Author: Vern Hodgins

Who wants to be mayor?

This fall, watch for a Canadian reality show favourite set to return in October. Combining the elements of The Amazing Race Canada and The Apprentice, contestants vie for incredible jobs by convincing employers to replace the incumbents with the contenders. Want to give it a try? Then, let’s look at one of the available jobs, such as mayor of a major municipality. Caledon Mayor Alan Thompson took time to tell Peel Region Review about himself and to give some idea of what’s involved in a mayor’s job. The cowboy boots give away his rural roots. He grew up on...

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Caledon finds a home

Sometimes, gen-Xers and boomers like to poke fun at millennials who live at home with mom and dad, well past the age of majority. These stay-at-homes are always able-bodied, educated, and capable but, nonetheless, can’t seem to get off their phones long enough to get jobs. In today’s housing market, that’s a cruel stereotype for those who actually are stuck, unable to find a job that pays enough to cover rent. In reality, having somewhere to live is a luxury not all young adults get to enjoy. Plenty of them end up homeless, falling into the clutches of life...

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Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

In a time of cynicism and criticism directed at our governments, it’s important to pause and consider the contributions our leaders and public servants make to our community and to pray for their well-being. A variety of local Christian churches gathered parishioners to pray, sing and listen to speakers, including Mayor Allan Thompson, on May 16 at Caledon’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Reverend Dean Kennedy recounted how, at one time, he could not envision anything more boring than a Mayor’s prayer breakfast, especially one at seven in the morning. “Actually, at that point in my life,” he said, “I could...

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Bridge, denture or implant?

A few thousand years ago, if you needed some new teeth, it was a whole lot easier than it is today. The tribal healer simply sifted through a pile of human and animal teeth for some good matches, drilled little holes through them, looped them together like beads and tied them off to the adjacent teeth. It wasn’t a bad bargain for a basket of figs and nuts, and maybe a few barbecued squirrels. However, recycled teeth didn’t last. They rotted. Eventually, artisans began sculpting teeth from ivory using elephant, walrus and hippopotamus tusks. Tusks are teeth after all,...

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Brampton is the future

Popular 1960s animated television series, The Jetsons, featured a family living high above the ground in the futuristic Orbit City. They nip around in their glass-domed flying saucer car and, when not flying, zoom along on conveyor-belt sidewalks. Robots and newfangled contraptions look after their every need and, with all that saved time, they find themselves in plenty of hilarious predicaments. A look at the ambitious Brampton 2040 Vision might reveal where internationally-renowned Professor Larry Beasley, as a young teen, may have found his inspiration. He’s the fellow who planned the much-admired downtown core in Vancouver, which made him...

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