The streams of people crossing snow-laden fields, risking loss of fingers and life in the cold, have prompted a lively discussion about what to do about migrants circumventing our ports of entries at land borders.
In the life of any ill-conceived government program there comes a moment when it "jumps the shark" into utter absurdity.
Those considering coming to Canada as refugee claimants across our unmarked border with the United States must think carefully about the pitfalls they will face. If they still decide to come, and if their numbers swell, Canadians must think carefully about how we treat them.
The Ontario government should consider introducing a deposit return program for plastic bottles. Such a program would provide a modest financial incentive to recycle the bottles and hopefully reduce littering, especially in the Great Lakes.
It was one of those rare winter days where the air kissed your face like a warm embrace from a favourite aunt and the snow turned to brown sugar, like the kind Mom keeps in the pantry in a jelly jar with a slice of apple to keep it soft.
Language matters, as we rediscover in almost every morning's newspaper.
How naive were we ever to believe the adage "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? That childhood retort for verbal bullying rings a particularly anachronistic tone in the age of Internet trolling, fissured politics, ebbing social decorum and mounting antagonism for others whose views don't echo ours.
One of the reasons why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit with the American president on Monday went so well was because the exchange was so ordinary.
Now that we have the latest census information from Statistics Canada, it's easy to see that Premier Kathleen Wynne's estimate of the cost of carbon pricing for Ontarians doesn't add up.