Category Archives: Government Structure

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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Red and white health card switch: priorities anyone?

Here’s a sample of what some of you say about the once envied Ontario health care system courtesy of the London Free Press.  The full comments can be read at the link below. “Horrible, unacceptable wait times continue to haunt candidates … Continue reading

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Canadian election reform: short list

Listeners to the John Oakley Show on Toronto AM640 radio were asked if they believe pollsters, especially the ones that think they can predict the US presidential race.  A caller to the show made the perfect comment: “I don’t believe … Continue reading

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Canadian election reform: use what exists

No need to add to the oh so long list of departments and agencies of the Canadian government to reform Canada’s “democratic institutions.”  Let’s use what exists. Two of Elections Canada’s mandates are: conduct public information campaigns on voter registration, … Continue reading

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There, there little canadians …

The Liberals don’t like YOUR voting system. First-past-the-post is so passé so election reform is the only way, so they say. But don’t worry your pretty little heads its big, complicated. Spend your time surfing in Tofino instead. Your $1 … Continue reading

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Sunshine List: all or nothing

In case you missed it, Brant OPP didn’t give specifics on their staff contained in the 2016 Sunshine List of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional.  Similarly, there are no particulars on the four people who work at the … Continue reading

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Citizens get final say on voting reform

The Liberal government in Ottawa appears to want to rush voting reform, to change Canadians’ voting system.  While a facelift for democracy is needed, the Liberals should not try to do this without giving Canadians the final say.  The voting … Continue reading

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FIFA Fix: term limits or umbrella hats

The FIFA firestorm is another reminder that term limits make a political arena less corrupt.  Stupid wins the day less often. Term limits bring new blood.  A new broom (or brooms), just like in spring cleaning, stirs up the dust … Continue reading

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Ontario’s municipal elections: what won?

In too many jurisdictions, stupid won. Why? The uninformed. The ill-informed. The unmotivated. And, as an astute caller to a radio station put it, “the entrenched incumbent.” To say that low voter turnout is due to a municipal candidate’s lack … Continue reading

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“Just the facts, ma’am”

The drama percolates.  The plots thicken.  The accusations fly.  The newstainment media salivates.  The Political Class breaks into a cold sweat.  The fact and fiction meter is about to explode.  It’s fodder for a TV sitcom:  As Ontario Turns. Let’s look … Continue reading

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