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Last post…

… for here, anyways…

No, I haven’t left the paper, much to the chagrin of, uh, everyone it seems these days.

I’ve decided to move the Underground to my own URL, at http://www.morganianadams.com. It will give me a chance to plug my personal writing, along with my musings on local happenings. Please note, though, aside . . . → Read More: Last post…

Hull motion on the money…

… too bad it’s about six months too late…

On Monday night, Councillor Keith Hull introduced a notice of motion to strike a task force to examine the future of the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, including an examination of the historical and current economic impact to the downtown and community; establishing what the potential economic . . . → Read More: Hull motion on the money…

Context watch, Sprung edition…

Another notation of the pile Sprung emails jumped out at me. Here’s how it’s portrayed:

August 7 – Department Head meeting w/ Mayor Cooper & Kevin Lloyd re: benifits of Sprung structures at Centennial Pool/Central Park. Some concerns about Sprung are pointed out re: Insulation & Leed certification.

Here’s the actual content:

Sprung buildings can . . . → Read More: Context watch, Sprung edition…

To everything, context…

I’m sure Steve Berman is seeing a significant uptick in hits this morning as a result of publishing some of the details he’s gleaned from six months worth of emails on the town’s rec facilities and the municipality’s dealings with the eventual supplier of the structures for the pool and the new arena, Sprung.

It’s . . . → Read More: To everything, context…

And now, the truth…

… actually, I assiduously try to avoid using ‘truth’ in my blog post titles.

I’ve also given myself 24 hours on this one, given my propensity to swear like a sailor. I don’t usually do that in print, but this time, it was getting pretty darn close. I’m also posting this against the advice of . . . → Read More: And now, the truth…

Sigh…

OK, fine, Steve Berman wins, as evidently I’m one of the bad guys. He can have the Innernets…

If you can’t say something nice…

It may be best to say nothing at all… at least, that is, until July, 2014…

So Councillor Keith Hull isn’t happy with the decision to buy two Sprung buildings. Yeah, I get that. I — and the E-B — were not particularly impressed with the direction the town council took with its recreational facilities.

. . . → Read More: If you can’t say something nice…

For reasons that shall become clear…

… I recognize that I will likely be scooped in the next day or so on a hot story happening in town. I have some of the same documents; however, in the interest of not being accused of being someone’s mouthpiece or ‘shill’, cuz it’s getting kind of tiresome, I’ve opted to go through official . . . → Read More: For reasons that shall become clear…

Darn it…

… jeez, and I joked to someone last September about doing this, tho’ my script was slightly different…

Mine was more of a ‘Hitler reacts to council’s decision to sole-source rec facilities’.

“We could put bubbles here, here, and here…”

I was trying to find the one The Admiral did a few years ago, but . . . → Read More: Darn it…

Sounds very Star Trek-y

The Wrath of Ian, with me in the role of Khan Noonien Singh, Colin Wills in the role of James T. Kirk, and…

Wait-ta-minute, this isn’t a happy story at all!

It seems I’ve become target for the local pajamadeen in this Pretty River Academy story, what with taking direction from the town, and seemingly . . . → Read More: Sounds very Star Trek-y

Happy new year…

… the reason I haven’t posted much, evidently, is because I’m waiting on my marching orders from town hall…

Odd, that… If I question how Steve Berman arrives at potential vote numbers, I’m obviously trashing him.

But it’s perfectly reasonable for him to question my ethics? OK, as long as I have that straight…

. . . → Read More: Happy new year…

Calculating the ‘silent majority’

I may have to get fellow blogger Steve Berman a calculator for Christmas; his manipulation of numbers the last week or so has even my math-challenged brain weeping for a sense of perspective.

Let’s start with his listing of the expense accounts of council members. First off, there’s no context to any of these numbers; . . . → Read More: Calculating the ‘silent majority’

An immodest proposal for council’s legacy

Collingwood council has hit the halfway mark in its term, and aside from the bump (bubble?) in the road that was the rec facility debate, there’s not much to point to where our local politicians have gone off-tangent from the course set following the 2010 regime change . Municipal spending under control? Check. Debt lowered? . . . → Read More: An immodest proposal for council’s legacy

Time to let residents in on secret for grain terminals

This is my column in Friday’s edition of the E-B – and after reading the agenda for Monday’s council meeting, it’s even more appropriate given the town is now thinking of declaring the yacht club property surplus… Ontario’s Municipal Act is pretty clear. Municipal councils, under Sec. 239 (2) may close a meeting if the […] . . . → Read More: Time to let residents in on secret for grain terminals

Apropos of nothing…

… other than my own curiousity. Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch’s spending is about 21% less than the spending of our former Member of Parliament, based on the latest figures released by the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy. In 2010-2011, Helena Guergis spent more than $522,000; in her first year in office, Leitch has […] . . . → Read More: Apropos of nothing…

Councillor blindsided by inability to use very, very important Points of Privilege…

Did you watch Monday night’s presentation of the Why Can’t We Be Friends Of Central Park (updated story here)? Did you wonder why councillors were hopping up and down in their seats, the spittle of their seething outrage smearing up the lenses of the Rogers cameras? OK, not all of council. And I do have […] . . . → Read More: Councillor blindsided by inability to use very, very important Points of Privilege…

Where there’s smoke…

… there’s, uh, more smoke…

Jeez, it’s getting smoky in here…

So, I’m reading Steve Berman’s latest blog post on Five Questions Collingwood Should Ask About Ed Houghton, thinking eventually I’ll get to the question of what shade of Just For Men is in Ed’s medicine cabinet (here’s a hint: only his stylist knows).

Unfortunately, . . . → Read More: Where there’s smoke…

Odds and sods for a Monday morning…

… E-B reporter Emily Innes will be hitting tonight’s Christian Heritage Party meeting protesting the casino proposal; I’m certain there will some interesting fodder for discussion, especially as the owners of a resort in Collingwood will appear before town council asking for support to put the slot machines in their facility.

Emily will also be . . . → Read More: Odds and sods for a Monday morning…

Central Park craziness continues…

Guess what’s got councillors’ goats this morning? It seems the Central Park Steering Committee were informed in September, 2011 that the YMCA lost out on a provincial/federal grant it was hoping to obtain — that’s that $3 million grant referred to by Y CEO Rob Armstrong in a letter on council’s agenda on July 16, . . . → Read More: Central Park craziness continues…

Why can’t we all be ‘Friends’…

Here’s my, uh, rather ‘brief’ recap of last night’s Friends of Central Park meeting. And here’s just a few of my other thoughts:

Thumb’s Up: Acting-CAO Ed Houghton gets a lot of props in my book; he walked into a n0-win situation and… um, well, I don’t know if he ‘won’, per se, but he . . . → Read More: Why can’t we all be ‘Friends’…

Just the facts, Jack!

So tonight, Occupy Collingwood Friends of Central Park project will be holding a public meeting at the Collingwood Legion to get out “the facts.”

There’s been so much flying around these days about the rec facilities, it’s been tough to separate ‘facts’ from the ‘fiction’.

There’s also been nasty swirly rumours that the VOTE group . . . → Read More: Just the facts, Jack!

Muddying the (pool) waters…

… The Simcoe-Muskoka YMCA, in an open letter to its members, indicates it has met with municipal officials and presented an option for aquatics.

It included a breakdown of costs that the local rumblings suggest would make it (gasp!) cheaper financially more efficient for the Y to operate a 25-metre pool at their Hume Street . . . → Read More: Muddying the (pool) waters…

Occupy Collingwood Part Deux…

… or the Long March to Truthiness…

On Monday, the folks who want town council to revisit the decision on rec facilities will march from Central Park to town hall. They’ll be wanting answers, but all I suspect is they’ll come away with is frustration and sore feet.

Let’s face it — council’s decision is . . . → Read More: Occupy Collingwood Part Deux…

Rally Ready: Girding our loins for Occupy Collingwood…

Will you be downtown at 4? Will there be 100? 300? 23?

There’s no question the folks rallying in front of town hall against council’s decision to build two fabric structures — one over Centennial Pool, the other over a new ice rink planned for Central Park — are driven and passionate. I may not . . . → Read More: Rally Ready: Girding our loins for Occupy Collingwood…

Finding legitimacy…

It’s been quite something to watch some of the comments fly around — here, on Facebook, on the petition, and in emails — with regard to Collingwood council’s decision last Monday to go ahead and build two structures — sole-sourced, at that — to cover Centennial Pool, and a new rink at Central Park.

As . . . → Read More: Finding legitimacy…