Creative financing

Posted: July 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm   /   Comment

How does a $65 million courthouse bear a $270 million price tag for Ontario taxpayers? (see story here)  Forgive me, readers, for I stray off the County this week in an attempt to understand how the province is spending your tax dollars and mine across the bridge. Let’s first describe the problem we are trying […]

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Talking trash

Posted: July 8, 2011 at 9:04 am   /   Comment

The contract to pick up County garbage comes up for renewal in a few days. The new deal is predicted to cost the County and its ratepayers a bit less than last year, partly because a fuel surcharge added in recent years has been negotiated away. A committee of council agreed last week to extend […]

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Tunnel vision

Posted: June 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm   /   Comment

Some files need more attention than others. As a rule the ones requiring a more focused eye are most easily identified by the vast sums of money that flow through them—yet for our municipal council, it doesn’t always work this way. Council will meet this week to discuss once more how its two economic development […]

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Posted: June 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm   /   Comment

Beware of folks who come to tell you the end of the world is near—they are inevitably trying to sell you something. While Harold Camping’s Judgment Day prediction, for May 21, didn’t pan out quite the way he figured, the U.S. radio preacher was lucky enough to fall back on about $80 million in donations […]

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Knowing the law

Posted: June 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm   /   Comment

Our relationship with the police is a complicated one.We ask them to do a job many of us wouldn’t do and we complain they aren’t as friendly as we would like. While the rest of us are asleep in our beds, police officers are being called to a dilapidated apartment down a seedy lane to […]

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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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