Blog Posts - General Interest



On the spiritual value of stone

The extraction of massive amounts of stone from the bedrock of southern Ontario for use in construction, landscaping and road-building is expected to increase as the province’s population continues to grow. The Bruce Peninsula has long been a sourc...
by Finding Hope Ness on Dec 17, 2016

How to run an effective corporate retreat

I woke up to a beautiful view of a crystal clear lake with a background... The post How to run an effective corporate retreat appeared first on LiveCA. LiveCA is a full-service accounting firm which enables business owners to conduct face-to-face onl...

Reflections on the edge

The world is turning: My sweet corn is picked, at least three weeks ahead of last summer’s crop after an unusually cool summer. Not so this hot summer. It was a pretty good crop, despite the prolonged drought conditions thanks to many buckets of wa...
by Finding Hope Ness on Aug 20, 2016

Don’t play political games with climate change

On a Cosmic scale our beautiful little blue-green jewel of a planet is some kind of rare miracle – perhaps the only one – in a vast Universe of unimaginable extremes of blazing hot and deep-freezing cold. But global warming and the resulting clim...
by Finding Hope Ness on Aug 6, 2016

An amazing pace of change in rural Ontario

To compare moving from Toronto to the Bruce Peninsula 37 years ago to going back to a virtual Stone Age in some respects is taking way too much poetic licence to make a point, to be sure. After all, here where I live, in the secluded little rural com...
by Finding Hope Ness on Jul 30, 2016

More to the Bruce Peninsula than national parks

I happened to be in Wiarton twice the day before the start of the Canada Day, long holiday weekend, on my trip to and from Owen Sound to run a bunch of errands. Both times the northbound traffic was as heavy as I’ve ever seen it, in 37 years of liv...
by Finding Hope Ness on Jul 22, 2016

It’s not easy being Orange

It’s getting late, but I can’t let this day pass without noting July 12 is the date that commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, and the victory in 1690 of a Protestant army led by William of Orange over A Roman Catholic one led by James II, the de...
by Finding Hope Ness on Jul 13, 2016

The rain dance worked

After a couple of weeks of drought keeping the garden plants down, there’s nothing like a rainy day to perk their spirits up. Just before sunset, a few hours after the rain stopped and the sky had cleared, I went for a walk in the garden and was am...
by Finding Hope Ness on Jul 2, 2016

Look inward, Angel

I had many thoughts in the wake of two recent acts of disgraceful anti-Muslim behaviour here in Canada. And that was before the incredible results of the referendum this week in the United Kingdom in which 52 percent of those who voted cast their bal...
by Finding Hope Ness on Jun 25, 2016

A walk in the promising garden

Let’s go for a little morning walk in the garden. The sun’s out, but clouds are forming, with the prospect of some timely rain. It’s been about a week or so without – nothing too urgent just yet, a few things are in need of wa...
by Finding Hope Ness on Jun 23, 2016

Wi-Fi in the Dominican: a workation with LiveCA

They have Wi-Fi in the Dominican was my first response when my girlfriend told me that... The post Wi-Fi in the Dominican: a workation with LiveCA appeared first on LiveCA. LiveCA is a full-service accounting firm which enables business owners to co...

On riding a motorcycle in a barrel

Once upon a time when I was a young fellow at loose ends I ran away to join the circus. Strictly speaking it was a travelling carnival, but why quibble over minor details? Close, enough, if you ask me. I think it was shortly after I ran an ad in the...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 31, 2016

The Passion of Joan of Arc, a miracle movie

I can’t let this day go by without noting it is the date, May 30, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake 585 years ago after being tried on a variety of charges, including wearing men’s clothing. The French national heroine, who believed she had bee...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 30, 2016

A lost opportunity in relations with First Nations

I have a clear memory of sitting across from the late Chief James Mason in his office at the Saugeen First Nation Band Office at Chippawa Hill more than 30 years ago. It may not have been the first time, orthe last time. I hadseveral such meetings/in...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 28, 2016

LiveCA LLP to become Canada’s first virtual CPA Pre-approved Program for training students.

The Canadian CPA designation is one of the more demanding designations out there. Having completed... The post LiveCA LLP to become Canada’s first virtual CPA Pre-approved Program for training students. appeared first on LiveCA. LiveCA is a full-se...

LiveCA LLP to become Canada’s first virtual CPA Approved Training Office (ATO)

The Canadian CPA designation is one of the more demanding designations out there. Having completed... The post LiveCA LLP to become Canada’s first virtual CPA Approved Training Office (ATO) appeared first on LiveCA. LiveCA is a full-service account...

Climate change is real, and it’s here

Never underestimate the power, or the fragility of nature. Life on earth exists within a relatively narrow band of temperatures; a few degrees change either way may spell disaster in some parts of the world, and eventually all parts of it. It’s cer...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 14, 2016

Climate change is real, and it’s here

Never underestimate the power, or the fragility of nature. Life on earth exists within a relatively narrow band of temperatures; a few hours change either way may spell disaster in some parts of the world, and eventually all parts of it. It’s certa...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 14, 2016

Celebrating Canada’s diversity

I suppose one of the advantages of getting to a certain age is the view it offers of how dramatically things have changed, in so many ways. Whatever may be happening elsewhere in the world that is troubling and worrisome, my country, Canada, has chan...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 10, 2016

Celebrating Canada’s diversity

I suppose one of the advantages of getting to a certain age is the view it offers of how dramatically things have changed, in so many ways. Whatever may be happening elsewhere in the world that is troubling and worrisome, my country, Canada, has chan...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 10, 2016


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