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Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Haldimand-Norfolk: vote Liberal

Eric Grenier’s threehundredeight.com is a great resource for strategic voters, as this map illustrates. Strategic voting in Haldimand-Norfolk

The riding in question is Haldimand-Norfolk on the shores of Lake Erie, which includes  Caledonia, Dunnville, Hagersville, Jarvis and Cayuga in Haldimand and  Simcoe and Port Dover in Norfolk.

Grenier’s figures are helpful because they project what he estimates on the . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Haldimand-Norfolk: vote Liberal

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Haldimand-Norfolk: vote Liberal

Eric Grenier’s threehundredeight.com is a great resource for strategic voters, as this map illustrates.

Strategic voting in Haldimand-Norfolk
Strategic voting in Haldimand-Norfolk

The riding in question is Haldimand-Norfolk on the shores of Lake Erie, which includes  Caledonia, Dunnville, Hagersville, Jarvis and Cayuga in Haldimand and  Simcoe and Port Dover in Norfolk.

Grenier’s figures are helpful because they project what he estimates on the basis of the most recent polls and how they might factor into different ridings.

Here his best guess is that the Conservatives will take the riding by a couple percent.  A modicum of strategic voting here, however, could push the Liberals over the victory line.  Strategic voters should therefore support the Liberals here.

Some recent posts:

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Haldimand's Unheard Voice: "Hello Haldimand"

My last blog posting was on June 6, 2010. I have just recently signed up with the Dunnville Chronicle and have been encouraged to blog away! Imagine that!

When I started with the Chronicle in early 2009 I decided that I would not blog as I thought that it would not be wise to be . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: "Hello Haldimand"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: "Hello Haldimand"

My last blog posting was on June 6, 2010. I have just recently signed up with the Dunnville Chronicle and have been encouraged to blog away! Imagine that!When I started with the Chronicle in early 2009 I decided that I would not blog as I thought that … . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: "Hello Haldimand"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "A Rumour is a Rumour"

I read with interest an article in the Sachem this week in regards to the ground-breaking ceremony and the fundraising efforts for the new Dunnville Arena.

As reported in the paper, Councillor Boyko stated that Provincial and Federal officials can’t seem to get it together for a date for the ground-breaking ceremony and this in . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "A Rumour is a Rumour"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "A Rumour is a Rumour"

I read with interest an article in the Sachem this week in regards to the ground-breaking ceremony and the fundraising efforts for the new Dunnville Arena.

As reported in the paper, Councillor Boyko stated that Provincial and Federal officials can’t seem to get it together for a date for the ground-breaking ceremony and this in part has started the “rumour mill”. Apparently one of the rumours is that the arena is not going to be built! And the rumours are “undercutting” the fund raising efforts!

Another issue that arose in the article was that if the fundraisers do not meet their goal that this could hurt “future” cost sharing projects! ???

So let’s talk about “Fundraising” in general. I certainly know how challenging this can be. In today’s economy “all” charities are feeling the crunch! In Dunnville alone we have many charities that need our help…..to name just a few…….The Salvation Army (food bank in particular), the hospital, the 150th committee, Mudcat festivities and the list goes on…..Are rumours “undercutting” the efforts of the new arena fundraiser?

I don’t think so…..a rumour is just that a rumour……

To add to the above, I have been actively campaigning in Dunnville for Ward 6 Councillor and I can tell you without a doubt this is the first I have heard of this “rumour” that the fundraising committee is having problems and the arena may not be built! Everything that we have read in the papers to this date have been positive!

Whenever there is a cost sharing venture between the county and residents, there are never any “guarantees”, period…..and never has been! To make a statement that if the funds are not achieved that this could jeopardize future ventures is absurd to say the least!

The committee raising funds for the new arena (over a million dollars) has a big job ahead of them. To raise this kind of money from a small communtiy is a huge feat! I have heard of no time frames from the county. As with any fundraisers, you plug on until you meet your goal! When I look at raising over a million dollars, I look at what local companies will donate and how much they will give? Then you look at the remainder that will be raised, by say golf tournaments, 50/50 ticket sales, dances etc…and of the course the smaller donations from residents ranging from $5.00 to $25.00 dollars.

Now let’s get to the “rumour mill”! This is not the first or last rumour that will go around in the community! So let’s’ ask why? Could it be a lack of ““communication”?

Have there been regular meetings from both the committee and the county to let the community know what is going on? Like I have said in the past, in Haldimand County we have a problem with “communications”. We have “weekly papers” and if you miss reading one weeks paper, you can miss it all! If you want to know what the county is doing it is up to you to seek out the information by going to a council meeting or checking out the website.

I have a simple solution to the above problems!

“Town Hall Meetings”!

It is time to stop “blaming” the residents!

Vote for Donna Pitcher, Ward 6 Councillor! Together we can open up the lines of communication!

“Your Voice will be Heard”

Groundbreakings cancellations have been starting rumours

By Jim Knisley

News
Jun 02, 2010

Councillor Lorne Boyko hopes that representatives of provincial and federal governments will soon be ready for their photo op.

Boyko told council that three dates for an official sod-turning for the new arena have been set and cancelled because a representative was unable to attend.

“Because of the grant money the province and the federal government have to be there for the photo op,” he said.

This wouldn’t be a big deal, but the cancellations have fired up the rumour machine. This includes rumors that the project may not go forward.

The rumors are groundless. “Both projects (the Cayuga and Dunnville arenas) are going ahead,” he said.

Mayor Marie Trainer added her voice and said the arenas will be built.

Chief Administrative Officer Don Boyle said the unfounded rumors are causing real damage.

“This has been hindering fundraising efforts,” he said.

The groups trying to raise money for Dunnville’s new arena and community hall took on a major challenge. The rumors are undercutting their efforts.

This could also be a problem down the road. If the fundraising efforts for the arena come up short and the county has to cover the shortfall, county council may be hesitant or unwilling to sign on to future cost-shared projects.

As to a second ice pad in Dunnville, the new arena is being built so that a second pad can be added when needed.

Councillor Craig Grice said unfounded, ill-informed rumors aren’t just a Dunnville problem.

He said in Caledonia there are all kinds of rumors about DCE.

“I’ve been hearing for years about traps in DCE. I’ve walked DCE, there is nothing there,” he said.

Currently, there are efforts underway to cleanup DCE and unfounded ill-informed rumors may impede that.

In both Dunnville and Caledonia rumors can really hurt, he said.

The best way to deal with rumors is to contact people who know what is going on. “Contact the right people if you want the right information,” he said.

http://www.sachem.ca/news/article/211671 . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "A Rumour is a Rumour"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Food Drive Items Needed"

After reading the story below, I decided that there is something that we can all do to help out the Salvation Army and that is to help replenish their food bank. We can’t stop people from dumping the garbage (I have seen this myself) but we can help in easing the financial burden by donating . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Food Drive Items Needed"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Food Drive Items Needed"

After reading the story below, I decided that there is something that we can all do to help out the Salvation Army and that is to help replenish their food bank. We can’t stop people from dumping the garbage (I have seen this myself) but we can help in… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Food Drive Items Needed"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Who is on the List?"

These are the current registered candidates seeking your support for Haldimand County Council.

The county website is updated everyday around 4:00pm. There is a link in my side bar that will take you directly to this page.

Registered Candidates

The following candidates have been listed in alphabetical order, by last name.Please note: This webpage will . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Who is on the List?"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Who is on the List?"

These are the current registered candidates seeking your support for Haldimand County Council.The county website is updated everyday around 4:00pm. There is a link in my side bar that will take you directly to this page.Registered CandidatesThe followi… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Who is on the List?"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Arena Twin Pad Proposal"

Dunnville group proposes twin pad funding idea

By Dave Dunham (President) Margaret Rose (Treasure) Bob Allen (Member) (For Volunteers of Maple Creek Leisureplex 2000 Inc.)

LettersMay 11, 2010

In support of Haldimand County making provisions for adding a second pad to Dunnville’s new arena – consultant F. J. Galloway justified doing so in his Feasibility . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Arena Twin Pad Proposal"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Arena Twin Pad Proposal"

Dunnville group proposes twin pad funding idea

By Dave Dunham (President) Margaret Rose (Treasure) Bob Allen (Member) (For Volunteers of Maple Creek Leisureplex 2000 Inc.)

Letters
May 11, 2010

In support of Haldimand County making provisions for adding a second pad to Dunnville’s new arena – consultant F. J. Galloway justified doing so in his Feasibility Study as written:

“Based on the data for this study, this strategy would likely result in a twin pad in Dunnville, for the following reasons:

• The Dunnville Arena has an evidently higher utilization level and will have higher population growth over future years;

• Dunnville is further away from other arena facilities, while Cayuga is centrally located and has relatively shorter drive times to either Caledonia or Dunnville;

• Dunnville has a closer proximity to other population sectors that could be interested in using the facility or create a larger market for special event activities beyond ice use

The main reasons for building the second pad now are all too obvious:

• Haldimand wishes to be fair and equitable to its residents.

• If Dunnville only needs one pad for 15,000 residents, then West Haldimand only needs 2 pads for 30,000. Otherwise, if the West needs 4 pads for 30,000, then Dunnville needs 2 pads for 15,000. It is that simple.

• Building a second pad now will cost $4 million as quoted by two arena contractors – instead of $8 million later.

• Building the second pad now means the walking track will not be needed and its $250,000 cost can be used to reduce the cost of the second pad from $4 to $3.75 million.

• Building a second pad later would disrupt site parking and decrease site safety for about one year of construction.

• Dunnville residents have signed over 2,000 petitions to have their twin pad built now, because they know they need it.

• Only allowing for one pad in Dunnville is currently hurting fundraising and affecting confidence in our County.

• Building a second pad later is not a good business choice based on Ontario’s trend to build twin pads and not single pads.

• County staff and volunteers would not have to go through the costly planning, fundraising and building processes all over again if the twin pad is built now.

• To avoid passing an $8 million expense to the next Council and our trusting taxpayers.

Pay It Forward Plan:

Based on our County making provisions to add a second pad, Galloway’s professional justification for a twin pad in Dunnville, and current Ontario arena trends favouring twin pads; Maple Creek volunteers are proposing a “Pay It Forward Plan.”

• We will borrow $3.75 -4 million from a local bank or trust company to pay for our second pad now. With either private investors or our County as our co-signers for the loan.

• We will fundraise for the second pad to cover interest, principle, and to reduce the amount owing on the second pad, so we can save taxpayers and future Council over $4 million.

• Then, our future Council can realize the savings by paying for the balance of the loan from the $4 million saved.

• The “Pay It Forward Plan” will create a win-win-win scenario for this Council, our future Council and Haldimand taxpayers.

Let’s help make Haldimand a fair and equitable place to live!

Dunnville Sachem, May 11, 2010
http://www.sachem.ca/opinions/article/209780 . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Arena Twin Pad Proposal"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Soccer Club takes County to Court"

Soccer club takes county to courtPosted By CATHY PELLETIER , CHRONICLE STAFF WRITERWednesday May 12, 2010

While Dunnville soccer players prepare to fight for control of the ball on the fields, a bigger battle has been brewing on the sidelines.

What began as an ongoing debate between Haldimand County and members of the Dunnville Youth . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Soccer Club takes County to Court"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Soccer Club takes County to Court"

Soccer club takes county to courtPosted By CATHY PELLETIER , CHRONICLE STAFF WRITERWednesday May 12, 2010While Dunnville soccer players prepare to fight for control of the ball on the fields, a bigger battle has been brewing on the sidelines.What began… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Soccer Club takes County to Court"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Canada’s Worst Driver coming to Dunnville"

Dunnville’s worst driverPosted By NICOLE AMBROSE , CHRONICLE STAFF WRITERResidents of Dunnville should keep a closer eye and pay more attention to the road while driving this summer, as a motion was passed in council on Monday to allow an amendment to … . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Canada’s Worst Driver coming to Dunnville"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Canada’s Worst Driver coming to Dunnville"

Dunnville’s worst driverPosted By NICOLE AMBROSE , CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER

Residents of Dunnville should keep a closer eye and pay more attention to the road while driving this summer, as a motion was passed in council on Monday to allow an amendment to a current Dunnville bylaw to allow filming to begin of an automotive . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Canada’s Worst Driver coming to Dunnville"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher"

Running a campaign can be very, very interesting. I have been asked many questions in the last couple of months, and every couple of days I will talk about some of the questions that people have asked me, and what my answers were.One question that has … . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher"

Running a campaign can be very, very interesting. I have been asked many questions in the last couple of months, and every couple of days I will talk about some of the questions that people have asked me, and what my answers were.

One question that has come up more than a few times is . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher, Ward 6"

Well we are about six months away from election day here in Haldimand County. It may seem like a long time down the road but for anyone that is campaigning it is just around the corner.Last week my sister and I did a photo shoot in Dunnville for my cam… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher, Ward 6"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher, Ward 6"

Well we are about six months away from election day here in Haldimand County. It may seem like a long time down the road but for anyone that is campaigning it is just around the corner.

Last week my sister and I did a photo shoot in Dunnville for my campaign material and I am . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Vote for Donna Pitcher, Ward 6"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Are You On the Voters List"

Information for VOTERS

Who is eligible to vote in Haldimand County?

A person is entitled to be an elector in a municipal election if, on voting day, he or she

•is 18 years of age
•a Canadian citizen
•resides in Haldimand County or is the owner or tenant of land in Haldimand County, or the spouse of such owner or tenant
•not prohibited from voting under any law

New for 2010: As a result of the Good Government Act, before receiving a ballot, eligible voters must produce proof of identity and residence as part of their qualification to vote. Sufficient identification includes all of the following:

1. Name
2. Qualifying Address
3. Signature

An example of such ID would be a current driver’s licence or photo health card. If you do not have a piece of ID with all three components, it is possible that you may need two pieces of ID to cover all three requirements. For example a Voter Notification Card (issued by the municipality) AND a document with your signature.

Find out more about Identification that will be accepted

Who is not eligible to vote in Haldimand County?

•A person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
•A corporation
•A person acting as an executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act
•A person convicted of a corrupt practice if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.

Am I on the Voters’ List?

Each municipality prepares a Voters’ List based on a Preliminary List of Electors provided to it by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Municipalities utilize this list to print the Voters’ List by September 1st of the election year. In order to comply with legislation, MPAC’s Preliminary List of Electors must contain only qualified electors.

New in 2010: To meet new requirements, if MPAC does not have confirmation that local residents are Canadian citizens, those names will not be included on the preliminary list and subsequently, the Voters’ List. As a result, approximately 3300 electors have been removed from the primary voter list and will need to be updated!

In order to update their records, MPAC is sending out Municipal Enumeration Forms in the spring of 2010. If you receive this form, please complete it and return it to MPAC by June 1, 2010, ensuring that the “Canadian Citizen” category is filled out for each individual listed on the form.

Ensure you are on the voters list to decrease wait times at the poll!

How does an elector vote?

The 2010 Municipal Election Day is Monday, October 25, 2010. Eligible voters (as outlined above) can vote at their designated poll, when they provide valid identification. Locations will be posted as they become available

For electors who are not able to vote on election day, advance polls are to be held in October . Electors voting at an advanced poll can vote at any of the advanced locations. Dates and locations will be posted as they become available

There is also a provision whereby electors who are not able to vote, at either the advance poll or on Election Day, can appoint someone to vote by proxy in their place.

Proof of identity and residence will be required for all voters. . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Are You On the Voters List"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Are You On the Voters List"

Information for VOTERS

Who is eligible to vote in Haldimand County?

A person is entitled to be an elector in a municipal election if, on voting day, he or she

•is 18 years of age•a Canadian citizen•resides in Haldimand County or is the owner or tenant of land in Haldimand County, or the spouse of . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Are You On the Voters List"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "The Flood One Year Later"

I am trying to do a bit of catch up. This article was in the Chronicle at the end of February. Thanks Cathy for a great story.The Flood –One Year LaterBy CATHY PELLETIER , CHRONICLE STAFF WRITERIt was Friday the 13th, 2009 when the Grand River awakene… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "The Flood One Year Later"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "The Flood One Year Later"

I am trying to do a bit of catch up. This article was in the Chronicle at the end of February. Thanks Cathy for a great story.

The Flood –One Year LaterBy CATHY PELLETIER , CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER

It was Friday the 13th, 2009 when the Grand River awakened from its winter hibernation and began . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "The Flood One Year Later"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Open House for the new Dunnville Arena"

NOTICE OF PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

Dunnville Single Pad Arena, Walking Track & Ground Floor Community Centre Plans.

The Corporation of Haldimand County will be presenting the floor plans, building renderings and site plan for the new single pad arena, walking track and ground floor community centre in Dunnville. Construction is tentatively scheduled to commence . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Open House for the new Dunnville Arena"