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Brantford’s athletic complex mania, part 2

We have two more athletic complexes to add to the list we started last summer: Athletic complex #4:  $3.2 Million Bison’s Alumni Field (under construction beside North Park Collegiate) Breakdown: City: ? Add-ons: $362K Capital fundraising (non-government sources): ? At … Continue reading

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Are universities & colleges in education biz or construction biz?

Despite the record Ontario deficit and debt, it is business as usual at universities and colleges.  At Western University, for example, three new buildings are under construction: Engineering Building FIMS & Nursing Building Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (next to the … 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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City Budget Games: councillors’ musings, part 2

With all the hand-wringing going on at Brantford City Hall over the 2015 budget, what could be on the minds of councillors? “Hey, shouldn’t us COUNCILLORS come up with better ways to administer TAXPAYERS’ dollars?” “Relying on staff for ‘the list’ is the … 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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Ontario Public Pension or Slush Fund

You’ ll have to excuse our skepticism about the Ontario Liberial Party’s proposed Ontario pension plan.  If the Ontario Budget presented last week at Queen’s Park is any indication,  it’s a safe bet that this new found pool of your money … Continue reading

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Brantford’s “Education Avalanche?” If Former Mohawk College Elgin St. Campus is Integral Part of Mix

Focus on Brant reports on an “education avalanche” in Brantford, Ontario. How is this so when Brantford is loosing Mohawk College’s self-contained campus precinct on Elgin Street?  A campus that helped to meet the growing need for trade skills training.  … Continue reading

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Can You Picture $274,000,000,000.00?

With the warm and sunny weather you may be tempted to buy a shiny new vehicle.  But, if Ontario’s approximate public-held debt of $274,258,100,000.00 (apart from the $10,000,000,000.00 deficit) is weighing on your mind, instead of buying a 2013 Hyundai … Continue reading

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Is the Drummond Report Collecting Dust at Queen’s Park?

The canceled Mississauga gas plant cost Ontario taxpayers’ $275 Million. The Province of Ontario has a “projected” deficit of $10 Billion*. The Province of Ontario is $237 Billion in debt. How then can Ontario taxpayers afford to give Hematite a $1.5 … 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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