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March 21, 2019

March 7, 2019



SING-ALONG WITH THE F.R.O.G.s (Fully Rely On God) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan. Enjoy some much loved favourites as well as some Christian music followed by a selection of sumptuous soups and baked breads. Tickets $15. Call 613-841-6248.

OPERA CANDY presents The Gourmet Adventures of Hansel and Gretel in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtime 3 p.m. This delectable introduction to opera and lyrical singing is a treat for the eyes and ears! Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children, and family of four $16 per person. A special workshop will be held before the show from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come before the show to meet the artists and immerse yourself in a world of vocal experiences. You can even learn a tune and choreography so that you can sing and dance like Hansel and Gretel. Cost $15. Visit

FRIENDS & FAMILY NIGHT hosted by the Bytown Beat Chorus. Come see what the Chrous is all about and enjoy some live entertainment from guest quartet “Key Rings” and the Ottawa Puppet Troupe at the Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. starting at 8 p.m. RSVP a member if you plan to attend.

120TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE at J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store in Navan from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for coffee and cake. and live entertainment. to celebrate our 120th burthday in the lead up to this year’s Bradley Cup hockey tournament on March 30.


EDITORIAL: It's about time

March 21, 2019

I never thought I would ever say this, but kudos to Doug Ford and the Ontario government.

Just to add a caveat, there a lot of things I don’t like about the Ford government. In fact, the list is too long to write here or else I would run out of space. But their decision to ban cell phones from the classroom starting next fall is bloody brilliant. It should have been done eons ago when the first kid was caught checking his Instagram messages in biology class.

Social media is a scourge and it’s too tempting for any teenager to have a smartphone in a classroom and not be expected to check their messages while the teacher has their back turned.

In fact, if it were up to me, they would be banned from school property entirely, along with calculators up to Grade 11 and only if they are needed for calculus, trigonometry and advanced algebra.

It’s about time our schools got back to the basics. And don’t give me that BS that your child needs to have a cell phone so you can get a hold of them in an emergency. You can get a hold of them the old fashioned way – by calling the school office. The staff will be more than happy to pass on your message.

I know it might be hard for anyone under the age of 25 to believe this, but there was a time when we didn’t have smartphones and tablets, or even Facebook. And those of us who lived through those times managed to get through our courses, pass our exams and graduate without them quite fine, thank you very much.

In researching the subject, I came across a study that was done on the pros and cons of allowing the use of smartphones at school. Among the findings was the claim that students who use smartphones in the classroom were more likely to “feel smart”, be happier and show interest in their subjects than students who didn’t have smartphones. The catch is that the finding was the result of student survey. They asked a bunch of high school students if having a smartphone in school helped them feel smart, be happier and show a greater interest in their subjects. If the response wasn’t a 100 per cent in favour I would question the veracity of the survey.

I’m sure you would get the same response if you offered them a $50 per diem for going to class.

Since when did you have to feel smart, be happy and show an interest in your subjects in order to do well at school? And why on earth does anyone need a smartphone and access to the Internet in order to feel smart and be happy?

When you start to measure your happiness by a high tech barometer, you know you’re in trouble.

They call it social media, but in fact Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are incredibly antisocial. We are raising an entire generation who will have lost the art of holding an intelligent conversation. Any effort to reverse that trend, or at least delay it, is okay with me.




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