Tag Archives: taxpayers’ dollars

Breastfeeding Clinic? Use existing resources

Last month there was much fanfare about a new Breastfeeding Clinic that opened in Brantford, Ontario.  While we realize that some mothers need help with breastfeeding, we question why the numerous health care supports that already exist in Ontario cannot … Continue reading

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Laurier Brantford-YMCA Athletics Complex: logic anyone?

Do your candidates who are running for office in the Oct. 27 municipal election share your ability to learn from the past? Take the issue of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario.  This fabulous facility  opened its doors … Continue reading

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Throne Speech & Acceptable Spending

Will today’s Throne Speech reveal that the Government of Canada has had an epiphany on how it should spend taxpayers’ dollars?  Will the Throne Speech show that the government now understands that acceptable spending of taxpayers’ dollars means, for example, … Continue reading

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Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex: 37 Questions Make the Proposal Questionable

1) In a July 13, 2011 Brantford Expositor poll, 57% of respondents voted NO to a new Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics-Recreation Complex.  Why is this result ignored? 2) The Government of Canada has a $26 billion deficit and a $600 billion … Continue reading

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A City is NOT in the Business of Owning Derelict, Abandoned Industrial Sites

The City of Brantford has approximately a $2 million deficit and a $40 million debt.  Before one more penny of taxpayers’ dollars is spent on the Mohawk-Greenwich and Sydenham-Pearl abandoned industrial sites, taxpayers need answers to the following questions: 1) … Continue reading

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Public Sector Must Earn It Before They Deserve It

City of Brantford councillors recently voted to give themselves a raise.  This is an example of how public servants should not view compensation.  In the public sector, compensation must be tied to the responsible use of taxpayers’ dollars, that is, … 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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Colleges and Universities: Make Efficient Use of Campuses

The Drummond report on how to reform Ontario’s public service over and over cites the problem of duplication.  It calls on Ontario colleges and universities to stop duplicating programs.  Consistent with this thinking is the need for colleges and universities to … 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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