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Keep digging

Posted: June 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm   /   Comment

To be clear, the County’s waterworks utility defies easy solutions. It is a hodgepodge of pipes, pumps and buildings spread across six corners of the County, its tentacles stretching into Belleville and Quinte West. None of pieces fit well together, many are nearing the end of their useful lives, all require significant investment. Meanwhile, the […]

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Underwater

Posted: June 15, 2017 at 9:36 am   /   Comment

The County is surrounded by so much clean, fresh water. Lake Ontario reaches its deepest point a few kilometres off South Marysburgh, descending 244 metres to the lake bottom. This Great Lake contains 393 million cubic metres of fresh water, lapping up onto 800 kilometres of Prince Edward County shore. So why is Prince Edward […]

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Neighbourhood rising

Posted: June 8, 2017 at 10:55 am   /   Comment

This can be a beginning—a place to start. Something transformational. Something important. The challenges stemming from the utter lack of affordable places to live for many in Prince Edward County are clear. The evidence abundant. They reach far beyond those directly impacted— it is our former neighbours, friends and co-workers forced to live in Belleville […]

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Economic wonder

Posted: June 2, 2017 at 8:51 am   /   Comment

As predictable as the quilt of dandelions covering park lawns after a May rainshower, the first significant thrust of visitors on the County on Victoria Day weekend invariably triggers the grumbling about the value of tourism. Accustomed to getting in and out of Tim Hortons while their tea is still piping hot, a trip through […]

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Theatre of the absurd

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 8:45 am   /   Comment

Who owns Hillier Hall? It is the only public space in the former township. There are no schools, no church halls or community centres in Hillier. Built in 1867, Hillier Hall has served as the community hub for as long as Canada has existed. It is where couples came to be celebrated after their marriage […]

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Stop talking

Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:29 am   /   Comment

That was one ‘State of Emergency’ too far. After Mayor Robert Quaiff declared to the world last week that Prince Edward County was submerged under water and too frail to fill our own sandbags—visitors began calling and cancelling plans to visit the County. County businesses were forced to divert resources and time to reassuring prospective […]

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Not a mystery

Posted: May 11, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Comment

Like the teenaged detectives in a Hardy Boys mystery, many on council believe they’ve figured out who the culprits are. And now they are going to follow the clues, track down the bad guys and bring them to justice. And as in those stories, several of our intrepid council members seem bound to jump to […]

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Thin protection

Posted: May 4, 2017 at 9:23 am   /   Comment

I don’t think Dalton McGuinty fully understood how much it would cost to move two gas generating plants from Mississauga to Oakville. I don’t think he knew that it would deplete the already pillaged Ontario treasury by more than a billion dollars. Billion with a b. Or that moving these unwanted and unneeded electricity generating […]

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Telling stories

Posted: April 27, 2017 at 11:34 am   /   Comment

Truth be told, it was a simple case of fraud. Thirteen years ago, I had no experience or training in running a newspaper. Armed only with the arrogance of a newcomer from the city and an unhealthy confidence in my own views, I acquired the Wellington Times from Gord Dancey in April 2004. A few […]

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Who will pay?

Posted: April 21, 2017 at 9:02 am   /   Comment

The immediate threat has passed. Yet there is lingering unease over the spill of fuel into Picton Bay and an unsettling sense of vulnerability in Picton and Bloomfield’s water system that didn’t exist a month ago. But unlike the toxic material that threatened this water supply, this unease is likely to grow and fester, rather […]

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