Michael Mantha’s News From The Park

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park column 201023

Regular readers of this column will no doubt have noticed that I frequently refer to various idioms and quotations.  I admit that I have always liked idioms as they cause us to think of the underlying meanings and how we … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s NFTP for 201009

When I was a boy, a friend of my mom lived a few doors down the street. From my youthful perspective at that time, I thought she was pretty old. It’s funny though because as I think of her today, … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200925

There are a multitude ‘realities’ in the world, including some very unpleasant ones found close to home in our own communities and even in our own families. One of the worst ones is of a family home destroyed by fire. … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200918

Isn’t it funny how less than a handful of words can bring about incredibly strong emotions or reactions in people? For example, can you think of three little words that can bring on beautiful smiles and literal tears of joy? … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200911

The pandemic has forced all of us to make some major changes to so much of what we do in our lives and daily routines. Some of the changes are pretty small and hardly noticeable while others seem gargantuan in … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200904

After living part time in Toronto for so many years, it will come as no surprise that I seldom come across anyone who has much good to say about commuting to work.  If someone does point out any advantage, it … Continue reading

It’s not too late: Mantha says capping class sizes is crucial for a healthy, successful school year

ALGOMA-MANITOULIN — Michael Mantha, NDP MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin says the ticking of the back-to-school clock is getting louder as the reopening of Ontario schools gets closer.  “Judging by the number of calls, letters and emails that my office is receiving, … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200828

There are so many ways to learn and to teach some of life’s most important lessons.  There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the most effective of these is personal experience.  This is not to say, however, that … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park column, 200821

We’ve all heard the proverbial saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  What you may not know is that the origin of the quotation is from an obituary written by author and philosopher Elbert Hubbard in 1915 for a … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 200814

They say the olfactory senses can bring about some of the strongest emotions and memories in people.  Like when you walk into a room and a particular scent such as baking cookies or a certain potpourri brings back powerful memories … Continue reading