Off-duty public servants

As a Canadian soldier it was drilled into us during Basic Training that we are public servants and we are here to serve the people. We’re expected to act professionally at all times and do nothing that would bring the uniform and the Canadian Forces into disrepute. In my mind that should extend towards other…



Music, Youth, Kenora

As lots of people in Kenora and Northwestern Ontario realise there are quite a number of amateur musicians in this part of the world. I’m friends with one or two… and acquaintances with one or two more. There’s a wealth of musical talent here, whether it’s vocals or music producing… but in my honest opinion…




To live and die in Kenora

A while ago I decided the best way I could serve Canada and it’s inhabitants is by enlisting in the army to help protect Canada and it’s interests.  Fresh off basic training and soldier qualification for the Canadian Forces I was driving back to Kenora and came across the photo below which has been photographed…




Kenora’s hidden gem for swimmers

By far one of my most unforgettable moments  in Kenora was about two years ago when my former boss closed the office for a day in the summer and took us out on his boat.  The sun was beating down mercilessly and the water was ridiculously beautiful and extremely warm.  We jumped in for a…




Encouraging foreigners

One of the marked differences between Kenora and London… or any other major metropolis is the distinct shortage of foreign business owners.  Almost everywhere you go in England you’ll find either a Chinese takeaway or an Indian corner shop.  Kenora has two Chinese restuarants – my personal favourite being Hings – but there’s no Sikhs…




Blogging in a small town about a small town

One of the problems of living in a small town is that everyone knows your business, and you should assume if someone doesn’t know your business – they soon will. Everyone knows everyone and if you say something about somebody they’ll hear about it. That presents a tiny dilemna for me – a dilemna, but…




Keeping revenue in Kenora

I went into Lowery’s in Kenora yesterday to evaluate an Acer laptop computer that an associate wanted to buy.  Turns out the laptop was about two steps down from the model I have and about one step up from the average laptop. As I was looking I realised the price was almost the same as…




An idiotic move

Around the 27th March a 13yr old I know tried to rob a local  petrol station.  He bought a soft-air pellet gun, painted it black and walked into the Husky just down the road from St. Thomas Aquinas School on Valley Drive.  He demanded money from the cashier who promptly said no, and so he…




Encroachment on Aboriginal land

Frequently I’ve tried to tell people like Gary McHale, and Bob Kismet that most aboriginal folk realise that 30million white folk aren’t about to up and take off back to Europe and give back all the land. From what I’ve learned through speaking to certain people… my personal opinion is that it’s not unreasonable for…




Kenora vs. London

I took this picture of the Winnipeg River about two years ago when I was out on Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining Ojibway Nation. This is the kind of scenery and much in abundance all over Northwestern Ontario and around Kenora. Many times, and to numerous people I have spent a long time telling people what I hate about…