Comparison)

Milk snake seen while hiking on the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney

We saw this milk snake during a week-long trek on the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park: And this milk snake was spotted just over a month later in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, near Mattawa: These beauties may look a little like rattlers, but milk snakes are actually harmless. They do rattle their tails against […]

Land of the Voyageurs Rubber Boots Festival

Rubber Boots Festival logo: A green cartoon rubber boot with its tongue hanging out, its eyebrows raised, and a red maple leaf-shaped tuft of hair.

As an organizer of the Land of the Voyageurs Rubber Boots Festival for two consecutive years, I certainly had my hands full! Of course I had a blast at both events, and I gained some valuable experience along the way. Here is an interview I did to help promote the Rubber Boots Festival this year: Rubber Boots Signify […]

Farming in the North: The Poultry Problem

Farming in the north is more challenging, so sign on to the We Want Northern Chicken campaign to ask for fairer marketing board rules!

In the French River area as in the rest of Northern Ontario, chicken farmers (and their egg and dairy counterparts) are faced with challenges unknown to Southern neighbours, but yet must play the same game. The rule makers are concerned with profits, not food security. And so, farming in the north is more difficult than many people may […]

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