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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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Do You Enjoy Eating Bloody Chicken?

Do you mind paying the same price for food that has shrunk in size since you bought it last?  Is it okay with your family if the list of ingredients on packaged food is not quite accurate? A job that … Continue reading

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Decorum Has its Place and Never Goes Out of Style

On March 29, 2011, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan delivered the 2011 Budget for the province of Ontario.  Mr. Dwight Duncan demonstrated respect for the office of the Speaker of the Legislature by referring to him as “Mr. Speaker” throughout the presentation of the … Continue reading

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