pride-regThis weekend Grey Bruce Pride is hosting the 10th anniversary Pride Weekend Celebration for the LGBTQ+ community as well as families, friends and allies.  On Saturday June 13, the events will be at Harrison Park in Owen Sound, beginning at 3:00 with a magic and music performance with Richard Knechtel (also known as Dickie Bird) accompanied by face painting and other children's craft activities. The 5:00 p.m. barbecue will be followed by a live performance with Charlie Glasspool and Vandeleur. All events are by donation.

On Sunday June 14, the "Pride" movie, based on a true story about the alliance between striking miners and their LGBT supporters in 1984, will be shown at The Roxy in downtown Owen Sound. Doors open at 12:30.

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Cathy-Hird-paths-featBy Cathy Hird

On Tuesday June 2nd, the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission will deliver its final report. For five years, the commissioners have been hearing stories of the loss and the abuse that took place in these schools. The final report will include recommendations for building a new relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in our country.

When Prime Minister Steven Harper apologized on behalf of Canada for the residential school system, this commission was established to help us live into our apology. In a moment, I will give an excerpt from that text, but first let me tell you why this matters to me.

I worked as a minister at Neyaashiinigmiing, Cape Croker. During my time there, a number of people shared with me their experience of residential school. I never asked, I never thought to ask, but these were stories that people needed to share. People spoke of the severe corporal punishment they experienced. They spoke of the pain of isolation from family and community. They smiled when they told of the small ways that they could defy the systematic attempts to rid them of Aboriginal ways and manage to hold on to pieces of their cultural heritage, their language, their identity. They wept when they stumbled to express the experience of sexual abuse.

hummus-regby Anne Finlay-Stewart

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) does periodic testing of products sold in Canada, whether they are processed in this country or not. When samples test positive for bacteria which can cause human illness, CFIA may recall the product, asking retailers and consumers to discard it for safety.

The President's Choice Moroccan-style Hummus with a best before date of June 14, 2015 is one such food product. The public was warned not to eat it when the recall was announced Monday. Unfortunately, one of our staff ate it last Thursday. He has spent the last three days wondering why he felt so miserable. The information in the recall notice might, or might not, have given him the answer.

"Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur."

women-in-house-feat"Women belong in the House ...of Commons" Agnes Macphail

How could a girl from Proton Township in Grey County grow up to become the first woman elected to Canadian parliament in 1921?

75 people gathered at the Stone Tree in Owen Sound on May 19 to learn about Agnes Macphail's remarkable journey from a log cabin in Proton Township to the House of Commons in Ottawa and then into our history books. The early years were presented by Dr. Donna Mann, whose research, writing, and efforts to mark sites important in the life of Agnes Macphail earned her the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Marjorie Davison, in character as Agnes, told of Macphail's isolation in the House of Commons and feisty responses to insults. She described Macphail's work over nineteen years as an M.P. before defeat in 1940, and her later election as a member of provincial parliament in 1943.

be-a-donor-regby Anne Finlay-Stewart

The Grey-Bruce "Transplant Trot" is being held Saturday, May 30 at Kelso Beach. This is why that is important.

(Originally published in the Sun Times in 2012 as one of my "Orange Crate" columns.)

"MULDER, Arthur - 76 went in peace to be with his Lord on Feb. 7, 2012, at his home in Owen Sound after a 24 year extension of life thanks to his Heart Transplant in 1988. Art was born on Mar. 13, 1935 in Holland and became a proud Canadian in 1953... Art started work in construction and then took up farming in Bruce County until his retirement due to health concerns which lead to his Heart Transplant. Art spent the next 24 years being busier than ever, sailing as always, learning to play the violin and ...


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