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Canada 150 and a day: We're a great country, but we can be better

July 4, 2017 - 8:07am Updated: July 4, 2017 - 7:36pm

It's Sunday night, a day after one of the largest parties this country has ever seen -- one which cost a reported $500 million.

Some of what's below you've likely recently seen or heard elsewhere, but I want to add my voice to the mix.

I've only ever done one thing on Canada Day -- celebrate. That might involve making sure I say 'eh' a few extra times, eating Timbits or taking in local festivities. This year, I still did all those things, but I did so while conflicted with a mixture of patriotism, reluctance and guilt.

Why I'm an LGBTQ ally and I'm not afraid to show it

June 16, 2017 - 3:56pm Updated: June 18, 2017 - 11:29pm

As a journalist, one of the hardest rules to follow is to set your opinions aside when reporting on a story. 

There is, however, an exception to nearly every rule.

I simply refuse to remain silent on the issue of equality for the members of our LGBTQ+ community. You'll find "LGBTQ+" on all of my main social media bios. I'm not afraid to admit it.

Red Deer's scenery deserves respect, so let's show it some

May 21, 2017 - 8:49pm

Bower Ponds has quickly become one of my favourite Red Deer hangouts.

Yes… it is a Pokémon Go hotspot, but there are so many more important reasons why Bower Ponds is the place to be.

Unfortunately, some people just want to ruin a good thing.

It’s funny because Red Deer was recently named by Expedia as one of the most breathtaking places in North America. I’ll admit, I had my doubts, and I had my certainties that others would also be skeptical about that title being bestowed upon our fair city.

What to say on Mother's Day?

May 14, 2017 - 8:32am

Oh, to write a Mother's Day piece and not sound cheesy.

After racking my brain for what I could possibly say for Mother's Day that would be profound, I thought of two simple words we often forget to say: Thank you.

It's so easy to come off as ungrateful or unappreciative, thus those two words can go such a long way.

So thank you to all the mothers (especially my partner and my mom) for protecting us and teaching us a great deal of life's lessons.

Thank you for always having our back when adversity stands in our way.

Bidding adieu to our furry family member

April 22, 2017 - 4:21pm Updated: April 23, 2017 - 8:24am

Everything was fine, or so we thought.

Ryder, our black lab-heeler cross, spent the first couple years of his life chained up. My wife rescued him shortly before we met in 2013.

Boston, the other dog she'd had since he was a puppy, became known as hers, while Ryder, for whatever reason, took a liking to me. For whatever reason, I took a liking to him too.

For the breed he was, Ryder was pretty plump. We fed him well. The only health issue he ever had was the week my wife and I met. He sliced his paw on a piece of glass in a park.

OPINION: Budget Open House, be there

April 14, 2017 - 9:00pm Updated: April 17, 2017 - 5:49pm

I’m no financial expert, but one thing I have an appreciation for is how arduous a task it is for City of Red Deer staff and city council to do a budget.

Each December and January, council sits down for days on end to debate and finalize the annual Capital and Operating budgets. Once we all find out what the property tax increase is going to be, the complaining is endless.

I get it, being taxed at all, let alone more and more each year, kind of sucks on the surface. And don’t get me wrong, if you voted, you have every right to complain.

Red Deer's rinks deserve their due

March 17, 2017 - 5:58pm Updated: March 20, 2017 - 9:55am

Red Deer takes its fair share of flak for a lot of things, but there's one thing it deserves credit for: its rec facilities.

Yes, we need a new pool, one suitable for hosting national competitions, one that would prevent the embarrassing scenario of needing to look to Calgary to host synchronized swimming during the 2019 Red Deer-hosted Canada Winter Games.

But this city does need to get its due. Winter rolls around, temperatures dip, snow falls, and no fewer than 62 outdoor rinks, three ponds and one speed skating oval open up for the public's FREE enjoyment.

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By: Josh Hall

Josh Hall is a reporter for rdnewsNOW
E-mail: josh@rdnewsnow.com 
Twitter: @Vancan19