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City priority: an archaeological dig, new real estate or caring for seniors?

Brantford, Ontario’s city hall is pondering three choices: Give Laurier-YMCA another $3.1M to cover costs of an archaeological dig, which occurred before construction of the Laurier-YMCA began. Spend $14.75M to purchase the Brantford’s Federal Building downtown, which may or may … Continue reading

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Have you written your elected official about EMP protection?

Here’s a video that gives you a good introduction to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP): Protecting Canada’s vast infrastructure, particularly the electrical grid, from an EMP should be a higher priority for provincial and federal governments. In a two part series … Continue reading

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To control spending, or not to control spending, that is the question?

Brantford, Ontario City Council has approved the hiring of four new staff at an initial annual cost of $320K to deal with the backlog of needed work on Brantford’s  infrastructure.  While acknowledging the backlog is good, going on a hiring … Continue reading

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Urban sprawl: stop it

Urban sprawl is something we should all be concerned about. That’s the underlying message of the Planning for Health, Prosperity and Growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe: 2015 – 2041 Panel lead by Mr. David Crombie.  While we do not … Continue reading

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City gov’t: understand your basic job

Consider a city that has taken gradual steps (albeit without a sense of priorities) this year to maintain essential infrastructure, e.g., roads, sewers, water mains, within a regular budget.  (The basic responsibility of a city government.)  That city in its … 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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Arterial takes precedence over collector, part 1

It’s good when a municipality maintains and upgrades infrastructure—one of its primary responsibilities.  Part of this process is the challenge of putting together a list of priorities. When dealing with road infrastructure a municipality must adhere to the hierarchy of … Continue reading

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Aspiration (?) and Aspirin

In the fall Ontario economic statement, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said, we must “control spending in a rational way.”  How has the Ontario Legislature controlled spending? 1)  The Niagara Health System recently opened a new hospital in St. Catharines.  … Continue reading

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Do You Want Infrastructure or a Sexy Building?

“It always is far more attractive to build new and sexy things.  A lot of your infrastructure is out of sight and out of mind, so you don’t think about it or say, ‘oh, we can make this last a … Continue reading

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The Priority of Derelict, Abandoned and Inefficiently Used Properties

Why are the properties at the corner of Wayne Gretzky Parkway and Henry Street in Brantford, Ontario being developed…   when the derelict and abandoned city owned properties on Greenwich and Mohawk Streets (or, if you prefer that sanitized version: … Continue reading

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