Tag Archives: Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre

Arrowdale & Earl Haig for sale to developers: weigh pros & cons

The pros and cons of the proposed sale of Brantford, Ontario’s Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course and Earl Haig Family Fun Park to developers for residential and commercial use almost balance out. Pro #1:  does not breakeven; low membership; low visitor … Continue reading

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Brantford’s athletic complex mania

Mr. Twain was right:  “Truth is stranger than fiction.”  It boggles the mind that the municipality of Brantford, the Ontario government and the Canadian government have no scruples over the apparent inexhaustible use of the taxpayer’s dollar to fund the … Continue reading

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Brantford’s Gretzky Centre: ballooning bill

Taxpayers cannot afford the blank cheque mentality too many governments have toward sports spending.  Pan American and Parapan American Games come to mind, as does Brantford, Ontario’s Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre (WGSC). The WGSC opened in 2013 after years of … 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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Brantford’s Holistic Student Experience

To ensure that student visitors to Brantford, Ontario’s satellite campuses have a holistic experience in the city, we’d like to introduce them to the many exciting taxpayer funded athletic opportunities in Brantford: 1) Wilkes House Recreation Centre, corner of Darling & … Continue reading

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Laurier Brantford/YMCA Athletics Complex: Taxpayers Cannot Afford

It was great to see the Great One back in Brantford, Ontario recently to open the remodeled Wayne Gretzky Sports (“athletics complex”) Centre.  While it’s a nice addition to Brantford’s recreation services, the issue of cost cast a large shadow over this happy occasion. … 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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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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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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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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