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Canadian election reform: use what exists

No need to add to the oh so long list of departments and agencies of the Canadian government to reform Canada’s “democratic institutions.”  Let’s use what exists. Two of Elections Canada’s mandates are: conduct public information campaigns on voter registration, … Continue reading

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There, there little canadians …

The Liberals don’t like YOUR voting system. First-past-the-post is so passé so election reform is the only way, so they say. But don’t worry your pretty little heads its big, complicated. Spend your time surfing in Tofino instead. Your $1 … Continue reading

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Citizens get final say on voting reform

The Liberal government in Ottawa appears to want to rush voting reform, to change Canadians’ voting system.  While a facelift for democracy is needed, the Liberals should not try to do this without giving Canadians the final say.  The voting … Continue reading

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Greenwich-Mohawk: recoup clean-up costs

The City of Brantford purports to need more land for employment and housing, yet it appears city council is entertaining the idea of turning the former Greenwich-Mohawk industrial site into a glorified park. At an estimated $30 Million for the … Continue reading

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Brantford’s Municipal Election: is education worth a “blank cheque” to a city?

The latest missive, “What’s education worth to a city” from The Expositor that tries to rationalize Brantford City Hall’s decisions regarding: – the sale of former valuable commercial land on the southside of Colborne St. to Wilfrid Laurier University and … Continue reading

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Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex: Oct. 27 ballot question

Brantford City Council recently showed its ability to vote unanimously when it decided to: 1)  sell a section of the former tax revenue generating properties on the south side of Colborne St. for $2 to Wilfrid Laurier University and the … Continue reading

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Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex Proposal: Citizens speak

Brantford citizens, again, speak their minds on the proposed Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex here.  They suggest better locations, such as Earl Haig Park/Civic Centre, Market Square (majority of which sits empty); they express concern about the total cost to taxpayers.  A citizen … Continue reading

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Democracy Needs a “Face-lift”

The article, “Levac vows to fight for job” shows that democracy in our province, our cities and our country needs a “face-lift.” Mr. Dave Levac may not be leaving Eagle Place, but it’s up to the citizens of Brant whether … 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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The Need for a Referendum

A city that aspires to excellence knows that for extraordinary circumstances, referendums are necessary. Case in point is the south side of Colborne Street in Brantford, Ontario.  The decision to demolish fourty-one derelict buildings on the south side of Colborne … Continue reading

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