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    By William Wardill
    William Wardill of Eatonia still lives where he was born 83 years ago. A virtuous old sage with a wicked wit, he became an omnivorous reader almost as soon as he learned the alphabet. He read about the First World War when still a child and was almost old enough to enlist in the Second World War. His boyhood was spent in a safe passage through the Dirty Thirties. Since earning a university degree in history and English in 1991, he has published numerous columns, articles and books, including a novel in 2010. His work is coloured by small town living, ecological concerns and a belief in a personal obligation to community.

Bring back the outhouse

Canada Post is running a glitzy TV advertisement that seems to promise front door delivery of every ...

Down the Back Lane

I am the grandson of a zealous gardener. Before coming to a frontier village in Saskatchewan in...

Experts and expectations

When the trees drop their yellow leaves this year I will be 87 years old. I will look back on a...

Beliefs, myths and lies

I am a church-going Christian. At the same time, I am in fear for my earthly reputation and...

Short-line secrets

I have been told that on the rails of Big Sky Rail, which took over a CN branch in 2011, the lonely ...

A matter of degree

Since people first were able to use language and press letters in clay there have been stories of...

Playing follow the leader

Showing the flag is an old game. Our leaders are playing it again. They are showing the various...


Herman Humpback: a modern fable

Herman Humpback was a happy whale. There were more of his kind. There were Hubert and Henry and...

A new era in transportation?

The United Nations, rejecting the tiresome politicking that originates mostly in the United States, ...

A list of sanctions

The talking heads on television news services are following the search for a missing airliner more...

Somebody’s gotta do it

This is the sixth day of April. Yesterday morning we were insulted again by a brief scattering of...

I like Ukrainians: best agents of change are time and patience

In the first decade of the past century when Europe was a powder keg almost ready to explode into...

Side effect

In skipping your way through cable channels you will eventually encounter a new miracle drug....

Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley was that area of Manhattan where music publishers and song writers congregated with...

I saw it in the funnies

At intervals, writers with nothing better to do and a copious supply of unclear words attempt to...

Old King Coal

When I was a very small child, my mother’s father told me that his youngest brother had crossed the ...

In Mandela’s image

Those among us who have no direct knowledge of South Africa and its political history must accept...

The dementia catalogue

There has been a report that politicians and their minions in distant Ottawa will be discussing...

Canadian ketchup

Rich, red ketchup was a part of my boyhood diet. Every time a bottle of it was purchased for me, a...



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