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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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Can your city afford more land?

More to the point, can you the taxpayer afford to pay for your city buying more land? That’s the question Brantford, Ontario taxpayers are asking themselves in the wake of the latest grandiose Brantford-Brant boundary adjustment proposal.  (What happen to … Continue reading

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Does your city want farmland for new development?

If so, ask how well is your city managed at its current size?  When we apply this question to, for example, Brantford, Ontario (which is in the throes of pining for more land) we find that the city is behind … Continue reading

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Mississauga’s optimal size

Will the City of Mississauga, Ontario reach its optimal size when it annexes Claude, starts building on top of Square One or on an infilled Lake Ontario, or all three? We appreciate your comments. Click here. Trumping Trudeau: How Donald … Continue reading

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A city’s excuses

Our downtown deteriorated because business “x” left the city. Our downtown deteriorated because industry “y” left the city. Our downtown deteriorated because manufacturing left the city; if you prefer the buzzword—deindustrialization. Our downtown deteriorated because of suburbanization.  (Ooh, another ominous … Continue reading

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Brantford-Brant boundary adjustment babble, part 2

If the fair city of Brantford, Ontario is on the presipice of a cataclysm because it’s running out of land; if it’s rapidly using up existing land; if it needs a boundary adjustment to get more land; if it’s unable to grow … 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 1

City: Corporation of The City of Brantford, Ontario, Canada The Numbers Debt (as at 31.12.13): $41,062,000 + $4,798,000 (interest & principal) Deficit: $789,000 Outstanding Fines: $13, 200,000 Preliminary 2015 operating budget: $132,200,000 (4.89% increase over 2014) Preliminary 2015 capital budget: … Continue reading

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What do you expect from your city?

With the final hours of 2013 ticking by, let’s reflect on our cities. Did your city deliver this year? Monte Solberg says we give them a lot of tax dollars and therefore should expect better value.  Read more, here. Enjoy … Continue reading

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Mississauga-ization & Rainwater Don’t Mix

Mississauga, Ontario might be a well-managed city.  But, as the recent flood shows, it is not a well-designed city. Concerned citizens of other cities have coined it the “Mississauga-ization” of a city—a subdivision of detached or semi-detached houses or condo … Continue reading

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