Toronto Sun, by Mike Strobel
KAGAWONG – Looks like Martians landed on Manitoulin Island this spring. Liberal Martians. They hulk on McLean’s Mountain behind Little Current, Manitoulin’s metropolis, pop. 1,500. What a shocking sight it is as you approach the century-old iron swing bridge, the only land link.
When I left last October, there was nothing between that ridge and God but treetops and clouds. Now? Someone call Orson Welles.
“It’s like we’ve been invaded,” Deb Turner tells me at Turners of Little Current, a 135-year-old department store. The War of the Worlds giants also march along the Cup and Saucer trail behind M’Chigeeng, the closest Ojibwa reserve to my woodsy shack near Kagawong, “Ontario’s Prettiest Village.” “They’re a blight,” says Deb’s husband, Jib, who is running for Tim Hudak’s Tories.
Jib’s great-great-grandmother was migrating west when her boat arrived at this Paradise and she declared, “I don’t know about you, but I’m staying right here.” Who could blame her? Or the Martians? The Ojibwa call this Spirit Island with reason. Read article