Opinion

Doug Harrison 'on guard' at Northney I with "a rifle with no ammunition".

Faint Footsteps

Editor’s note: The following is a feature special to the Gazette by Gord Harrison, a London writer who was born in Burgessville. Harrison chronicles the life of his father, Doug Harrison, a Norwich resident and former Gazette columnist, and his life during the Second World War.

"Eighty of us march through Hamilton" 1941. Doug Harrison, front row, just right of centre.

Faint Footsteps

Editor’s note: The following is a new column feature special to the Gazette by Gord Harrison, a London writer who was born in Burgessville. Harrison chronicles the life of his father, Doug Harrison, a Norwich resident and former Gazette columnist, and his life during the Second World War.

Two Norwich boys, Doug Harrison, left, and Buryl McIntyre seen in Halifax in 1941.

Faint Footsteps

Editor’s note: The following is a new column feature special to the Gazette by Gord Harrison, a London writer who was born in Burgessville. Harrison chronicles the life of his father, Doug Harrison, a Norwich resident and former Gazette columnist, and his life during the Second World War.

Vic Fedeli. (File photo)

Ontario PCs leave no margin for error

If the Progressive Conservatives were looking for a silk purse out of the sow’s ear delivered with the sexual impropriety charges levelled at Patrick Brown and his abrupt resignation as leader, wisdom would dictate proceeding with a caution rarely exhibited.

Ontario PC party interim leader Vic Fedeli speaks at a press conference after a caucus meeting at Queen's Park in Toronto. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tories flirt with creative self-destruction

Say this for Ontario’s Tories: they know how to dream up creative losing scenarios. Patrick Brown’s sudden departure amid sexual assault and coercion allegations last week made John Tory’s religious schools funding and Tim Hudak’s 100,000 public-sector job cut promises look like minor whoopsy-daisies.

US President Donald Trump meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. President Donald Trump has wished Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle well and says he is not aware of having received an invitation to their royal wedding in May. (AP Photo)

Party time in Davos while the world burns

Against a backdrop of shuddering and implosion in the key institutions of the liberal world order, it wasn’t easy to discern anything encouraging in the 48th annual gathering of the rich, the famous and the powerful at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss village of Davos last week.

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In wake of rail disaster, unsafe culture persists

After last week’s acquittal of three men charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 in the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, some argued the wrong people were on trial. Certainly, questions remain about rail safety and accountability, but the answers might lie more with organizational culture than poor judgment of a few individuals.