Category Archives: Government Behaviour

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: 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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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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Municipal election primer: is that hire necessary?

Does your city, town, village or hamlet love to hire, hire and hire some more? The city council of Brantford, Ontario seems to think it needs a Director of Downtown Infrastructure Revitalization and Renewal Program. The annual cost to taxpayers:  … Continue reading

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Extra billing: okay and not okay

OKAY: Chart summary transfer Day Care Notes Disability tax credit form Driver’s D.O.T. physical exam & form Immunization Record Insurance Disability Forms Life Insurance Death Certificate Newborn circumcision Off work/school note School/Camp form Skin Lesions T.B. Skin Test Telephone Advice … Continue reading

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Rain Man vs. reality

“Too often the mental health-care system has not grown to meet the different and complex challenges (of people with developmental disabilities) that such ailments impose in adolescence and adulthood.”1 It’s fascinating that CAMH’s new Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and … Continue reading

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