Opinion Column

Grahame Woods

Winter musings...

Recently, on a slow day sitting at the reception desk of Northumberland Hills Hospital where I volunteer – watching, through the main entrance windows, a flight of geese on final approach to somewhere – my attention was diverted to the playing of Brahms Lullaby over the PA system, signalling a new birth.

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Evidence supports fight for harm reduction plans

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Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017, in Davos. The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on January 17, 2017 in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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A young fan gets a photo of himself and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed outside Rhino's Roadhouse. PETE FISHER/Northumberland Today

We need answers on electoral reform process

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