Tag Archives: Laurier/Y

Up Goes the Opportunity Cost of the Gretzky Recreation Centre

The taxpayer funded multimillion-dollar redo of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario resulted in 11,000 square feet of unused space. Brantford is plagued with unused space in buildings.  Why approve a new building that adds to this problem? … Continue reading

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Big Issues Need Big, Open Debate

Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz has said that it’s good to discuss and debate opposing views of an issue.  The debate about the proposed Laurier/Y (YMCA) recreation centre on the south side of Colborne St. in downtown Brantford … Continue reading

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Laurier/Y is Not Essential

The City of Brantford, Wilfrid Laurier University and the YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford signed an agreement recently so that the proposed Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics-Recreation Complex “would offer public access.” This looks like political theatre designed to distract the citizens of Brantford and … Continue reading

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Improve the Management of Cities

What can Ontario taxpayers learn from the following two headline-grabbing issues? Toronto’s Sheppard Subway Extension Proposal Brantford’s Saga of the South Side of Colborne Street, the latest installment:  Laurier/Y Proposal These are examples of how Ontario city governments suffer from dysfunction … Continue reading

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Do Taxpayers Deserve Proposals With Clear Details?

Is it important for taxpayers to know that their city councillors vote on proposals with clear details? Brantford City Council voted recently on a proposal to build a Wilfrid Laurier University and YMCA recreation centre on city owned property on … Continue reading

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