Jim Merriam, Toronto Sun

Jim Merriam is a freelance writer who retired after a 45-year career in media that took him to newspapers and television stations from Ontario to Alberta and back. He is a former Editor of The Sun Times in Owen Sound and former Publisher of community newspaper groups including Saugeen Press in Durham and Fairway in Kitchener. He has been a columnist on issues from business to Aboriginal affairs to general interest for most of his career. He has won awards for writing and community work and was recognized by Buckingham Palace in 2008 for his work in therapeutic riding. He raises and drives draught mules on his farm in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario.


Merriam: Grey-Bruce tea society out to lunch

Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.

The White House is seen from the South Lawn in Washington on May 15, 2012. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Mean streets come up big for Obama

There’s been an abundance of talk about Wall St. and Main St. in recent U.S. elections, but little about the mean streets.

Premier Dalton Mcguinty speaks at the Canadian Club of Toronto luncheon, January 24, 2012. (QMI Agency/Dave Abel)

Farm support is only in Dalton’s head

Premier Dalton McGuinty told the legislature March 7, “Our single strongest group of supporters and champions for feed-in tariff in Ontario ... is Ontario farmers.”