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Queen's Park Report

by Ted Arnott, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP

Back to work

With the Ontario Legislature sitting again, Members of Provincial Parliament are returning to Queen’s Park in Toronto to continue debating Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government agenda. 

And there is much to debate.

In recent months, the Liberals have been overwhelmed by historically low approval ratings and by-election losses in seats that had ...

Split Decision

by Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik

Wi-fi on school buses

Kids need mental break

The Wellington Catholic District School Board is bringing wi-fi onto school buses for a three-bus pilot project.

Students from communities such as Arthur, Elora and Mount Forest will now be able to access the internet on their way to and from school.

The bus route I took to both ...

Thorning Revisited

by Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015

New Fergus hospital well supported by communities

The following is a re-print of a past column by former Advertiser columnist Stephen Thorning, who passed away on Feb. 23, 2015. Some text has been updated to reflect changes since the original publication and any images used may not be the same as those that accompanied the original publication.

Wellington ...

WriteOut of Her Mind

by Kelly Waterhouse

Sunshine & time

I am happy to report that the Family Day weekend was a smashing success in my household.

With its warm temperatures and a Monday off, the long weekend in February was exactly what the doctor ordered to bring some enthusiasm to our lives. Seriously, even the moody teenagers had fun. The ...



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Ted Arnott, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP
Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik
Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015
Kelly Waterhouse

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Bits and Pieces

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  • Digital pantomime
  • Connect the dots
  • Generation gap
  • Little things
  • Tylenol kick
  • This Little Piggy
  • Nature's best
  • Canada's Business

  • The decline of civility
  • Irrational exuberance II
  • Speak up
  • An enduring register
  • A government assessment after one year in office
  • Gauge signals
  • Unpatriotic
  • Inevitable
  • Comment from Ottawa

  • The Syria question
  • Reflecting on 2016
  • Open, transparent combat mission?
  • Bad for businesses
  • Have your voice heard on electoral reform
  • Open and transparent?
  • Assisted dying
  • Leadership bid
  • Life-wise

  • Retirement
  • Canadas scarcity of calamity
  • Often we mirror our parents
  • Putting up with put-downs
  • A tale of two landlords
  • A letter from the campsite
  • Two shades of black
  • Precious memories
  • Queen's Park Report

  • Merry Christmas
  • Remembering them
  • High-cost hydro
  • Six important issues
  • Emancipation Day
  • Great Lakes
  • Happy Canada Day
  • Support for Chong
  • Special to the Advertiser

  • Death of JFK changed the world
  • Split Decision

  • Rental fees for community groups
  • Municipal tax increases
  • Selling naming rights for public facilities
  • Kevin O’Leary enters leadership race
  • Politicians on social media
  • The flu shot
  • The Hillsburgh library and mill pond
  • New Year's resolutions
  • Staying Connected

  • It’s all about staying connected.
  • Stray Casts

  • Final lines: Its been great
  • Thorning Revisited

  • Fergus beer brewing business ended with a bang
  • Town of Fergus’ first brewery opened in 1867
  • Crayons manufactured in Palmerston in 1950s
  • Accidents plagued Grand Trunk Railway after 1900
  • Two infants killed in 1903 train wreck near Ponsonby
  • Four Elora newspapers vied for readers’ attention in 1873
  • Many newspapers born and died in north Wellington
  • First of 50 Wellington newspapers published in 1842
  • Valuing Our History

  • Railway passenger service waxed and waned over the 1900s
  • Tanner’s woolen mill in Mount Forest burned twice in a year
  • Elora principal George Edgcumbe ended his career in disgrace
  • Peter Perry a memorable principal of Fergus High School
  • Fire gutted Fergus building owned by Robert Kerr in 1931
  • George L.A. Thomson enjoyed career with American railroads
  • Department of Highways vowed to keep roads open in 1931
  • J.B. Perry of Fergus penned most successful local book of 1920s
  • WriteOut of Her Mind

  • Family time - or else
  • It still means everything
  • Supreme embarrassment
  • Slay the dragon
  • Heart and sole
  • Casablanca
  • Killer Queen
  • Write it down
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