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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: 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

Dead Wild Roses: Syrian Human Traffiking

Wouldn’t it be nice if people, for once, didn’t decide to make money of the misery of others? (I know, I know. Capitalism would collapse the End Times would start, et cetera). One news story that caught my eye was the tomfoolery going on with some Immigration Consultants and their business of getting Syrian […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Syrian Human Traffiking

Scripturient: Killing gnats with grenades

Collingwood Council has taken the equivalent approach of a grenade attack to swat at a little gnat. It has launched a full-frontal assault on people feeding wildlife in order to get a couple of people in town to stop feeding feral cats. And of course i… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Killing gnats with grenades

Scripturient: Amateur layout and bad ads. Again.

I see the Town of Collingwood is still letting the EB layout its full page of ads in the paper. Tragic. Embarrassing. Cringe-worthy. The latest back page mashup has as its first ad the worst of the worst sort of ad layout, the sort only amateurs wou… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Amateur layout and bad ads. Again.

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs Weighs In On Ontario’s New Autism Policy

  The Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs (OASIS) has just weighed in on the new Ontario Autism Policy. In a media release David Barber, President at OASIS stated: This new policy, if implemented the way it stands, sets children and their families back Barber went on to stay: Early intervention is crucial for […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs Weighs In On Ontario’s New Autism Policy

Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

This blog will be dedicated moving forward to following the conversations and policy discussions about Ontario’s new autism policy. The discussions going on right now are a national ethical and moral issue and those across Canada should be kept up to date as much as possible. On Tuesday there was a very emotional rally at our provincial legislature […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

Scripturient: Why? A few questions for councillors

Why? Councillor Madigan said he had written that on every page of the report about Collus, presented to council last week by lawyer Mark Rodger. After reading the report, I also have many questions why. It’s a good question. I too, wrote ‘… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Why? A few questions for councillors

Scripturient: The latest FOI emails examined

One hundred and seventy pages of email correspondence between the town’s interim CAO, John Brown, and the Collus/Powerstream CEO, Ed Houghton, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, , 2015, were recently released to the public as the result of a Freedom of Inf… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The latest FOI emails examined

Scripturient: Collingwood’s broken committee system, part 2

Back in early 2015, I wrote that the experimental standing committee structure adopted by council was broken. Well, wouldn’t you know it, a year later, council finally agreed. And they replaced it with… you guessed it: another standing com… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Collingwood’s broken committee system, part 2

Mind Bending Politics: Kathleen Wynne’s Spouse Could Be Benefiting From Recent Changes to Autism Services In Ontario

(Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Spouse Jane Rounthwaite Worked as a Consultant in Autism Services While Parents Fought Government in Court in 2006) As the world celebrates Autism Awareness Day, parents in Ontario got extremely devastating news this past week that needed autism therapy would be no longer available after the age of 5. Back in […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Kathleen Wynne’s Spouse Could Be Benefiting From Recent Changes to Autism Services In Ontario

Scripturient: Fixing the shared services agreement

First, some history: for 15 years, Collus – now Collus/Powerstream – had a beneficial, mutually-agreed-on and successful agreement with the town to provide services back to the town at reasonable rates. These were things the town did not o… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Fixing the shared services agreement

In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

I invited Chris Alemany, a councillor for the City of Port Alberni, to write of his effort to gain information about a subject of broad public interest. It is unfortunate the BC Liberal Government demands that concerned citizens pay exorbitant amounts … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

Scripturient: Betraying the Public Interest

At last Monday’s council meeting, Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson maneuvered so that interim CAO John Brown was allowed to publicly speak to the question of his contract being extended before any vote was taken. Even before anyone on council had… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Betraying the Public Interest

In-Sights: Dots that may connect

When BC Ferries added a newly built ferry to its fleet in the 20th century, the vessel was constructed in BC shipyards. During the mid-nineties, two Spirit Class ships, currently the company’s finest and most efficient, were built in lower mainland and… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Dots that may connect

Scripturient: The $1.2 Million Bird-Flip

Only 16 months into this term and I’m already worn out from saying “I told you so.” I warned you it would get worse just a few weeks ago. And look: IT DID. But you’re not really surprised, are you? The whole thing was choreograp… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The $1.2 Million Bird-Flip

In-Sights: Birds of a feather…

Clark Cabinet or BC Hydro Board?He might not be Person of the Year, but TIME is paying attention to BC Liberals’ favourite Malaysian politician and LNG partner. In These 5 Facts Explain the State of Global Corruption, Ian Bremmer writes:In 2009, Malays… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Birds of a feather…

Scripturient: CAOs: Mene mene, tekel upharsin

The title, as you well know, dear reader, comes from the writing on the wall in Daniel 5, translated as, “You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.” Those words came to me as I read David Siegel’s recent book on Canadia… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: CAOs: Mene mene, tekel upharsin

Scripturient: Undermining the Mayor, and Theft

There are several changes to Collingwood’s procedural bylaw proposed. They will come up for voting on Monday night. Most are dry procedural stuff that will likely improve or smooth the normally byzantine process. But one section in particular t… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Undermining the Mayor, and Theft