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  • The Wellington Advertiser - January thaw
    were sufficient You simply held open your jacket and with a few quick steps forward in the direction of a gust of wind you literally sailed across the ice lickety split When you reached the edge of the frozen surface there was no way of stopping or slowing down so you simply rolled up in a ball and went as my mother phrased it a over tea kettle to a rolling stop My mother was at the nail biting age when she couldn t understand how any kid of hers in their right mind could consider that fun On sunny weekends there would often be several cars parked along the side road having brought faraway neighbours to join in the fun Five or six kids not necessarily from the same family in unbelievable numbers would tumble out of each car while the parents socialized as they watched their mixed offspring having barrels of rough and tumble fun meanwhile silently praying that no one got hurt By 4 30 on each of these short winter days the sun would be forming a beautiful sunset low in the western sky and you could listen to the almost exhausted children waving their hands while calling goodbye heading home now to each help with their designated winter day chores Often now as I sit at my window watching out over our backfields I can t help but feel sorry for the upcoming generations of children So many of them are completely deprived of most ways of making their own cost free fun while the atmosphere of the overpriced enclosed arenas have no way of providing the startled feeling of having a jackrabbit or partridge burst out from beneath a clump of dried grass under which it was hiding They are so far removed from the ways of Nature that I have fear of the upcoming generations not even knowing the things that Mother Nature provides absolutely free of charge to all of us Sad sad exceptionally sad when you think about it Take care cause we care barrie barriehopkins ca 519 986 4105 Vol 49 Issue 03 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Silent and symbiotic
    by the acronym of Wwoofers World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms linking volunteers from other nations with organic farms and sustainable growers This is a satisfying situation whereby a host gets a helping hand where and when needed in return for free accommodation meals and the exchange of conversation which no doubt gives the volunteer a first hand grasp of the language spoken in the country chosen The Wwoofers volunteer assistance here at Westwind Farms this past summer far exceeded expectations If possible to rate on a scale of one to 10 the figure as my eyes see it could not be less than the high side of 12 They simply made the impossible possible In addition to helping with both morning and evening chores about one hour each as well as mingling getting familiar with and learning the needs of our many animals which include poultry both egg layer and meat birds pigs goats pastured cattle and hosted bee yard they willingly hand pulled weeds in the gardens Hour after hour day after day more often than not well beyond the four hour daily allotment during their two week minimum stay It is my strong gut feeling and definite hope that the seldom recognized silent symbiotic relationship between these two groups will eventually come to light turning the heads of sleeping politicians It is a well known fact that global warming and sustainability must be addressed head on Clear cutting of trees in our hedgerows making side road to side road mammoth mono planted fields to accommodate the inhumane restrictive movement of shoulder to shoulder feedlot housing of animals raised for food to feed our nations is an ill fated utterly ridiculous answer There must be a quick turnaround in farming practices if sustainability is to be expected Small mixed farming and the produce of small acreage holdings coupled with the freedom of farm gate sales are the worldwide answers to both global warming and starving nations Is it not imperative that politicians worldwide regardless of creed colour or party affiliation wake to reality and synchronize their thinking If the circle of life on this planet is to survive the pendulum must be swung correcting the rampaging wrongs of both present and past Canada could should and can be a leader here Take care cause we care barrie barriehopkins ca 519 986 4105 Vol 49 Issue 02 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Winter wonderland
    bonus while hidden out of sight there you could my mother s quote run like hell if you thought that the game warden was following you Sunday hunting was taboo back then and carrying a gun while not yet 16 was known as a gun confiscation reason Each time I went I would take both our dogs with me they enjoyed the romp and I enjoyed their company One of the dogs Sandy was a Scotch and wire haired terrier cross while the other Spot though a crossbreed too had the stance of a full blood greyhound Along the hedgerows I would walk out at the snowbank tips while the dogs not leashed loved to romp up and over the deep banks of snow chasing each other They soon learned how to work together Sandy sniffed out the game hidden out of the wind in the alcoves of brush and snow while Spot who hunted by sight only would easily catch them with her one two perhaps three 20 foot leaps Gentle mouthed she killed with a single shake and would bring them to me and lay them at my feet A stroke of my hand on her head was her only request Often having never fired a single shot I went home with a cottontail or jackrabbit but never more than two as we were taught to respect nature and never over hunt a given area The pheasant or partridge usually skyrocketed in a flurry up into the trees quite often several at a time and while stretching their necks watching the excited antics of the dogs attempting to climb after them a head shot left a clean undamaged carcass for the stew pot Remembered well by more than I is the pleasant aroma that drifted from the giant old stewing pot that permanently simmered on the back of the old cast iron woodstove The proud feeling of having helped fill it could be felt when a congratulatory hand of a family member was placed on your shoulder From the oven came steaming hot loaves of homemade bread to be liberally smeared with Jersey cream butter Yum yum and yum Take care cause we care barrie barriehopkins ca 519 986 4105 Vol 49 Issue 01 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Double surprise
    about six weeks old and it was then that we sent the letter to Santa Claus The Pyrenean Mountain dog known as the Great Pyrenees in North America is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian It has a temperament that is strong willed gentle confident fearless patient and affectionate It is a majestic nocturnal gentle giant preferring to snooze in the day and protect their charges by night The dogs arrival at this time of year is ideal as they will be able to get used to and more important make friends with all the animals that are housed in the stable Just as important the animals in the stable will be able to get used to them as they wander about in the darkness There should be no surprises when each in turn is turned out to exercise together in the paddocks and later released to mingle at will in the much bigger well fenced fields of pasture It is here where their guarding is a must Westwind Farms is leaning strongly in the direction of totally organic gardening humane raising feeding housing and caring for animals that are grown for food And falling quietly in place with this is the live and let live theory Fewer hunters are allowed on the farm and we hope that the Great Pyrenees will bring an end to their need Their nocturnal roaming we also hope will discourage foxes raccoons possums skunks porcupines rabbits and squirrels from taking up residence as they are always a nuisance on any farm Mike and Molly our two barn cats are taking care of the hole in the feedbag chewers which are mice rats and chipmunks At Westwind Farms our hope is to cut any losses to the larger predators without harming the predator species A confrontation between predator and these large dogs should encourage predator retreat seeking less challenging roaming grounds elsewhere Eat your heart out folks I m going out to cuddle the puppies Don t you wish you were me Take care cause we care barrie barriehopkins ca 519 986 4105 Vol 48 Issue 52 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Presumptuous
    in an austerity mode and that is not a good sign for the economy The Trudeau administration is planning to increase spending on infrastructure and that is an important plus However the weak Canadian dollar means import costs will soar Witness the already rising costs of food imported Overall then the outlook for the North American economy does not provide much cause for optimism notwithstanding the actions and comments of the U S Federal Reserve Board According to this economist then a pessimistic word of caution is in order We certainly will prosper over the longer term Meanwhile extreme caution should be the byword Vol 49 Issue 06 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans 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 Merry Christmas Firefighters bill good news Reform Act Groves pits Celebrating 150

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Left out
    as youthful Yet older people still control much of the economy s spending power Our youth obsessed advertisers are beginning to let older people creep into the picture It has seemed that advertisers forget that older people want to have fun Older people feel that they been considered as invisible but that is changing Furthermore politicians have started to broaden their appeal Ontario is considering a supplementary pension plan and the election of Justin Trudeau to an important extent reflected our youth obsession We seldom hear about older candidates Yet in Europe Chancellor Adenauer was 69 when last elected De Gaulle became president of France when he was 69 and Ronald Reagan was re elected at 74 Mitchell Sharp became a close adviser to Prime Minister Chretien in his late 60s In other societies older people are treated with great respect It is to be expected that our fixation with youth will fade as all of us age Vol 49 Issue 05 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=1000001812 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Negative trends
    prospects are brighter New tactics have been tried Another tactic of business was to push down the share of profits handed out as wages Nowadays however for the first time in years wage rates are starting to climb In any event in the long run weak wage growth means that customers will be hard to come by with the resources needed to stimulate sales The other approach was to begin share buybacks that make earning appear to be growing Fewer shares outstanding mean that profits appear favourable Hence shrinking profits are obscured by this tactic Too that weakens corporation balance sheets How many companies will summon the strength to erase these negative trends Vol 49 Issue 04 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans 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 Merry Christmas Firefighters

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=1000001806 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Responsibility
    no knowledge or culpability in the misdeeds of the corporation That usually is nonsense Hence when we learn that a bad product or medicine has been offered honesty should prevail notwithstanding any excuse If a company does not control such errors that organization needs an overhaul Banks particularly are making major errors such as loans that should not have been granted or mortgages far in excess of proper standards or brokerage firms that lure clients to invest in corrupt enterprises What is required is disallowing I am not responsible as an excuse or not criminally responsible in many instances Yet the old adage let the buyer beware is a cop out More conventional brokers must be held to account by securities commissions Responsibility in all cases must be enforced on the individuals and the business world Vol 49 Issue 03 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs

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