Category Archives: Infrastructure

City gov’t: understand your basic job

Consider a city that has taken gradual steps (albeit without a sense of priorities) this year to maintain essential infrastructure, e.g., roads, sewers, water mains, within a regular budget.  (The basic responsibility of a city government.)  That city in its … Continue reading

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Lorne Crescent is smoother than Colborne Street

If a city is in the business of providing and looking after essential infrastructure, such as roads, a smart city knows that that is its prime responsibility. To maintain roads a smart city follows the hierarchy of roads.  Baring an … Continue reading

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Mohawk Lake clean up: priorities anyone?

Brantford, Ontario’s latest flavour-of-the-month sexy project is the proposed clean up of Mohawk Lake and canal.  Some politicians love to regale themselves and their groupies in such projects–they look good in campaign literature and make headlines.  (Road maintenance, sewer maintenance, lead-free drinking water systems, … Continue reading

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Arterial road, arterial road, arterial road

The stretch of Brantford’s Murray St. (between Colborne St. and Dalhousie St.) looks good.  Watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer upgrades were recently completed.  This work needed to be done. Unfortunately, here we have another instance of a collector road,  Murray … Continue reading

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Arterial takes precedence over collector, part 2

Here’s a close look at the condition of a collector road (Shellards Lane, Brantford, Ontario):   Here’s a close look at the condition of an artieral road (Colborne St., Brantford, Ontario):   Here’s a close look at the condition of … Continue reading

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Arterial takes precedence over collector, part 1

It’s good when a municipality maintains and upgrades infrastructure—one of its primary responsibilities.  Part of this process is the challenge of putting together a list of priorities. When dealing with road infrastructure a municipality must adhere to the hierarchy of … Continue reading

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Huronia et al Settlement Unsettling

Last December, settlements were reached in class-action lawsuits that allege abuse at three former regional centres (Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern) operated by the Ontario Government for people with developmentally disabilities.  The total cost of the settlements is $68 million. Just as outdated … Continue reading

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The Chamber of Commerce Effect

In a city with unused, underused and misused commercial and industrial properties, you would think that the local Chamber of Commerce would make it a priority to work with their membership and local government, which provides intelligent zoning, to deal with such … Continue reading

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Libraries: QUIET is Quite Important

Noisy libraries have become the norm because of an increase in people talking, eating and entertaining.   These libraries have lost the distinct quality of quiet. The library proper has become the meeting place, the group study area, the lunchroom, the … Continue reading

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Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex: 37 Questions Make the Proposal Questionable

1) In a July 13, 2011 Brantford Expositor poll, 57% of respondents voted NO to a new Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics-Recreation Complex.  Why is this result ignored? 2) The Government of Canada has a $26 billion deficit and a $600 billion … Continue reading

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