Municipal election primer: do your sewers deliver?

Making sure a municipality’s sewer (a.k.a. wastewater) system delivers, is maintained and is upgraded is pretty basic stuff for those who occupy your local government building(s), wouldn’t you say?  That’s really what government is intended for:

  1. deliver service
  2. maintain service
  3. upgrade service

(Note:  nothing here about social engineering or propagating victimhood)

Back to sewers: does the sewer system handle the current population and projected population?

Citizens of Brantford, Ontario learned recently that two of the city’s nine pumping stations can’t keep up to current demand, let alone future demand.  But the real kicker is Brantford only started monitoring pumping capacity in—May 2017!

You’ll remember that the city is in throes of rolling out the great Brantford-Brant Boundary Adjustment.  The deal was approved in January 2016.  Do you think knowing the city’s sewage capacity and specifically what is needed for more capacity would be engrained, then and now, in engineers at city hall?  During the final public sessions before the approval from the province, we found out that along with actual sewage, the thorough knowledge of current sewage capacity and future needs were murky.  Now we know both still are.

Mr. Tony Araujo, president of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant had this to say:

“This is troubling. It is difficult to reconcile that the city was not routinely monitoring and measuring the capacity of the pumping stations in order to determine the future capacity needs of any new development. This would be an essential piece of any business plan undertaken in the private sector where business needs to have a clear understanding of existing resources and what resources would be required to expand their businesses.”1




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Has Google asked your permission?

Have you noticed that your uploaded photographs often show up on search engines, such as Google?

Has a search engine ever cleared the appearance of your photo(s) on their site with you?


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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:  $175,000.

Funding for the position will come from the city’s capital budget.

The Brantford “City Hall” Expositor reported the following words emanating from the hallowed halls of city hall:  “When you look at the scope of the work that needs to be done in the downtown, we really do need to have a project manager, who is in contact with all of those who will be impacted by what’s being done.  We want to make sure people are aware well before the fact so that nothing comes as a surprise.”1

Therefore, you’d be stupid to think that the city can’t cope one more day without said director, right?

Hmm.  Wait, there’s more:  a reference was made to 1994 “when a lot of work was being done (downtown)” and “people and businesses didn’t know what was going on (City Hall included, if you ask us).”

That may have been the case in 1994, but who has overseen the work done downtown from 1995 to now? Perhaps it was the:

  1. Manager of Continuous Improvement (part of Public Works Department lambrinth2)
  2. Administrative Coordinator, Continuous Improvement Office
  3. Asset Management Specialist, Continuous Improvement Office
  4. Administrative Assistant #1, Continuous Improvement Office
  5. Administrative Assistant #2, Continuous Improvement Office
  6. Administrative Assistant #3, Continuous Improvement Office.

Perhaps it was someone form Facilities & Asset Management, such as:

  1. Director Facilities & Asset Management
  2. Capital Planning Coordinator #1, Facilities & Asset Management
  3. Capital Planning Coordinator #2, Facilities & Asset Management.

On the “make-sure-people-are-aware” front, it may have been one or more of the following people who kept the masses informed:

  1. Director of Communications & Community Engagement, Corporate Communications
  2. Senior Designer/Creative Director, Corporate Communications
  3. Web Technical Coodinator, Corporate Communications
  4. Communications Specialist #1, Corporate Communications
  5. Website Coordinator, Corporate Communications.
  6. Communications Specialist #2, Corporate Communications

Bottom line:  stuff happen in Downtown Brantford for the last twenty-three years without a Director of Downtown Infrastructure Revitalization and Renewal Program.  There are more than enough capable people within city hall’s bureaucratic bloat to oversee, for the next twenty-three years, what are basic jobs of a city hall.

One more thing, a capital budget is defined as “a budget allocating money for the acquisition or maintenance of fixed assets such as land, buildings, and equipment.”  Is Brantford’s intent to fund this new employee out of the capital budget consistent with the definition of a capital budget?  That’s right, it’s not!

A Brantfordian wonders if city hall understands basic accounting:  “You do know how a balance sheet works, right? So much money comes in, so much goes out, the difference is either profit or debt.”3

The new broom at Ontario’s Queen’s Park will start a long over due house cleaning, which includes an independent audit.  In October Ontarians need to make sure municipalities follow suit.  A new broom AND a house cleaning, that is!




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You will get the unvarnished truth from entrenched instructors at liberal institutions of higher learning, especially those institutions that are hostile to the free thinkers in their midst.

Er … won’t … you?


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Ontarians: feeling manipulated?

Premier Wynne’s constant concessions in the waning days of the Ontario election should give you a clue.

Saying she won’t win tomorrow’s election shows she:

  • doesn’t respect the voter
  • doesn’t respect the election process
  • doesn’t respect the Ontario Liberal Party
  • doesn’t respect democracy

It shows how polls dominate an election and how they are used to manipulate the voter.

The only group as obsessed about polls as politicians is the newstainment media.  They drool at the prospect of summoning their omnipotent soothsaying powers to predict the outcome of an election.  One would-be Sylvia Browne channeler said yesterday, “it’s really hard to know what the undecided voters will do.”  You don’t say…maybe that’s why they are called—undecided!

It’s time to remember the poll on election day is the only poll that deserves your attention.

Do you need some eleventh hour manipulation-free enlightenment before voting?




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Extra billing: okay and not 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

Travel Cancellation Insurance Form

Travel Immunization



Pap Smear


Prescription for eye injection

Prescription renewals

Procedures that are a normal, regular part of medical care, such as prescription renewals, should not be extra-billed.  Likewise, neither should procedures that are preventative or curative, such as a pap smear or physio.  A prescription for an eye injection (macular degeneration) or any other prescription applicable to a procedure that is covered by OHIP should not be extra-billed.


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Who decides an election?


Newstainment Media


Special Interest Groups


Ontarians! Have you noticed that polling is still going on since 9th May when the writ was drawn up to mark the start of the official election campaign?  What are you going to do about?  Will you refuse to take part in a poll?  Will you contact Elections Ontario and voice your concern?

To respect democracy and the voter, the only poll that should be permitted during the official campaign is the THE poll on election day!


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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 Mental Health says the need to focus on people with developmental disabilities who have mental health issues has long been ignored.  Once-upon-a-time Ontario’s regional centres cared for those with mental health issues.  You may recall some of them:

  • Huronia Regional Centre
  • Midwestern Regional Centre
  • Oxford Regional Centre
  • Rideau Regional Centre
  • Southwestern Regional Centre

When the care of people with developmental disabilities in Ontario fell under The Ministry of Health there was an appropriate understanding (caregivers were learning) of how age plays a role in these people’s lives.  Did you know that a variety of health-care professionals, including a psychiatrist and a psychologist were on staff at regional centres?

That was until the Ontario Liberal government sealed the fate of regional centres by closing them by 2009.   In the process they enabled a well scripted, choreographed and funded (with your tax dollars) smear campaign of centres to legitimize their actions.

The origins of the myopic view of centres dates back to the 1970s when the “community living” panacea and its close cousin the panacea of choice started to cloud thinking.  Social workers apparently knew more than medical professionals and gave the impression that social integration (the involvement of centre residents in their neighbouring community didn’t cut it) would get rid of that annoying disability.  Consequently, The Ministry of Community and Social Services took over the developmental disabilities file from The Ministry of Health.  Rational and pragmatic thought started to take a backseat to pushing the politically correct, “community living” panacea for people with a developmental disability.

The poster-child for the movement was the individual who had a mild developmental disability.  The perception was created, but untrue in the modernized centre, that such a person was locked away and isolated in the dreaded institution, Hollywoodized by Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.

“There are two critical gaps,” says Dr. Yona Lunsky, head of CAMH’s new centre.  “One is that there is very little research being done on the mental health of adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities.”

Lack of research?  Given the close working relationship between staff at regional centres, there is a history of rational and pragmatic ways of working with a variety of developmental disabilities.  This includes people with a dual diagnosis (a developmental disability and a mental health issue).

The other, Lunsky says, is that mental health-care workers have not been trained to deal with differences in the psychiatric issues faced by these populations.  Again, the psychiatrist and psychologist at a centre gave front-line workers an invaluable resource of knowledge to draw on.

Lunsky sited ongoing stigma, social isolation, chronic unemployment and poverty as factors that loom large in the reality of many disabled people and can take a severe toll on mental health.

This is reprehensible because for decades the “community living” zealots have sung the same chorus:  “institutions isolate people.”  Now we learn that they are isolated in group homes and family homes.  Do you need more evidence that the “community living” panacea is an unmitigated disaster in Ontario?  The ombudsman’s office reported in 2016 that almost 50% of the 62,000 adults with a developmental disability languish on waiting lists for critical services.2

Too many politicians of all stripes and entrenched bureaucrats have blindly followed the “community living” panacea.  They have lost sight of the big picture.  Can you imagine how the regional centres could by now be centres of excellence, as the following petition called for (one of hundreds of similar recommendations the Ontario Liberals ignored before closing the doors)?

“Mr. Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North):  “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal government were elected based on their promise to rebuild public services in Ontario;

“Whereas the Minister of Community and Social Services has announced plans to close Huronia Regional Centre, home to people with developmental disabilities, many of whom have multiple diagnoses and severe problems that cannot be met in the community;

“Whereas closing Huronia Regional Centre will have a devastating impact on residents with developmental disabilities, their families, the developmental services sector and the economies of the local communities;

“Whereas Ontario could use the professional staff and facilities of HRC to extend specialized services, support and professional training to many more clients who live in the community, in partnership with families and community agencies;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the government to keep Huronia Regional Centre, home to people with developmental disabilities, open, and to transform them into ‘centres of excellence’ to provide specialized services and support to Ontarians with developmental needs, no matter where they live.”

I’m pleased to sign my name to that.”3

These centres of excellence are where people with severe disabilities could live and those with mild issues could access day programs.  Centres of excellence could be extraordinary resources to help alleviate the devastating strain on mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and guardians.

In their pre-election budget in March, the Ontario Liberals announced a promise of $2 Billion for people languishing on waiting lists.  This eleventh-hour, come-to-Jesus moment rings hollow because they have been in office for 15 years.  To just throw taxpayers’ dollars at a misguided system is equally suspect.

The words of Dr. Gifford-Jones come to mind: “The problems of society are caused by supposedly intelligent people who are largely fools.”




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Social engineers prefer us to be Cousin Itts

Service Canada doesn’t want its staff to refer to people as:  a Father, or a Mother.  They cannot call a man Sir, or a woman Madam.  Is it any wonder society has mental health issues when the social engineers have free rein.

The upside is we’ll save a lot on hair cuts.


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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 flood damage.”

This should read prevent flood damage.

If the GRCA couldn’t do its job within the 2017 budget, how will throwing more of your money into the mix ensure that they will do their job in 2018?

P.S. How are they coming along with the other GRCA responsibility: the Mohawk Lake clean up?


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