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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 – 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 – 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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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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Roundabouts: A Great Idea Comes Back Around

Written by Jeff Scott Back in 1985, when I moved to Kingston after completing college, I was perplexed to hear Kingstonians give directions to businesses near an area called the Traffic Circle. There was no traffic circle in Kingston that I knew of. It was a friend who had gone

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In Pursuit of Justice for Countryside

Horace Rumpole of the Bailey inspired a light-hearted approach to 2017. Rumpole is often seen embracing and defending the figure of Justice. Since the 16th Century she is usually shown blindfolded to ensure impartiality, holding a sword and scales. As with Rumpole, I applaud our mayor as he continues to

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Coalition of Kingston Communities Voice Concerns Over Procedure for Filling Council Vacancy

Dear Mayor Paterson, In keeping with the mission of the Coalition of Kingston Communities, that is, “to improve processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff,” I am writing to you to respectfully request that you decide to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy on

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Selecting a New Councillor for Countryside District

Just prior to the holiday break, on December 19th, Richard Allen announced his resignation as the Councillor for Countryside district, citing possible conflict of interest stemming from his new position as Manager for Economic Development with the County of Frontenac, as well as added family responsibilities associated with the anticipation

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Referendum to Decide Fate of Casino

When Kingstonians head to the polls during next Fall’s municipal election, the seats occupied by Councillors and the Mayor may not be the only things decided by voters. Last week, council unanimously voted in favour of conducting a referendum to decide, once and for all, what position the City of

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