Most of Phil McNichol’s multi-faceted work career has been in the news business. He has worked as a Grey/Bruce-based journalist since moving to the Bruce (Saugeen) Peninsula in 1979, including more than 20 years as a staff reporter for The Sun Times in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. He also wrote his award-winning weekly column Counterpoint for The Sun Times for 15 years. It earned him an Ontario Newspaper (ONA) Award in 2005 for opinion and analysis writing. He also won a Western Ontario Newspaper Award (WONA) in 1994, with two other Sun Times reporters for a series they did as a team on the issue of fresh water as a threatened resource. Phil has written extensively on local, provincial, and national politics, Indigenous rights, local and foreign affairs, agriculture, the environment, nuclear energy, aging, literature, and his beloved little farm in Hope Ness.
Phil has also owned and operated several small, local businesses including the Family Deli, Dreamers Gallery, and a market garden he continues to cultivate, plant, and harvest. He sells his naturally-grown produce at the farm on Cathedral Drive, beside the Bruce Trail, and at the grocery store in the village of Lion’s Head. He has continued to write short stories, and is working on two novels: ‘A Toronto Tragedy,’ a family history, largely focused on his maternal grandmother’s life; and ‘Hope Ness,’ the story of a very elderly man who undertakes an extraordinary journey to return to the place of his birth in order to finally come to grips with tragic events that happened there.
Read his introductory blog, Finding Hope Ness, here.