Posted: June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am   /   Comment

It has been 11 years since seven people died drinking municipal water in Walkerton, Ontario. Twenty-five hundred more got sick from water that had been contaminated by E. coli bacteria that May day in 2000. Run off from nearby farms was found to be the cause of the outbreak. It had been known for years […]

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Coping with success

Posted: June 3, 2011 at 9:58 am   /   Comment

Kevin Gale is right. The business of economic development in Prince Edward County is being tossed about senselessly, mostly by folks with no experience, and seemingly little understanding of marketing. Worse, some of the folks howling loudest for reform in the way we promote the local economy have no skin in the game. They get […]

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Who’s next?

Posted: May 27, 2011 at 9:17 am   /   Comment

Last week Dalton McGuinty announced he had managed to wrestle a two-year wage freeze from the OPP across the province. But not before he had handed over an immediate five per cent wage increase. And not before he promised another 8.5 per cent ‘catch up’ pay raise when the freeze ends in 2014. For those […]

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Portrait of a madman

Posted: May 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm   /   Comment

Just how far will he go? Since Dalton McGuinty stared into a television camera in a leaders’ debate in 2003 and promised he would rid the province of coalfired electricity generation by 2007, there has been no barrier, no regulation, no safeguard strong enough or important enough to slow Dalton McGuinty from his futile obsession […]

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Results may vary

Posted: May 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm   /   Comment

Numbers don’t lie. They can, however, tell a story. Some of these stories are riveting, some scary, others uplifting. This story is a mostly a good one—albeit with some disappointing bits. Most importantly this story casts a light where shadows have claimed domain for too long. The County Treasurer’s report on the financial condition of […]

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Getting to know you

Posted: May 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm   /   Comment

The one sure thing that can be said of the election on Monday is that Canadians reward the folks that hang around. They get used to them. Then they elect them. Stephen Harper is Prime Minister with his first majority government this morning because most folks have gotten to know him over these past seven […]

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Saving Canada

Posted: April 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm   /   Comment

“We live in the best country in the world.” This surely is the most common observation by folks who have travelled or spent time outside of this country. Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself. Whether folks venture into the desperate poverty of Delhi or the relative opulence of Palm Beach, when we return home we […]

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Not standing still

Posted: April 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm   /   Comment

This week’s paper celebrates (perhaps a little early) the approach of our 20th year with some exciting changes to our format and a renewed sense of purpose. Working with Wellington’s own Don Heathcote, we have freshened up the design to be more consistent, clean and readable. We have also shortened our masthead to state simply […]

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Just a game

Posted: April 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm   /   Comment

Hockey is life. This is what I often tell my kids as we leave the rink, usually when they haven’t given a particularly inspiring effort. This sermon is always given on the car ride home—because I suspect for some my “hockey is life” speech to 10 year olds just sounds nuts. I don’t mean that […]

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What it’s all about

Posted: April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm   /   Comment

Just so we are clear—the amount of County taxpayer money at stake in the economic development department before eight councillors hacked at it was just under one per cent of the total amount the County will spend this year. One per cent. By slashing 20 per cent of this single budget—these eight councillors, in this […]

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