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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Flying Air Canada… If you’re lucky

I have always been proud of Air Canada. Whenever I see their jets on the runway or in the air, I always get a stirring inside me, similar to the patriotic feeling that I get when I see the Canadian flag flying in a foreign country. I guess that is

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – The precarious rise of Dixie

Being a Civil War buff, I have often ventured into the Heart of Dixie with an historian’s eye. The American southeast, or the Confederate States as they were then, were devastated by the Civil War, particularly by Sherman’s destructive ‘March to the Sea,’ where the army set out to destroy

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – The news that still needs to be told

  Bill Nye, ‘The Science Guy,’ did a stint on John Oliver’s late night show Last Week Tonight to talk about carbon taxes and climate change. He did an adult version of his iconic science show as a skit. He angrily stated, “By the end of this century, if emissions

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Hawaii as the new green oasis

Hawaii is a spectacular chain of islands with beautiful beaches, mountains, and exotic flowers. This is why one and a half million people call it home and 10 million more visit each year. But being out in the Pacific, 3,900 kilometres from the California coast, has its drawbacks. The islands

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – China and trade

  China is having a fight with Canada. We detained Meng Wanzhou for the Americans, because they want her to be extradited to the United States to face charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She also happens to be the deputy chairwoman and chief financial officer of China’s largest

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Monarchs in paradise

  This winter, in a garden in Hawaii, I was checking out all of the exotic plants, when I was astonished to see a monarch butterfly. It was gracefully floating around, as if it was the most natural thing in the world for such a butterfly to be on an

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Canada Goose and the new fashion victims

  The late 70s was definitely a difficult time for this gangly and pimply teenager, who had no fashion sense and was living in the bush north of Lake Superior. Disco was all the rage in the far-off southern cities, and the fashions and clothes reflected this. I can vividly

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Guns and greed

Growing up in the bush North of Lake Superior, I, like many others, went hunting. When I turned 15, after taking the hunter safety course, I bought a 410 shot gun, then got a small game licence and went hunting for partridge. I would come home from school and go

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More stars than there is sand on the Earth

This winter, we took a trip to Hawaii. We ended up out on the lava rock during a solar eclipse, watching the slow progression of the earth’s shadow across the moon. We had the leisure of watching the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time. Clear skies and no

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Linear prairies of Ontario

Last summer, I drove across the vast and incredible Prairies. I was amazed to see unending fields of bright yellow canola and soft green wheat. Being a horticulturist, I marvelled at the beautiful rich black soil and at the way our farmers grow such bountiful crops. They even grew hay

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Jeff Scott: The Countryside View – Time for Kingston to rename Highways 2, 15 and 38

Kingston is an old city. It has been settled for over three hundred years now, and has been prospering, expanding and changing ever since. The best way to understand these changes is through the names of the city’s streets. Right at the start of it all, in the core of

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