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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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Muted

Posted: August 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm   /   Comment

Kathleen Wynne said no. With an election looming in June, the Ontario premier shot down the proposal made by the gathered municipal leaders last week in Ottawa. They had come to ask her to increase the harmonized sales tax (HST) by one per cent to help fund the rehabilitation of crumbling municipal infrastructure from Kenora […]

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Dots

Posted: August 17, 2017 at 9:12 am   /   Comment

Ontario is currently working toward another electricity import deal with Quebec. It is likely a good thing. Most of our neighbour’s electricity is generated by massive hydro dams on the James Bay and St. Lawrence watershed—so, by today’s convoluted meaning of the word, it is clean. It is also reliable and manageable—the opposite of the […]

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Let’s talk

Posted: August 10, 2017 at 10:23 am   /   Comment

There are no easy solutions to the County’s financial woes. Those who say otherwise aren’t telling you the truth. Or don’t understand the numbers. Neither of which is an acceptable or tolerable situation when uttered by an elected County official. There are, however, practical, workable things we can do to alter the County’s fated financial […]

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A parable

Posted: August 3, 2017 at 8:46 am   /   Comment

Imagine a place not unlike this one—resplendent with natural beauty, hundreds of kilometres of freshwater shoreline and a tranquil population—unfussed by the busy making at the shire hall. While most everyone suspected something was wrong inside those walls—there seemed nothing to be gained by looking closer. There was too much positive, enchanting and distracting about […]

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Once and for all

Posted: July 27, 2017 at 8:46 am   /   Comment

Story: Rick Conroy Few will mourn the end of the size-ofcouncil debate. It was, for most, a discussion occurring on the fringes—with little direct impact on our daily lives, jobs or taxes. The issue only gained wide public interest after council chose to put the question on the ballot in the municipal election of 2010—and […]

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