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Split Decision

by Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik

Trudeau’s ethics violation

Lesser of two evils

The conflict of interest and ethics commissioner’s ruling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2016 Christmas vacation in the Bahamas was like getting a lump of coal in your stocking.

It sucks, but what do you do with it?

In December, the ethics commissioner found Trudeau broke multiple conflict laws ...

Thorning Revisited

by Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015

Fires at Mundell factory marked end of an era

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.


(This is ...

WriteOut of Her Mind

by Kelly Waterhouse

The beacon

The Christmas tree is down and the ornaments and decorations are put away until next year, when we’ll  play the “where are the Christmas stockings?” game again.

Every reminder of the holiday is gone except one: the tacky orange and gold ornamental lamp coated in glitter and tiny white lights stands ...



Community Guide Winter 2017


Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik
Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015
Kelly Waterhouse

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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

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

  • Death of JFK changed the world
  • Split Decision

  • Christmas: home or away?
  • Mayor’s alternate at county council
  • Russian athletes in the Olympics
  • Swastika Trail
  • Municipal surveys
  • New dog licensing in Erin
  • LCBO-run marijuana stores
  • Adolescent trick-or-treating
  • Staying Connected

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

  • Final lines: Its been great
  • Thorning Revisited

  • Employment at factory never reached pre-war levels
  • Furniture big business in Elora under John C. Mundell
  • Mundell’s furniture factory began operation in 1851
  • Mount Forest woolen mill burned twice in a year
  • Elora doctor’s daughter married Frederick Banting
  • A glimpse at medical practices in the 19th century
  • The ill-fated battery factory of early Rockwood
  • A sorry tale of drunkenness at the Commercial Hotel
  • Valuing Our History

  • Hustonville founded, thrived, vanished in 20 years
  • Lack of railway siding frustrated Fergus’ James Gow
  • Fergus mill made oat flour for Cheerios, other brands
  • 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
  • WriteOut of Her Mind

  • Whack the mole
  • Winner
  • Magic tree
  • Potluck
  • Sequins
  • Holiday humiliation
  • Snow
  • Fortune cookie
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