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Navigation aids

Posted: November 25, 2016 at 8:40 am   /   Comment

How do we know what we know? It is an important question when making a big decision. Even when all the signposts point in one direction, we can still be led astray. Not intentionally, mind you.But through poor design, lack of context and bad assumptions we can be convinced we are headed the right way, […]

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The fall

Posted: November 18, 2016 at 9:33 am   /   Comment

Winter is coming. It’s a season, particularly in Canada, that can inflict hardship and enduring suffering upon the unprepared. In another era, we knew instinctively to fill our cupboards and root cellars in the fall, to ready our lives for the coming winter. We cut and chopped wood to stay warm. Because winter can be […]

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Past due

Posted: November 11, 2016 at 8:55 am   /   Comment

It wasn’t idle curiosity, but neither was there a specific purpose to my request. In reading and writing about the County’s waterworks these past 13 years, and specifically about the escalating costs of keeping this system of pipes and pumps flowing smoothly, there was no obvious measure of how consumers were coping. There is plenty […]

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Get out of the way

Posted: November 4, 2016 at 8:51 am   /   Comment

The challenges we face in Prince Edward County—declining school enrollment, decaying roads, a shortage of affordable housing and a sputtering economy due to a shrinking manufacturing and industrial base—aren’t unique to this community. Across rural Ontario, these trends chip away at the fading veneer of once vital and optimistic towns and villages. These forces are […]

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A necessary fight

Posted: October 28, 2016 at 8:45 am   /   Comment

Taking back Pleasant Bay Road will be hard. There are other roadways and many more unopened road allowances where the County’s claim may be challenged. The County could find itself entangled in a legal thicket for years. Yet, that is precisely what it must do. Consciously and deliberately. When gates were erected across Pleasant Bay […]

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Bad actors

Posted: October 21, 2016 at 8:49 am   /   Comment

The image remains seared into the consciousness of everyone who witnessed the grotesque spectacle. The full power and fury of the state and its legal might, side by side with one of most powerful law firms in Canada, arrayed against the grey-haired volunteers of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists. Five Goliaths against one David. […]

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Affordable

Posted: October 14, 2016 at 9:03 am   /   Comment

How do we make a living in Prince Edward County affordable? The fundamentals are working against us. There are a finite number of homes in the County, and the stock is growing slowly. Many homes are being converted to accommodate visitors rather than tenants. And this dwindling rental stock isn’t being replenished. So increasingly, the […]

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Missing

Posted: October 7, 2016 at 9:15 am   /   Comment

Have you seen County council? They were first reported missing more than a year ago. Since then, a few traces have turned up here and there, but no confirmed sightings. When last seen they were wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Keep calm and ignore the size of council.” September is usually a busy time […]

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Some certainty

Posted: September 30, 2016 at 8:44 am   /   Comment

It was a bad idea from the beginning. It was clear from the outset in 1997 and 1998, that rural Ontario municipalities lacked the means to manage and care for the thousands of miles of roads and bridges thrust upon them. Many were already struggling under the burden of the infrastructure they already had. Some […]

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Never grey

Posted: September 23, 2016 at 9:03 am   /   Comment

Dora Holdaway appreciated the absurd, the odd, the out-of-place. It made her happy. And she shared her joy with all she encountered. She needed to tell you the latest bit of strangeness she had come across that day. I first met her in 2004. Dora and Len were living in a large apartment on Main […]

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