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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Terrorism
    violent extremist ideologies are not permitted to thrive and where individuals and communities are resilient to a terrorist attack should one occur The strategy also includes fighting terrorism and extremism abroad Western powers learned a difficult lesson when extremism was allowed to flourish before 2001 under the Taliban in Afghanistan Similarly we ignore the extremism that exists in northern Iraq and Syria at our own peril That is why last October I voted along with a majority of MPs to send the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force into northern Iraq The mission in conjunction with our allies consists of air strikes against the Islamic State for a period of up to six months This mission comes up for renewal in early April with a vote expected in the House of Commons However more needs to be done to combat the terrorist threat The government is expected to introduce new legislation in the House of Commons that will provide additional powers and tools for security agencies to identify potential terror suspects make arrests and detain persons considered a threat The Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris was not only a senseless act of violence it was also an attack on one of our most cherished freedoms The freedom of expression This freedom is why we will prevail As English author Edward Bulwer Lytton wrote in 1839 The pen is mightier than the sword Ultimately the principles of the western Enlightenment which underpin modern liberal democracies backed by the power and force of the state will prevail over the anti liberal nihilism and medievalism of the radical jihad movement If you have any questions or comments contact me at 866 878 5556 or at michael chong parl gc ca Vol 48 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 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 years Bad budget Elliott best choice as leader Just another day at the office Merry Christmas

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Helping families
    done Beginning this January the government will increase the Universal Child Care Benefit to 160 per month per child under the age of six or 1 920 per year and introduce a new benefit of 100 per month per child aged six through 17 or 720 per year The government has also doubled the Children s Fitness Tax Credit to 1 000 effective for the 2014 taxation year and will increase the Child Care Expense Deduction by 1 000 per child for the 2015 taxation year This will allow parents where both parents work to claim a bigger deduction for childcare expenses when they file their taxes in April 2016 Finally the government is introducing the new Family Tax Cut effective for the 2014 taxation year This Family Tax Cut will allow income splitting to reduce federal taxes payable for couples with children under 18 Couples will be able to split income between the higher earning and the lower earning spouse saving up to 2 000 a year in federal taxes The average benefit for Canadian families will be over 1 100 per year in direct money The benefit is being capped at 2 000 to ensure middle income families disproportionately benefit The Family Tax Cut will help approximately four million Canadian families by supporting their childcare choices through direct financial support 34 820 families in Wellington County alone Low and middle income families will receive about two thirds of the overall benefits provided by the Family Tax Cut The Government of Canada is strongly committed to ensuring that Canadian families prosper If you have any questions or comments contact me at 866 878 5556 or at michael chong parl gc ca Vol 48 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 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 years Bad budget Elliott best choice as leader Just another day at the office Merry Christmas Special to the Advertiser Death of

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Veterans
    better support for military families who are facing the difficult challenge of mental health issues including post traumatic stress disorder In addition Veterans Affairs will open a new mental health clinic in Halifax along with seven other satellite mental health clinics across the country to provide full mental health services for veterans and their families living with operational stress injuries Furthermore the Department of Veterans Affairs in partnership with the Department of National Defence will fund additional research to find better treatments for veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members with mental health conditions In particular the research will focus on better understanding the transition from military to civilian life and better understanding the causes of veteran suicides in order to guide prevention activities The Government of Canada is strongly committed to working with veterans and their families to ensure that they receive the care that they deserve If you have any questions comments or concerns please contact me at 866 878 5556 or at michael chong parl gc ca Vol 47 Issue 49 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

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=1000001599 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Retirement
    became busy during the last six years critiquing manuscripts typically for first time authors Because I write from a Christian world view and because I have helped so many other writers in 2009 The Word Guild and Tyndale University College and Seminary presented me with the Leslie K Tarr award The award bears the words In recognition of an outstanding contribution to Christian writing and publishing in Canada I feel humbled being listed among other recipients such as Rudy Weibe Grace Irwin Janette Oke John H Redekopp and this year s winner Jean Little After I received the award they called Anna forward and presented her with a special award which bears the words Presented to Anna Wiseman in recognition of her exceptional support for the writing career of her husband Ray Wiseman winner of the 2009 Leslie K Tarr Award That draws Anna into the picture For years she acted as my executive secretary bookkeeper proofreader and manager Her name appears on one book as coauthor the book that won an award She has been a major part of every success in my life and no part of my many failures About four years ago a doctor diagnosed her with probable Alzheimers That doesn t mean she has Alzheimer s but she does have serious short term memory loss That means that I now do all those special things she once did with the exception of proofreading She still far outperforms me in that field It means that I have now taken over the majority of household tasks Thanks to my mother s training I can even cook Most of you will have figured out where I m going with this You have just read my last weekly column for The Wellington Advertiser Although retiring from facing that weekly deadline I hope to continue writing on a reduced level A special thanks and an I love you to all my faithful readers Vol 43 Issue 35 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

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=641 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Canadas scarcity of calamity
    the tower reported that a tire had burst on our 747 The flight continued to Amsterdam where the captain ordered us to take the brace or crash position as we prepared to land False report the plane landed smoothly with all tires intact On a flight across Indonesia as we approached Jakarta we entered a terrible storm The captain ordered the crew to take seats and everyone to fasten seat belts The plane rocked lightning lit up the sky off the wing tips we prayed and hung on The plane landed safely A fellow passenger said Typical landing in this part of the world Truthfully I experienced more dangerous things as a child in Alberta In the late 1930s and early 40s we had vicious dust storms that roared in unexpectedly from the west darkening the skies so that we had to light the lamps in the day time At times they blew in windows or moved buildings off their foundations but I don t recall anyone dying as a result of them In the winter I saw temperatures drop so low it made trips from house to barn unsafe and froze water in the well Again I never heard of anyone dying but it must have happened At a recent gathering of 24 typical Canadians I asked if they in their lifetimes had experienced tragedies that had resulted in destruction of their homes or deaths I suggested they include a direct hit from a tornado a flood like the recent one in Pakistan an earthquake of the sort that ravaged Haiti an airplane crash or a war or insurrection All of them said No with the exception of five who lived their early years in Europe during World War II As Canadians we complain a lot But most of us don t know how good we have it in Canada when compared with almost every other place in the world Vol 43 Issue 34 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

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=636 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Often we mirror our parents
    looking into a virtual life mirror and not liking what I saw meant I had to work hard to change the approach my mother and circumstances had unintentionally bred into me Not surprisingly my youngest son early developed great talents as a manipulator Fortunately he figured it out and redirected his energies to become an excellent negotiator We all become what parents circumstances and experiences make us but sometimes we can change paths along the way The physical and sexual abuse of children has become a big issue in the media in recent years It has always existed as a serious problem but only recently have we as a society recognized it and chosen to deal with it In case after case court documents and scientific studies have indicated that men and women who abuse children themselves suffered from abuse while young The horrors that people inflicted on them they in turn imposed on the next generation How often do we see parents deeply hurt by separation or divorce deliberately or unconsciously using their children to get even with their ex mate Or sometimes they use them simply to vent their frustrations Either way they have launched the child toward failure in later life And so we reach the obvious conclusion a negative experience in a child s life duplicates itself in the following generations because persons injured by people or experience in turn injure others More simply put hurt people hurt other people We are fortunate indeed if we can separate life s positive experiences from the negative and live a life free from hurting others And even more fortunate if we can identify children in bad situations and offer constructive help Vol 43 Issue 33 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 Maureen April 11 2014 14 03 Kelly I would like to commend you rather tardily on your column this year about depression when you referred to your own experience Mood challenges like depression and anxiety run in many families just like other health issues such as heart disease Thank you for having the courage to discuss your own depression A column like that gives others courage to get help for a condition that can often be greatly relieved Maureen Lewis MSW RSW REPORT ABUSE 31 33 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

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Putting up with put-downs
    into the passenger seat of his car while his wife took the wheel My too speedy brain triggered me into saying I see they have finally caught up with you and taken away your driver s license They pulled away with only a wave for a response You guessed it His doctor had advised him to avoid driving while on a particular course of medicine When I realized what I had done I wanted to crawl under a rock Not everyone wants to be funny Some people use quick rejoinders just to put down people to deliberately hurt them and so to boost their own sense of importance Just last week I heard of two examples The seminary student finished her sermon and went to the door to shake hands Instead of the typical amen response the first man to come by verbally attacked her for preaching too long She had in fact gone three minutes beyond the allotted time Fortunately those who followed expressed appreciation for her message In the second example I heard of a teacher pushed into depression by the thoughtless comments of a school inspector I ve had a few of those in my day Totally inappropriate comments following a sermon or letters to the editor from people who didn t agree with what I wrote or more often didn t read carefully enough to understand I ve also had a few zingers from people who didn t like how I drove what I wore or even how I combed my hair when I had hair Some of them meant well and delivered truth but too many offered their rejoinders put downs or squelches simply to boost their own sense of importance It surprises me that I haven t slipped into depression numerous times But I think I know the answer My advice to young preachers teachers and writers when under fire learn from it forget the offence and forgive the offender Vol 43 Issue 31 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

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=624 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - A tale of two landlords
    can experience even a minimal cross draft Do the tenants of this building appreciate living within this model of architectural perfection Tenant Jo says We never see the sun from morning til night because we pull all the blinds to try keep out the heat During this summer hot spell the bedrooms never drop below 30 degrees Celsius We moved here because it has an elevator and my husband can no longer handle stairs But the heat will kill him more quickly than climbing stairs If we had known what we know now we would not have moved in We plan to get out as soon as we can find something else And as for smoking when we complained about violators they sent out a letter Landlord B has an old building which he has chosen to renovate The air hammers and compressors nearly drive the tenants crazy While workmen rebuild ancient balconies boarded up windows and doors block access to balconies and reduce light into the units Huge machines squat around the building and crowd the parking lot Inside the landlord has begun repainting and repairing and has even declared the building smoke free All incoming tenants must commit not only to not smoke anywhere in the building or on balconies but to stop visitors from doing the same Surely tenants must hate living in what emulates a war zone Tenant Stan says Wow this is wonderful We will soon have a safer better looking building and our fellow tenants with allergies or emphysema will have freedom from tobacco pollution I haven t explained one big difference between the landlords Landlord A whose actions do not demonstrate real concern for the tenants is a branch of government Landlord B who put tenants comfort safety and wishes up front is a numbered company designed for investment purposes Surely he can say with the Dickens character It is a far better thing that I do Vol 43 Issue 30 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

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=619 (2016-02-16)
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