Category Archives: Responsible and Accountable Expenditures

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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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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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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Grand River Conservation Authority wants more of your money

In the wake of the Brantford, Ontario flooding, it’s stunning how the GRCA has the audacity to ask for more taxpayers’ dollars.  In the 2018 budget passed on 23 February, another $3M+ is supposedly needed to, among other tasks, “reduce … Continue reading

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LHIN & CCAC Navigation gross waste of taxpayers’ dollars

Who do you want making decisions about your health care:  therapists, nurses, doctors or paper-shufflers? That’s the question Ontarians should be asking.  Bill 41 isn’t even a year old and we’re seeing its effect.  Paper shufflers at Local Health Integration … Continue reading

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Schools don’t need A/C when they have fake grass

Well, well, some precious teachers and students (notice who comes first here) found it a bit warm in the classroom during the recent heat wave in Ontario. Not so in the case of those who took to the multi-million dollar … Continue reading

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Will city’s land purchase of 6719 acres fix current roads?

The City of Brantford-Brant County boundary adjustment, hyped to the point that it makes The Second Coming look like chopped liver, was approved last December.   The Liberal government of Ontario, in its infinite pragmatism, gave the boundary adjustment “deal” its … Continue reading

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Surprise, surprise, surprise, part 2

Hey, what about the Mohawk Lake clean up our pet, ahem, L-E-G-A-C-Y project we can’t forsake? Canadians will handout 2M if Brantford folk pony up 5M. Wait a minute, we haven’t paid back the $18M debenture for the Greenwich-Mohawk clean … Continue reading

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Surprise, surprise, surprise*

The 2017 budget of the City of Brantford was oh so frustrating. We had surprises but did our best in deliberating: 4.39% hike for homeowners 7.15% hike in commercial class 2.65% hike in industrial class It’s a shame (pass me … Continue reading

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Educrats: 36 Superintendents of Education & counting

The Toronto District School Board ‘s (TDSB) Senior Team Leadership Directory lists 5 Executive Superintendents and, count’em, 36 Superintendents of Education. Holy educrats, Batman! The 2017 Ontario budget made scant attempt to reduce the bloated civil service. The cost of … Continue reading

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