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Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 211022

We’ve all heard the saying that it never rains, but it pours. We all know that in life, sometimes things go wrong. Unfortunately, at the moment, it appears that such is the case for Ontario’s health care system. Long before … Continue reading

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

Recipe This recipe for potato wedges is my new favourite. The combination of garlic, Italian seasoning and parmesan makes a delicious appetizer or side dish. Be sure to use russet potatoes, for best results. They can be dipped in your … Continue reading

This Column Started To Cross The Border But Ended Up In The Toilet

Man, it feels good to almost get back to normal.After a chaotic election that created unrest instead of change, after the fourth wave of the COVID-19 has eased off until the fifth arrives, after the release of the two Michaels … Continue reading

Maple Snickerdoodles

Recipe These soft and chewy maple snickerdoodles are so easy to make and are perfect for fall. The pure maple syrup flavour adds a sweet twist on the classic snickerdoodle recipe. If you’d like even more maple flavour, you can … Continue reading

What Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Needs Is A ‘Brain Guard’ Named Bill

“Justin my lad, my name’s Bill and I’m here to help.”“You’re going to help me win a fourth term?”“No, I said my name was Bill not God Almighty.”“I don’t get it.”“Sadly, son, there’s a Sahara Desert full of stuff you … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 211015

It is true that many people do not like to be labelled or categorized by any means.   But let’s be honest, all of us innocently do it to some degree. The recent constituency clinics that I hosted in various communities … Continue reading

Bread Pudding

Recipe Most of my life, I didn’t think I liked the idea of bread pudding UNTIL my mom made it and I tasted it. Now it’s one of my favourite desserts and is a perfect comfort dessert during the colder … Continue reading

The British Game Of ‘Silly Bugger’ Is Going Internationally Viral

The English rock band The Bus Station Loonies had a hit song “Playing Silly Bugger” about people and politicians acting the fool in the face of serious events.Once played exclusively by people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp, the game … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 211008

Now that the summer recess and subsequent prorogation until October is finally finished, a few days ago, I was making my way back to Toronto to get set up in my apartment and office for the upcoming new session.  I … Continue reading

Sheet Pan Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki

Recipe A quick, easy and delicious recipe. A perfect meal for a busy weekday, but also an impressive dish to serve to guests. Place everything on a large platter and allow everyone to assemble their own pitas. Sheet Pan Chicken … Continue reading