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A new story

Posted: February 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm   /   Comment

Over the past few weeks council, reporters and others have listened as municipal staff, fire, police, ambulance and nursing home administrators have made their pitch for more funding. Most, if not all, present very good stories. Rich, authentic, compelling stories. They tell stories of efficiency, of safety, of improved asset utilization—if only they had more […]

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Why not?

Posted: February 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm   /   Comment

The Lakeshore running track at CML Snider is the only facility of its kind in Prince Edward County. It’s more than 30 years old and it is beginning to disintegrate—crumbling at the edges and potholes forming in the running lanes. Thousands of County kids and athletes from the region use the facility several times each […]

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A principled man

Posted: February 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm   /   Comment

The County has lost a thoughtful and caring man. Lyle McBurney passed away last week after a short illness. Lyle was likely many things in his life but he was best known to me as a defender of principle, and eager to contribute to his adopted community. He was one of the original founders of […]

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Heroes stand up

Posted: January 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm   /   Comment

Win or lose, Ian Hanna and Dr. Robert McMurtry are heroes. They deserve our thanks and enduring appreciation for standing up to the McGuinty government this week. Neither of these men was looking for a fight—especially not one with an entity as powerful as a provincial government. Both had reached a point in their lives, […]

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Induced confusion

Posted: January 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm   /   Comment

Is it working? Are you confused about wind energy yet? Confusion was the remedy offered by Sussex Strategy Group last fall in a pitch to the Ontario Government. Seeing that the McGuinty Liberals were facing tough headwinds from voters on its energy policies—the Toronto based public relations firm offered to help. Confuse the public was […]

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A thousand cuts

Posted: January 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm   /   Comment

It’s happening again. Belleville General Hospital (BGH) is being squeezed. Too many patients, too few beds and no money to add more. So, just like every other time that BGH has run into trouble, it is the Picton hospital that has to pay. Resources are being taken away from Prince Edward County Memorial to shore […]

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Cut smartly

Posted: January 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm   /   Comment

The Queen gets it. Or at least her representative in Canada, the Governor General, gets it. Food is important. Where its grown, how it is prepared and what the consumption of food does to our planet. This is why the Governor General chose to honour Hillier’s own Jamie Kennedy twice last year—in June bestowing upon […]

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The year that was

Posted: December 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm   /   Comment

It started with a decision. Actually it was the very last day of 2009 that Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) vice-chair Jyoti Zuidema dismissed an appeal made by Lyle McBurney and Jim McPherson seeking to erase the County’s historic ward boundaries for electoral purposes and redistribute the population in a way that would better balance each […]

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Ice and water

Posted: December 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm   /   Comment

The DukeDome was supposed to close on Sunday. That was the plan. The ice plant was to shut down. The lights turned off and the doors locked. After serving this community in one form or another for nearly 80 years, and a touching sendoff on Friday, the DukeDome’s days were done. But late last week, […]

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The house that Jim built

Posted: December 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm   /   Comment

He was optimistic from the outset. Even as the ink on the report spelling the end of the DukeDome was drying, Jim Dunlop was already working to get the Wellington and District Community Centre rebuilt. Not every one was as confident. There were many good and some less good reasons to question the development of […]

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