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Invitation to community to help shape Cochrane’s future by setting council priorities

What an honour it is to serve as one of your elected representatives on Cochrane’s Town Council and to have the privilege of helping shape Cochrane’s future by setting priorities.

How Canada’s Indian Act destroyed direct democracy

The foundation of Western democratic governance is the participation of the people in the political process through representative democracy.
Silence, yes, but not always

Silence, yes, but not always

There was lots of reader interest in last week’s column on the ancient wisdom of “a time to keep silence.
Silence, Lent and Stoney way

Silence, Lent and Stoney way

“For everything there is a season,” the oft-quoted wisdom declares; “a time to be born, and a time to die; … a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-7).
Seeing life in a new light

Seeing life in a new light

"Oh, what a beautiful work of art you are!” said the critic to the image.

Council begins process that will craft community vision

How do you think Cochrane and area will look in the year 2050? What kind of community do you want your kids and grandkids to have in the future? It’s time for our community to start thinking seriously about these questions.

This victim refused to be held hostage to hate and revenge

Several conversations I’ve had recently around truth and reconciliation have reminded me of one of the first Bible stories I learned as a child. I wrote about it in a column 15 years ago.
Jack Frost’s zoo

Jack Frost’s zoo

I have a visual artist friend whose seasonal work I’ve long admired. He has the gift of transforming the chilling moments of life’s panes into experiences of heart-warming beauty and inspiration.
Councillor taking it to the ropes for women's empowerment

Councillor taking it to the ropes for women's empowerment

Boxing Beauties Week 1 “I can’t understand why you would sign up to take a punch.” It was a bemused comment from a friend when I mentioned I had signed up for the Boxing Beauties charity match hosted by Rival Boxing in support of Big Hill Haven.
Jack Frost really loves us!

Jack Frost really loves us!

Poets couldn’t have proclaimed their Valentine’s Day love for our community more eloquently than Jack Frost has on our windows the past few days.