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Municipal election primer: Will city’s land purchase of 6719 acres fix current roads? Part 4

Here’s another arterial road that is on the laundry list of roads in Brantford, Ontario that require TLC. If it ever gets redone, will subpar asphalt be used for a quick (but not lasting) fix?   We appreciate your comments. … Continue reading

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Municipal election primer: do you need that new city hall

Brantford City Hall graces 100 Wellington Square in Brantford, Ontario.  It was built in 1967 to mark Canada’s Centennial.  Mr. Michael Kopsa made excellent use of Brutalist architecture in its design.  This included provisions for expanding the structure. Unfortunately, it … Continue reading

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Municipal election primer: oh where, oh where should that new retailer go?

Oh where, oh where have the plans for Brantford’s little Costco gone? Oh where, oh where can they be? With the Craig St. location coming up short, and the Wayne Gretzky Parkway and 403 interchange change to long, Oh where, … Continue reading

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Municipal election primer: do you need a new hospital?

Is the drywall still curing on your current hospital’s last addition? Has a provincial government investigation found your hospital to have an “unacceptable failure in both governance and executive leadership?”1 Did that investigation find the hospital failed to balance its … Continue reading

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WANTED: Canadian Trade Negotiator

The successful candidate will know that: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is not a sacred cow. A good trade deal should bolster Canadian business/manufacturing and small-town Canada, not do the opposite. Canadian cows and poultry are not sacred. … Continue reading

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Municipal election primer: does your elected official know when to move on?

How many terms have each of your elected officials served? Unfortunately, elected officials rarely know when its time to move on.  Democracy is best served and protected when an elected office is renewed through new people. How do we know … Continue reading

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Do you have common sense?

If you put your garbage to the curb not more than 24 hours before collection day, you may have common sense. If you use lawnmowers and other noisy tools, machinery in a residential neighbourhood on any day but Sunday, you … Continue reading

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Rain Man vs. reality, part 2

If “community living” agencies have the best interests of people with developmental disabilities in mind, when was the last time “community living” agencies provided the families/guardians of the people in their care: a physical report, including copies of medical tests … Continue reading

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Municipal election primer: how many reps are needed at meeting?

Do your municipal reps like spending your money on out-of-town meetings? At the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s 2018 meeting (August 19-22), Brantford, Ontario City Council felt the urge to send eight, count them—8—reps: The Mayor The Mayor’s Chief of Staff … Continue reading

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Supply management: better food quality?

We’re told that supply management is suppose to improve the quality of dairy, chicken and turkey products, table eggs, and broiler hatching eggs.  Why then do Canadians still find blood spotted eggs and bloody, antibiotics-laced poultry on their plates?   We … Continue reading

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