Tag Archives: Brantford

Municipal election primer: oh where, oh where should that new retailer go?

Oh where, oh where have the plans for Brantford’s little Costco gone? Oh where, oh where can they be? With the Craig St. location coming up short, and the Wayne Gretzky Parkway and 403 interchange change to long, Oh where, … 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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Greenwich-Mohawk: recoup clean-up costs

The City of Brantford purports to need more land for employment and housing, yet it appears city council is entertaining the idea of turning the former Greenwich-Mohawk industrial site into a glorified park. At an estimated $30 Million for the … Continue reading

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To have a hiring freeze or not to have a hiring freeze?

A city that votes to implement a hiring freeze to get a grip on its spending deserves credit.  It deserves more credit if it’s an across the board hiring freeze—the fairest way. Mr. David Hugman and Mr. Garry Goold tell us … Continue reading

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City Budget Games: councillors’ musings, part 3

With all the hand-wringing going on at Brantford City Hall over the 2015 budget, what could be on the minds of councillors? “Ok my fellow councillors start praying to St. Amant for ZERO-BASED budgeting skills.” “$227,240 in sports grants (?) … Continue reading

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Government needs to lie in the bed it makes for itself

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. – Abraham Lincoln Mr. Lincoln’s wise words remind us that it never pays to pass the buck.  It doesn’t pay to evade Ontario’s spending problem and blame the federal … 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 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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Brantford’s Holistic Student Experience

To ensure that student visitors to Brantford, Ontario’s satellite campuses have a holistic experience in the city, we’d like to introduce them to the many exciting taxpayer funded athletic opportunities in Brantford: 1) Wilkes House Recreation Centre, corner of Darling & … Continue reading

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