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Vulnerable

Posted: November 3, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Comment

It turns out, no one is standing on guard for thee. Wind and rain have been blowing across Prince Edward County all weekend long. Meanwhile, massive mounds of road salt lie uncovered and exposed to the blowing rain, stockpiled on a patch of ground next to Picton Bay—plumes of sodium chloride crystals are often picked […]

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Uncommonly generous

Posted: October 26, 2017 at 9:34 am   /   Comment

Among the rewards of doing this job over the past 14 years has been the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the many interesting, talented and able folks who live in this community—some of whom have lived here all their lives, others who grew up here and came back, and still others […]

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Wrong way

Posted: October 19, 2017 at 9:59 am   /   Comment

Council members will have a tough time explaining this one. Last week, a majority overruled its own planning department, instead approving a bylaw written by the development team seeking to build a new supermarket and three free-standing retail stores on the western edge of Picton. At issue is the potential impact of adding retail space […]

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Unforgiven

Posted: October 12, 2017 at 8:47 am   /   Comment

Kathleen Wynne knows her policies will hurt places like Ostrander Point, Milford, Amherst Island, South Kent, Finch and dozens of other rural communities across this province. It’s possible her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, so blinkered by his feverish quest for a green legacy, was unable to conceive the consequences of wiping away the safeguards that protect […]

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Ontario gothic

Posted: October 6, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Comment

Mary Shelley is said to have conceived the story of Frankenstein, a manmade monster let loose upon the countryside, while under the influence of opium in the cold summer of 1816. The gothic horror story, it turns out, was the work of a dark imagination fuelled by opioids. It begs the question: what was Kathleen […]

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Judicious

Posted: September 28, 2017 at 9:12 am   /   Comment

Picton Town Hall is a beautiful old building. Or, at least the second floor is. I have never ventured into the first floor, into, what was until recently, the Picton Fire Hall. The exterior, too, has architectural value worth preserving. And protecting. The building has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as the […]

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Policy fail

Posted: September 21, 2017 at 8:51 am   /   Comment

Weariness is no excuse for bad decision- making. Sadly, too many issues, great and small, are decided around Shire Hall’s council table by fatigue. Not by insight. Not by argument. Not with a preponderance of evidence. But rather because council is tired. They just don’t want to talk about it anymore. What this means is […]

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If not this, then what?

Posted: September 15, 2017 at 8:52 am   /   Comment

I will happily give Councillor Bill Roberts the last word in the debate about the best way to raise money for the County’s roads, bridges and waterworks. But not today. The good councillor acknowledges that the crisis faced by rural communities across this province is “serious” and “structural”. That means he knows there isn’t a […]

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Inspiring

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:35 am   /   Comment

These words are long overdue. I suggest that for many, Prince Edward County would be unrecognizable were it not for the generosity and kindness of Lanny and Catharine Huff. There is scarcely a corner, a cultural activity or community gathering place that has not benefited from their grace. Their thoughtfulness. Their good-heartedness. The newly invigorated […]

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Argument

Posted: September 1, 2017 at 8:56 am   /   Comment

A conversation. At last. Buried in the Sophiasburgh councillor’s desire to shape and civilize the dialogue, there is the kernel of an argument. A basis, perhaps, for debate. (See Letters page 7). It is surely one of the oldest democratic conundrums— how to tax and pay for the things government do—yet, it is as important […]

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