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Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Who sends out your water bills? Collus-PowerStream. It’s all part of the shared services agreement. Yes, that simple little agreement that for 15 productive, cooperative years linked our water and electrical utilities with mutual resources. That same agreement The Block dismantled and handed over to the interim CAO two years ago to rewrite and update. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Scripturient: Corruption, Collingwood & the Collus Board

The Most Secretive Council Ever has comfortably assumed the mantle of The Most Secretive and Corrupt Council Ever. As I warned in a previous post, The Block was going to appoint someone’s friends to the Collus-PowerStream board – and do it both illegally and unethically. And last Monday, they told us they had done it. Fait . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Corruption, Collingwood & the Collus Board

Scripturient: No, Brian: Elvis isn’t in the CBSP

At the Nov. 28 Council meeting (seen here on Rogers TV), Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson blathered on in cliché-rich, lawerly manner (starting 1:14:05) about how much the Elvis Festival means to his “Community-Based Strategic Plan” (1:16:18) – that committee-based wishlist which was neither strategic nor a plan. What does he mean when he claims that . . . → Read More: Scripturient: No, Brian: Elvis isn’t in the CBSP

Scripturient: Muzzling the airport board

The Collingwood Airport Board wants to get its own legal opinion about the Clearview Aviation Business Park request for a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate access to the airport. Seems reasonable for the board charged with oversight of the airport to want to make sure that any decisions made best represent their mandate and . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Muzzling the airport board

Scripturient: I used to like him; not so much now…

Back in the ’70s when he ran for mayor and we both lived in Toronto, I voted for John Sewell. And when he won, I was a big supporter of his human-scale policies and planning, and enjoyed his youthful vigour and vision. Now, not so much. Sure, he’s a smart, well-spoken, erudite man with a . . . → Read More: Scripturient: I used to like him; not so much now…

Scripturient: Corruption and conflict of interest

Ever get that uneasy sense of deja vu? That some ugly, undemocratic event you’re watching at council, some autocratic, conniving, secret and self-serving act is something you’ve experienced in the past? That those nasty breaches of ethics, those conflicts of interest, those ignored bylaws and broken trust are things you’ve already seen at the table? . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Corruption and conflict of interest

Scripturient: Obstructionism killing 1,600+ jobs & growth

Just when you thought Collingwood Council couldn’t set the bar any lower, they go and move it down another notch. On Monday, Oct. 31, The Block had a chance to save face, rectify their blatant mismanagement of the Collingwood Regional Airport development and save the proposed, $300 million, 260-acre, industrial park that could bring 400 . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Obstructionism killing 1,600+ jobs & growth

Scripturient: Fulfilling a role? Who are you kidding?

The bite of irony is in the air when a flimsy piece of blatant Block propaganda masquerading as an official media release is published by the town. It has the misleading headline, “Town fulfilling role in hospital redevelopment process,” but only delusional sycophants won’t read it as a Block screed. When did town media releases . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Fulfilling a role? Who are you kidding?

Scripturient: 552 kWh? We can do better

I received a report in the mail from Collus PowerStream giving me an overview of my electricity usage for the one-month period of August. A hot, humid August that no doubt had us running the air conditioner and ceiling fans more often than we normally do (we actually like it warm most of the time). . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 552 kWh? We can do better

Scripturient: Collus report debunks Block conspiracies

Every year, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) publishes the scorecard of local distribution companies (LDCs). Across the province, more than 70 LDCs are ranked and rated according to performance, customer service, efficiency, progress and other measurable data for residents to see how their utility is doing. It’s a thing called openness and transparency. As the . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Collus report debunks Block conspiracies

Scripturient: Promises, promises, promises – all broken

Two years ago, in a series in the Collingwood Connection on the eve of the last election, 2014, all candidates were asked to make statements about certain issues. I thought it would be good to examine a few of their promises and see how well they have progressed. Whether they have actually kept those promises. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Promises, promises, promises – all broken

Scripturient: 13 Ways to Kill Collingwood

I found it! I stumbled across the secret manifesto The Block is using to destroy Collingwood. It’s in a book called “13 Ways to Kill Your Community” (Frontenac House, 2010) by Doug Griffiths and Kelley Clemmer. And pretty much everything in it outlines The Block’s not-so-secret plan to turn this community into rubbish. I know, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 13 Ways to Kill Collingwood

Scripturient: You’re not invited. Again.

You, the public, get shut out again. Less openness, less accountability, more secrecy, more Block. The annual general meeting (AGM) of Collus-PowerStream on October 6 – the local electrical utility that you ostensibly own 50% of – is not open to the public. It’s another closed door, secret meeting. Why? Council will send its representative . . . → Read More: Scripturient: You’re not invited. Again.

Scripturient: Another scathing email to council

Here is the next scathing email from local businessman and developer Tom Vincent, sent to council following the debacle of Monday night’s ongoing effort by The Block to sabotage the hospital’s redevelopment. This is not the first time The Block have been severely chastised by the community over this issue. To properly understand the context, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Another scathing email to council

Scripturient: Sabotaging the hospital (again)

Last night at council, The Borg Block again took another step towards sabotaging the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital’s redevelopment plans. Not unexpected: destroying the community is a key plank in their platform, as we’ve seen by their actions against the airport, water utility and Collus PowerStream. Plus, they need to pander to their ever-dwindling . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Sabotaging the hospital (again)

Scripturient: Your $350,000 wasted

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request I filed recently shows a disturbing abuse of your tax dollars. Money was wasted that could have been spent on doing something good, something positive, something useful for Collingwood. Download the report here. In the two-year period between mid-2014 and mid-2016, the town’s administration spent $340,000 of your tax dollars on … Continue reading “Your $350,000 wasted” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Your $350,000 wasted

Scripturient: Dilbert, Dogbert and Collingwood

I’ve often commented that the cartoon strip Dilbert, by Scott Adams, is closer to a documentary than it is to a cartoon. Not just about the quagmire of corporate life: Dilbert applies equally to the sodden bureaucracy of government. And here are some strips to prove my hypothesis, at least on the local level. I culled … Continue reading “Dilbert, Dogbert and Collingwood” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Dilbert, Dogbert and Collingwood

Scripturient: Dinner at the Bent Taco

We had dinner at the Bent Taco on Pine Street last night. Collingwood’s nuevo-Mexican restaurant is not exactly Mexican but influenced by it, and in a good way. Food was excellent. If you haven’t been there, you should go. Very popular place and I wondered why it took so long for us to get there. … Continue reading “Dinner at the Bent Taco” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Dinner at the Bent Taco

Scripturient: The unstrategic anti-plan returns

Wednesday’s standing committee heard that the so-called “community-based strategic plan” has risen from the dead – a document that was committee-driven (not community; and a committee of carefully selected buddies, at that…), and was neither strategic nor a plan. See it in the agenda package. A real strategic plan would have been council-driven, based on the vision … Continue reading “The unstrategic anti-plan returns” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The unstrategic anti-plan returns

Scripturient: Collingwood is being investigated

Collingwood Council and town administration are in trouble. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is investigating them and their recent activities with regards to Collus-PowerStream and its board of directors. This is not good news for those at the table or those behind the scenes who guided their hands. A letter was unexpectedly added to the agenda … Continue reading “Collingwood is being investigated” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Collingwood is being investigated

Scripturient: Their secret emails, redacted

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request I recently filed shows just how devious and secretive some of our council and administration are. You can read the entire series here. The cover letter is here (it is instructive…). In late July, Council approved sending out a request for proposals (RFP) to sell our share in our … Continue reading “Their secret emails, redacted” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Their secret emails, redacted

Scripturient: Can the mayor fire the interim CAO?

Does the mayor have the authority to fire someone by herself? The interim CAO, for example? It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot of late by residents. I think so, but it’s not clear to me in the Municipal Act. She is, after all, legally both the head of council and the chief executive officer, and … Continue reading “Can the mayor fire the interim CAO?” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Can the mayor fire the interim CAO?

Scripturient: The Wasaga Beach G&M Hospital

You’d think supporting your local hospital’s redevelopment was a no-brainer for municipal politicians. And since ‘no-brainer’ has been the exemplary style of Collingwood Council this term, they should go hand-in-glove. But apparently for The Block, ‘no-brainer’ means merely thoughtless focus on personal agendas, not the community’s well-being or future. That’s not news, of course; just … Continue reading “The Wasaga Beach G&M Hospital” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Wasaga Beach G&M Hospital

Scripturient: Another Collus conspiracy debunked

As a former reporter and editor, I always feel a twinge of satisfaction when I read a well-written story in the local appears that gets all of its facts right. When everything is stated correctly, the English is good, the facts well reported, the repor… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Another Collus conspiracy debunked

Scripturient: Deputy mayor & interim CAO missing in action?

The headline in the Connection story reads, “Collingwood meets with provincial ministers about waterfront plan.” Well, that’s incorrect: it wasn’t “Collingwood” – it was Mayor Cooper and two staff members at th… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Deputy mayor & interim CAO missing in action?