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Scripturient: Whatever became of that angry mob?

Last term, council was presented with an angry, 14-page screed from the “Friends of Central Park” (aka “Build the YMCA a Taj Mahal at Taxpayers’ Expense,” later called Better Together Collingwood…yes, you know who… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Whatever became of that angry mob?

Scripturient: 322 reasons why we’re better off with PowerStream

$322. More. Every year. $322. That’s how much more the average consumer household using 750 kW/month pays a year when connected to Hydro One, compared to the same household connected to Collus PowerStream. That means YOU will pay that much more, … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 322 reasons why we’re better off with PowerStream

Scripturient: Thick as a brick

You really have to watch Rogers’ coverage of Collingwood Council, July 11, 2016. Start around 2:08:00. That’s when the discussion about the upgrades to the brick at Curling Club begins. Another comedic episode full of zany antics and madcap… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Thick as a brick

Scripturient: The raison d’etre

“Why do you do it?” A voice asked me, momentarily distracting my attention from deciding between the firm and silky tofu in the grocery store. I looked up to find a woman close to my own age in front of me. Well, perhaps she was a teensy bi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The raison d’etre

Scripturient: We’re Screwed. Royally.

By now you know what I’ve been warning you about all along: Council is selling our public electrical utility. After harassing, bullying and hectoring our utility staff, they decided to simply get rid of a 150-year-old public institution that has… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: We’re Screwed. Royally.

Scripturient: Reputation, reputation, reputation

Real estate agents and retaillers have a saying: Location, location, location. But for politicians that can be amended to read: Reputation, reputation, reputation. The reputation of the whole community hinges on that of its politicians. After all, the… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Reputation, reputation, reputation

Scripturient: Strategic planning: the missing steps

The July 2016 issue of Municipal World has an article on the process of implementing strategic plans. It’s called, Getting from Here to There, and it’s written by a trio of experts including the president of a company specializing in munici… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Strategic planning: the missing steps

Scripturient: Bumble, Fumble, Stumble and Mumble

Councillor Cam Ecclestone did an unusual and unexpected thing this week at Collingwood Council. He spoke. Normally, the intrepid but mute councillor is too busy to open his mouth. Like his colleague, Councillor “Sponge Bob” Madigan, he take… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Bumble, Fumble, Stumble and Mumble

Scripturient: Collingwood’s comedy duo

Abbott and Costello. Laurel and Hardy. Pegg and Frost. Wilder and Feldman. Jeffrey and Doherty. Great comedy duos of our time. Such memorable moments they have given us. Who can forget the timeless Abbott and Costello skit, “Who’s On Firs… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Collingwood’s comedy duo

Scripturient: Dirty politics takes its toll

By now you probably have already heard that the CEO of Collus, Ed Houghton, has ‘resigned’ after 39 years of excellent, dedicated service to this community. It’s a huge loss to us, and we should be collectively embarrassed and ashame… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Dirty politics takes its toll

Scripturient: Rules for The Block, different rules for us

Ever apply to sit on a town board or committee? If so, you’ll be familiar with the form to the right. It’s the town’s application form. Click on it to see or download the full form. Everyone who wants to sit on a town board of committ… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Rules for The Block, different rules for us

Scripturient: Misleading mouthpieces

Contrary to what you might expect, I am not surprised that the Enterprise Bulletin recently printed a letter replete with disinformation and disingenuous claims from someone who might be best described as one of The Block’s more rabid mouthpiece… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Misleading mouthpieces

Scripturient: Uncommunicative again

Did you receive your “spring” newsletter from the town? The one delivered on the first day of summer (or later), lacking any actual news… yes, that one. To me it appears as clumsily formatted and poorly written as all the previous iss… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Uncommunicative again

Scripturient: More relevant words from Nixonland

Once again, as I continue to read through Anthony Summers’ biography of Richard Nixon, The Arrogance of Power (Penguin Books, 2000), I am struck by the uncanny resonance of many comments quoted within it to local politics. It’s like people … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: More relevant words from Nixonland

Scripturient: The accomplishments of council

“You really are negative about our council,” the woman said to me as I stood in the grocery store, trying to decide whether to converse or pick mushrooms from the bin. But she insisted on the former. “Your blog is always about the bad… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The accomplishments of council

Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Remember the case of Alger Hiss? I didn’t think so. It was before your time. Mine too. But let me jog your memory, just in case you’re older than I am. Or perhaps just well read in recent history. Hiss was a US government employee, a diplom… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon and Collingwood

Scripturient: The definition of evil

I try to choose my words carefully. Words have power, words can create emotions, words linger and stick with us. Words matter. Words can be tools of great precision and effect. So when I hear or read them being abused, misused or simply inappropriately… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The definition of evil

Scripturient: Power, naked ambition, and corruption

No matter how many times you watch the film, Titanic, the ending is always the same: the ship hits the iceberg. Sort of like watching Collingwood Council these days. They just keep hitting the iceberg. And hitting it and hitting it and hitting it. But … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Power, naked ambition, and corruption

Scripturient: Yellow Journalism

Here’s an interesting approach to developing good relations with your print media advertisers: take their money, publish their full-colour advertisement, then challenge their content, their integrity and their claims in a story that doesn&#8217… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Yellow Journalism

Scripturient: The 50% Solution

Imagine you want to go out for dinner with a friend. Get some wings and beer. You like mild dry rub wings, and a nice, crisp lager. Your friend likes sticky and spicy, with a dark stout. The restaurant will bring out the food and drinks split accordin… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The 50% Solution

Scripturient: The Leadership Crisis

In his latest book, The Leadership Crisis, Gord Hume defines seven characteristics – the Seven Cs – of great political leadership*. See how many you can recognize as attributes within our own council: Competencies, including people, organiz… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Leadership Crisis

Scripturient: The CAO’s expenses

Earlier this year, I filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request to see the expense records of Collingwood’s Interim CAO for 2015 and 2016 to the end of March. You can read these records by clicking on the links above. Let me start by saying… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The CAO’s expenses

Scripturient: Two conferences and a show

I had the honour and the enjoyment of attending two municipal conferences last week. While no longer directly involved in politics, I am able to keep my finger in some of the political pies through my current work for an NGO. Plus, I like to remain inf… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Two conferences and a show

Scripturient: Banning Phosphorus

In 2014, Toledo experienced a water crisis that caused the city to issue a “do not use” warning for more than 500,000 residents. They had to rely on bottled water; boiling wasn’t safe because it further released toxins into the water…. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Banning Phosphorus

Scripturient: The stench of entitlement

You’d think politicians would learn from the recent investigations into Senate spending and the Mike Duffy trial, that Canadians have no tolerance for the gimme, gimme, gimme of politicians. Canadians don’t like the smell of a sense of ent… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The stench of entitlement