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Constable Jack Lewis publicly recognized

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:36 -- Phil Egan

On Victoria Day weekend in 1936, a monstrous crime was committed in Sarnia – then a city of only 18,000 inhabitants.

The attempt by two bandits to rob the city’s lone liquor store that Saturday night resulted in the slaying of a 33-year-old police constable named George Edward John (Jack) Lewis. It was Sarnia’s first line-of-duty death of an on-duty police officer.

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It’s Time to stop calling the American President the Leader of the Free World

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:47 -- Phil Egan

It’s hard to imagine Donald Trump retaining one shred of anyone’s respect after the spectacle played out on television last month.

It actually made me cringe with shame for my many American friends.

It was five days that began with the man that has bragged of multiple sexual assaults interrupting a G7 conference on gender equality by tastelessly arriving late and disrupting the session.

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The Chaotic, Calamitous, Melodramatic Year that was 1968

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:04 -- Phil Egan

The exhausting tumult of Donald Trump’s first year in office reminds me of the year that I turned 21 – 50 years ago this month. For those old enough to remember 1968, it was a time just as colourful and full of memorable, and often tragic, events. It has been called “the year that changed history.”

The world, it was said, would never be the same.

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Cuba at a Crossroads as “Guerrilleros” Surrender Power

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:37 -- Phil Egan

For the first time in almost 60 years, Cuba is being led by a man whose name is not Castro.

The road ahead is shrouded in fog.

Ten years after Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul, took the reins of power from an ailing Fidel, the 86-year-old, the last of Cuba’s revolutionary leaders, has stepped down.

He leaves the country of 11.5 million people, a popular winter haven for Canadians for decades, with a troubled economy, a stalled entrepreneurial growth, and dashed hopes to the quick end of America’s cruel Kennedy-era economic embargo.

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Unprotected Homes - The “Dying of the Light” May be closer than you think

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:09 -- Phil Egan

On the cold winter night that my 24-year-old sister, Frances, last lay down to sleep, she never realized that she had spent her last day on earth.

In all likelihood, it won’t occur to you either.

That was back in 1985, when Sarnia had only three fire stations. Today we have five – and more, and better trained firefighters. So – you probably think that you’re safer from fire than Frances was, all those years ago.

But you’d be wrong.

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A Magical Night in Kilrush

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:01 -- Phil Egan

I will admit to some degree of cultural bias, but I think that the Irish may be the most hospitable people on earth.

Throughout 40 years in the Canadian travel industry, including dozens of both business and pleasure trips to Ireland, I have seen the evidence at first hand.

My very first trip to Ireland 42 years ago is a perfect illustration.

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A Valentine to my Doctor Twins

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:37 -- Phil Egan

I have a distinct recollection of trying to kick my first doctor in the teeth.

I was little, he was big, and he was holding a large needle. I was on my back on a couch, and I barely missed.

As you get older, you seem to collect doctors. I now have an oncologist, a urologist, a cornea specialist, a retinal surgeon – and my two favourites – my dentist and my family doctor.

They both happen to be beautiful young women. That’s a bonus, but certainly not the point.

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Trump’s “Only Rosie O’Donnell” lie reminiscent of Grover Cleveland

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:05 -- Phil Egan

During the 2016 American presidential campaign, Megyn Kelly, then employed by Fox News, confronted candidate Donald Trump with the evidence of his miserable treatment of women.

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” the moderator told Trump.

Adopting a defiant air, Trump famously responded, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”

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Warning to Parents: Little ears hear everything. Loose lips sink more than ships

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:41 -- Phil Egan

Children, as any mother would often say, are capable of saying anything.

It has nothing to do with how they’re raised. They hear things in the schoolyard, the playground and in the street, and they will repeat things that will utterly embarrass you.

The late Moose Jaw-born Art Linkletter used to celebrate this fact in a segment on his long-running NBC show House Party titled, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

On one occasion he was interviewing a young boy about 7 years old who had a forlorn look about him.

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