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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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A city whines that it lacks tax revenue, yet …

… a few months ago Brantford, Ontario approved monies for the design and manufacturing of a new marquee for the deficit plagued Sanderson Centre.  The estimated cost is $100,000. The Brant News reported last spring that the manufacturing process will … Continue reading

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The world’s, not just Canada’s, economy is slowing down

These words should cool the hot air that is spewing from some political parties vying in Canada’s federal election campaign. Mr. Don Drummond, the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and a former chief economist … 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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The Redistribution of Electoral Boundaries Provokes Questions

Each province has an Electoral Boundaries Commission to decide the redistribution of electoral boundaries.  The commission consists of a judge appointed by the chief justice of the province and two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Commons.  They … Continue reading

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A City is NOT in the Business of Owning Derelict, Abandoned Industrial Sites

The City of Brantford has approximately a $2 million deficit and a $40 million debt.  Before one more penny of taxpayers’ dollars is spent on the Mohawk-Greenwich and Sydenham-Pearl abandoned industrial sites, taxpayers need answers to the following questions: 1) … Continue reading

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