[full magazine]


HMCS Skeena at port

The Spirit of a Ship

Chris Barker has spent the last twenty-five years ensuring that the sacrifices of the fifteen seamen who lost their lives when HMCS Skeena was wrecked…

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The McLuhan Way

Boxes of uncatalogued books, collected over Marshall McLuhan’s lifetime of study and reflection, become the medium through which a grandfather relays his……

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Kiss me Under a Shining Sun

Jeanette Arsenault looks beyond a parent’s grief to keep the memory of her beloved daughter, Kait Shannon, alive. Kait’s Comfort Kits – packets of small luxuries…

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The Hay-man of Hastings County

John Macoun, an Irish immigrant, arrived in Canada as a young man. Over his lifetime, he dug up grasses, scraped mosses from rocks and pressed plants – gathering over 100,000 specimens from every corner of Canada that would become the foundation of the nation’s botanical knowledge base.…

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Matt and Sara Market & Smor


The Market & Smør

On the face of it, a brick and mortar greengrocer opening up on the main street of a small town shouldn’t necessarily bring the word “innovative” to mind. Time was you could take it for granted that you’d be able to pick up tonight’s supper downtown. It’s been fifteen years since fresh produce was regularly available on King Street in Cobourg, while big box stores have proliferated on the edges of town.…

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[Fence Posts]

Keeping the Mind Free of Reptiles

I’ve always felt like a bit of a rebel, living as I have for nearly 40 years as a back-to-the-lander and filling the freezer every fall with food I produce myself. But to the bearded hobbits in my son’s…

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[Must, Must, Must]

What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region

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[Beyond the Garden Gate]

Enchanted Reality

The rolling Northumberland countryside can be a place of delightful contrasts, where unlikely dreams take root and grow. Keith Del Principe and bekky O’Neil, owners of Cardboard Reality Farm and Studio will tell you that contrasts are really only similarities brought full circle…

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[George's Pond]

All That Glitter

If you’re a regular reader of my contributions to these pages, you know very well that deep thinking is not my forte. You’ll have to look elsewhere for an in-depth analysis of the Mueller Report or a learned doomsday treatise on the strange new world of Artificial Intelligence we’re all facing. Nor will you find any insightful self-help advice here. No wise words on how to live a more fulfilling life either.…

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[A Curated Collection]

Michael Glover

A derelict truck in a field, large skies at the edge of day, or billowing clouds over prairies, mountains and lakes. Through his graphic, colourful, large scale oil paintings of the landscape, Michael Glover hopes to share his feelings about Canada and how his travels have affected him.…

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[Watershed Teaser]

True or False

Test your knowledge of local geography and other trivia related to our favourite corner of the countryside.…

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shelagh armstrong

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design…

david newland

A writer, speaker, and musician based in Cobourg, David travels widely…

janet davies

After a move from England to Toronto in 1993, Jan stayed there only until she discovered…