THERE is something bracing about decisiveness. A matter is considered, the pros and cons weighed, a conclusion is reached, and acted on. There’s no unnecessary hesitation, no delay beyond that which is prudent.

‘RECENTLY my vehicle was stuck. Within minutes a kind gentleman, originally from Newfoundland, came to my aid. A comment was made that I will not forget: ‘We live on an island and we have to know how to help one another.’ Three other gentlemen came to my assistance and quickly, efficiently t…

There is something magical about Bangladesh. It’s as if the present came into the country but the past refused to leave. Rickshaws and donkey carts weave in and out of BMWs and Toyotas on busy and congested streets, vendors turn samosas and parathas in pans set over coal fires in front of Pi…

I HAD only briefly experienced life in Thunder Bay before deciding to make it my home for medical school in 2014. I was born and raised in southern Ontario and had visited just once with my girlfriend to meet her brother and his wife, both of whom had migrated from Sudbury for school.

THUMBS Up to the NBA champion Toronto Raptors “OMG, I know nothing about basketball. I think I had 10 mini-strokes watching that series. I know you get it in the basket! I am now a true Raptors fan. Watching the fanfare from east to west was awesome. And now, go Border Cats!”

If you want to change the system— change being the political theme of the day — you have two choices: Complain from a distance and hope that enough people happen to share your concern to grab the attention of relevant authorities. Or get involved.

A HUGE Thumbs Up to the many kind people “who helped us after my husband suffered a serious fall in one of the far parking lots at the regional hospital. I’m sorry I didn’t get everyone’s name, but thank you to the young couple that called for an ambulance. Thank you to the woman from Fort F…

THIS is not the first time that the term genocide has been used to describe the situation of Indigenous people in Canada. Then it was justified; now it is not. Then it accurately described the actions of the state; now it seems designed to provoke Canadians rather than prod them to address a…

THUMBS Up to the many students from St. Ignatius High School “who were out all around the Boulevard Lake area last Thursday cleaning up garbage. Great job.”

FOR more than a century, provincial tree planting has cut flood risks in Ontario. Rivers have surged over their banks this spring, flooding hundreds of homes, businesses and cottages. The Ottawa, Muskoka, French and Mattagami rivers (and many others) have flooded — and the risk now extends t…

THE current tendency to bash police causes us to lose sight of the fact that the main reasons for having police forces is to solve crimes and protect law-abiding citizens from violence.

I GREW up in Rossport, Ont., and have a unique perspective about the value of caribou for eco-tourism in our area.

ONE can hardly blame Grassy Narrows First Nation Chief Randy Turtle for refusing to sign an agreement with Ottawa to pursue “a path forward” to deal with the “long-term health needs of the community . . .” After all, it’s been 50 years since the Dryden paper mill operator dumped thousands of…

I AM sitting here wondering why an Afghan war memorial was opened at a Department of National Defence location without any Canadian veterans of the Afghanistan conflict in attendance. Any soldier who was deployed to that place has a right to attend that ceremony and be acknowledged for their…

THE Police Services Board was set up to focus on the operations of the police force in the city Thunder Bay and it is not an aboriginal organization. It seems to be slowly turning into a finger-pointing blame game for individual interests. All city interests need to be addressed here.

THUMBS Down to the rude lady who ordered an extremely complicated and specific order at a fast-food restaurant on Arthur Street. “If you plan on ordering like that, expect a couple questions from the cashier to get your order right. This nice young man was doing his best and completed her or…

I HAVE been increasingly disturbed about the various protests. I view them as cowardly, organized by those who do not have the courage to speak their own minds.

THANK you Beth Workman for your letter regarding the mercury pollution of the English Wabigoon River System (Some Changes Take Way Too Long — CJ, May 29). I was a very young new graduate nurse and my first job in 1973 was as a community health nurse with what was then known as Health Canada.…

IT IS our last human right, the right to choose not to suffer at the end of life. The Supreme Court of Canada made this a charter right. The government of Canada made this a legal right. Faith-based institutions, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, deny us this right.

NOT everyone who uses cannabis will do so while zipping along a major freeway. Still, a case just outside Sudbury last week gave one pause, and seems to confirm what police warned would happen when it became legal last fall to possess the drug in small amounts.

ALMOST 50 years ago, my husband and I received a clock radio as a wedding gift. It was the latest technology, allowing for two automatic choices — alarm or radio.

IN REGARD to complaints about members of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (Government Reverses Choice for Board — CJ, May ; First Nation Calls for Mayor to Withdraw From Police Board — May 25), I think that John Cyr and Bill Mauro have been wrongly criticized and discriminated against f…

TWO recent letters “Little tolerance for telling the truth” (CJ, May 10) and “No good deeds, ever, at residential schools?” (CJ, March 21, 2017; re-run May 25, 2019) have argued that expelling Lynn Beyak from Senate is wrong because she is speaking the truth and not being politically correct.

IN CASE you missed it, Saturday was Thunder Bay’s version of Arbor Day. City officials and other hardy folks with shovels, pails and wheelbarrows in tow were to gather at Dalhousie Parkette on the city’s south side to plant some much-needed trees and bushes.

I SUPPOSE we should always read beyond the headlines. On the editorial page of the May 21 Chronicle-Journal, I saw a guest column by Gwyn Morgan titled “Climate Change Conversation Must Change Focus to Mitigation.”

THUMBS Up to the woman found keys and returned them on May 15. “I was at the playground with my granddaughter and dropped my keys when my granddaughter fell. You drove around the neighbourhood trying my key remote and found me. It was so nice of you to do that. Thank you again so much. What …

MAYOR Mauro’s performance in his first town hall did not reflect a city positioning itself for the 21st century. Everything was wrong with Mauro’s dogmatic address to the community in his spirited public engagement.

A HEADLINE this week on a Doug Ford-friendly website was blunt: Cities must face reality. Some would argue they’ve done so for years, despite suggestions to the contrary coming out of the premier’s office these days.

HOW much is four per cent? Is it a lot? A little? If you had to find a way to cut four per cent from your family’s budget, could you do it?

THUMBS Up to the “amazing individual who found my wallet on Bay Street and called me to return it safely with everything still inside. After a long day of work and meetings I was exhausted and in a panic when you called. Thank you for making my week. And shoutout to the great people in the B…

PREMIER Doug Ford plans to cancel OHIP coverage outside of Canada. With high administrative costs for the program and a nearly $12 billion provincial deficit, such action might have initially seemed reasonable. However, this would violate the Canada Health Act. Furthermore, because of severa…

THUNDER Bay Mayor Mauro seems to be doubling down on his previous assertion that the main problem with the reports from the Office of the Independent Police Review and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission is that they damage Thunder Bay’s reputation (Hard Work Ahead: Mayor — CJ, May 15).

IT’S EASY to believe in a world of simplicity, where being “open for business” trumps all else. We all have to deal with complexity in our lives — with nuance, with ambiguity. We all want to live in a world where human livelihoods and nature can coexist.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL bill of rights and the position of environmental commissioner was passed into law in Ontario 25 years ago. It established legally that people in Ontario had the right to participate in government decisions that affect the environment. It was a shift from historical developm…

YOU’D think that if the federal government handed out millions of dollars to companies in order to deliver on a public mandate that it would be a simple thing to find out what happened to that money and those services.

IF TRAGEDY has a home, it is on Canada’s First Nations. The litany of violence and death has become a sadly predictable fixture in this country. Youth suicide. Assault and sexual assault. Rampant drug and alcohol abuse. Unusual disease rates. Substandard housing and services.

THUMBS Up to the lady and her husband who towed an SUV out of the mud out by Dog Lake Road on May 4. “They turned my bad day into a good one by showing me so much kindness exists in the world and saved me a hefty towing bill. Thank you guys.”

THE case being made to Canadian motorists these days is that higher taxes on fuel, and thus higher prices, will force us to conserve any way we can to save money. Fair enough. But what if the pre-tax prices aren’t fair to start with? What if drivers are being gouged?

THUMBS Up to the group of volunteers who spent their day picking up garbage in the Bay and Algoma area. “If these young people are an example of the next generation, we are in very good hands. A huge Thumbs Up to all of them.”

ATIKOKAN Mayor Dennis Brown has publicly stated that in recent years it has been shown species like caribou thrive in areas where forests have been harvested. I am not sure where he got his information.

I AGREE with David Petrash (Charges For Threats Seem Light — letter, April 27) regarding Hammarskjold High School and the slap-on-the-wrist charges the accused got from our legal system.

ABOUT two months ago, the federal government released its next budget and, for the first time, it proposed an incentive for purchasing electric vehicles as part of its climate action program.

I’M GETTING a little tired of having to point out the flaws in the logic and calculations in the articles you publish on behalf of the Fraser Institute. The organization is dedicated to spinning facts and statistics to give the impression that any government left of the extreme right is fisc…

I HAVE to agree 100 per cent with David Petrash (Charges For Threats Seem Light — letter, April 27) that the charges seem light for the threats at Hammarskjold. Dave says “enough is enough,” make examples of people who commit these types of crimes. Considering the absolute carnage that has o…

ON MARCH 28, the Ontario government held a workshop on the future of the Lake Superior caribou. There are likely fewer than 20 caribou left on the North Shore, about 15 on the Slate Islands, and no more than 10 on Caribou Island. During the meeting, attendees raised some concerns over confli…