Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has good reason to stand firm on his decision to pull Canada’s six CF-18s, like this one, above, from the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State, says columnist R. Michael Warren. (Department of National Defence)

Grounded in reality

The massacre of civilians in Paris by ISIS terrorists has prompted much of Canada to reconsider halting the CF-18 bombing mission.

Norwich Merchants forward Jordan Gillis, left, avoids a hit by two Woodstock Navy Vets players in Norwich, Ont. on Sunday November 29, 2015. The Merchants won 7-4 for their fifth win in their last six games. Greg Colgan/Woodstock Sentinel-Review/Postmedia Network

Merchants take down Vets

After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, the Norwich Merchants are beginning to climb the Midwestern Junior Hockey League standings.

<b>Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg:</b> Every February, the province of Manitoba comes together to celebrate the history of fur traders and the first French-Canadian settlers with this winter festival of exhibits, performances and arts. Visit for more information. (Courtesy Festival du Voyageur)

Top winter festivals in Canada

Winter is the season Canadians know best, so why not celebrate this time of year at one of these fests offering indoor and outdoor fun this chilly season.

Sisters Wilma Lavelle (left) and Trudy Verberne (right) make greeting cards using everything from glitter to stamps to fabric softener sheets. The two paper artists showed off their cards at one stop on the Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour. (MEGAN STACEY/FOR THE NORWICH GAZETTE)

Paper artists

Trudy Verberne and Wilma Lavelle didn’t grow up wishing to be artists.