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Articles by Phil Koning
There is a cure for polarization politics

There is a cure for polarization politics

Polarization in politics is a problem that we need to address. The partisan sniping that dominates online, leaves one wondering if technology is really a benefit to us. It is important though to remember that the world has mostly increased collaboration by virtue of...

Despair to determination

Despair to determination

Now that the government has failed to protect us from the known threat of successive pandemic waves, I am starting to see tweets of despair cross my Twitterfeed. The lament that parties are all the same and there is no one left to vote for is understandable, but we...

Perilous political prognostications

Perilous political prognostications

Those who predict political outcomes can be assured of two high risk outcomes: They prove themselves idiots They alienate and irritate anyone who supports a party you don't predict winning In spite of that, picking a winner can be an exhilarating experience, as...

Cold reality on northern roads needs hotter response

Cold reality on northern roads needs hotter response

Rushed supply chains, years of unregulated training, driver shortages, and winter are a recipe for disaster on northern highways designed for a lot less traffic.  The fatalities mount every winter…with a Dec. 17 collision on Highway 11 between Nipigon and Longlac...

Actions speak louder than words

Actions speak louder than words

That proverb rings true for organizations as much as individuals.  When the words become mere lip service to an ideal, the organization does more harm to its credibility than if it had not taken a stand in the first place. This is the story of how East Ferris is in...

Complicated election choice beats undemocratic options

Complicated election choice beats undemocratic options

We have all heard about declining voter participation and the reasons why we should be voting in an election, but really, the cycling in and out of the two major parties over the past decades wears a little thin. The reality of how fragile a political promise can be...

Hard data needed to assess, address road safety

Hard data needed to assess, address road safety

East Ferris residents want township officials to put the brakes on irresponsible driving. Concerned citizens have made presentations to council and posts to social media sites raising the alarm about speeding vehicles that endanger pedestrians and cyclists navigating...

Are we learning anything yet?

Are we learning anything yet?

We were warned a worldwide pandemic was a certainty and there were plans developed in preparation, yet no one followed them. Now we’re facing an economic hangover, resulting from the decisions made on how to control viral spread. And both history and current realities...

Free flow of information solves problems

Free flow of information solves problems

I’ve been reading news reports about municipal councils concerned about the cost of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.  I wrote about the Integrity Commissioner process before and although FOI appeals are already handled by a central office, the Information and...