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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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“Just the facts, ma’am”

The drama percolates.  The plots thicken.  The accusations fly.  The newstainment media salivates.  The Political Class breaks into a cold sweat.  The fact and fiction meter is about to explode.  It’s fodder for a TV sitcom:  As Ontario Turns. Let’s look … Continue reading

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Did You Know That Governments Are In the Advertising Business?

Could the provinces use $113 Million to improve services for people with a developmentally disability?  That’s how much the Government of Canada has spent to date on Economic Action Plan commercials. The article “Don’t use my cash to say how … Continue reading

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Do We Round Up, Round Down or Pretend the Penny Still Has Lots of Life In It?

Now that the Canadian penny is (supposedly) gone, there needs to be  a definitive rule on the rounding off of cash purchases. The “guidelines” brought out by the Royal Canadian Mint are another example of a half-baked government plan.  (Remember Canada’s … Continue reading

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Proroguing a Legislature for the Wrong Reasons Damages Democracy

The proroguing of the Ontario Legislature is yet another sign of disregard for voters.  Premier Dalton McGuinty received a mandate from the people of Ontario in the 2011 election.  The government had a responsibility to respect the wishes of the … Continue reading

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