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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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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Behaving badly

Posted: July 20, 2017 at 9:15 am   /   Comment

Belleville. Man, you folks are on a roll. Most weeks, The Times keeps its focus trained on County government and Shire Hall—but the spectacular antics coming out of your City Hall lately demand special attention—in the way badly behaving children sometimes do. First the casino. Wow, did you folks ever need that. Few jurisdictions in […]

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Inside the sausage factory

Posted: July 13, 2017 at 8:57 am   /   Comment

Mayor Quaiff knew it wouldn’t work. He understood the Ontario Municipal Board would look badly upon his council’s decision-making on the issue. He knew that by failing to complete the process council itself had framed, an objective reader of electoral law in Canada would be hard pressed to say he and his colleagues had met […]

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Royal leadership

Posted: July 6, 2017 at 8:51 am   /   Comment

As if thus arranged, the morning’s grey and sputtering skies suddenly gave way to glorious sunshine just as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla stepped out of their car in Wellington on Friday afternoon. The Royal Couple were a bit late—which, as it turned out, permitted market vendors and well-wishers near ideal conditions with which […]

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Our stories

Posted: June 29, 2017 at 9:04 am   /   Comment

I had the opportunity last month to drive across a part of our country. From Prince Edward County to Slave Lake, Alberta and back, by way of Grasslands National Park in southernmost Saskatchewan, Banff and Jasper in Alberta. Each of these national treasures is accessible for free in this anniversary year celebrating the founding of […]

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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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