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We Wonder Why Voter Apathy Exists

In Brantford, Ontario a July 13, 2011 Brantford Expositor poll asked the following question: “Do you think that the Laurier Brantford YMCA athletic complex should be built on the south side of Colborne Street? 57% of respondents voted NO. A May … Continue reading

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We Wonder Why Voter Apathy Exists

In Brantford, Ontario a July 13, 2011 Brantford Expositor poll asked the following question: “Do you think that the Laurier Brantford YMCA athletic complex should be built on the south side of Colborne Street? 57% of respondents voted NO. A May … 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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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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City Planning Must be Taxpayer-Centred

The ongoing saga of the south side of Colborne Street in downtown Brantford, Ontario is a good example of a lack of methodical taxpayer-centred planning.  This site formerly contained 41 commercial properties, which the city expropriated and demolished before a … Continue reading

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