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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Public to lose as province, municipalities square off

Critics aren’t wrong in calling Doug Ford’s offer of $7.35 million to help Ontario municipalities do line-by-line budget audits just another public relations manoeuvre. The...

U.S. posturing over Iran proves no lessons learned in the Gulf

C urrent U.S. saber-rattling over Iran evokes a very strong sense of déjà vu: a weak but tough-talking president in need of a distraction, a...

Debt numbers reveal a downward spiral, lack of foresight

Almost half of Canadians are $200 away from insolvency in any given month, meaning even a relatively small unexpected expense could be a tipping...

Little merit to expensive moves stemming from org. review

The writing was on the wall a year ago when Woolwich decided it would drop $60,000 on an unneeded organizational review: the consultant’s report...

Gearing up for yet another round of education unrest

It’s no surprise the Ford government has prompted unrest in the public-sector ranks, most notably of late among teachers. Activities such as the recent...

Game on, in support of road hockey

Though nothing like past instances that have provoked national media frenzies, last weekend’s demonstration of support for road hockey was quintessentially Canadian. Dozens of kids...

Looking for votes, Liberals change tack on housing issues

With last week’s budget, Ottawa reversed course somewhat on measures to cool the country’s overheated housing market. Having tightened borrowing rules to reduce the...

Poor roads are more than just annoying to drivers

It’s a love-hate time of the year for motorists. On the upside, the days of snow- and ice-covered roads are (probably) behind us. On...

Oversight is council’s primary function, though overlooked

As was the case at the region, Woolwich has passed another budget with little in the way of scrutiny and even less in the...

Kennel applications make for a classic balancing act

The easy answer is no when applications arise for the likes of dog kennels and gravel pits: the benefits accrue to just one property...