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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 … . . . → 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 it would not be wise to be . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: "Hello Haldimand"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Sweet Dividend"

Haldimand Hydro dividendBy Jim KnisleyNewsJun 02, 2010Albert Marshall, chair of Haldimand Hydro, presented Mayor Marie Trainer with a $691,445 dividend cheque on Monday.The dividend is up 21 per cent from $515,808 paid last year.Haldimand Hydro is whol… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Sweet Dividend"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Sweet Dividend"

Haldimand Hydro dividend

By Jim Knisley

NewsJun 02, 2010

Albert Marshall, chair of Haldimand Hydro, presented Mayor Marie Trainer with a $691,445 dividend cheque on Monday.

The dividend is up 21 per cent from $515,808 paid last year.

Haldimand Hydro is wholly owned by Haldimand County. In the last 10 years it has paid more . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Sweet Dividend"

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 "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 "Haldimand County Council supports Natural Gas Plant in Nanticoke"

The mayors of Mississauga, Oakville and Haldimand County have joined forces to lobby the Liberal government to support a plan to build a natural gas power plant in rural Haldimand instead of a controversial scheme to establish one in Oakville.

Haldimand council supports a plan by Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) to build a plant beside . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Haldimand County Council supports Natural Gas Plant in Nanticoke"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Haldimand County Council supports Natural Gas Plant in Nanticoke"

The mayors of Mississauga, Oakville and Haldimand County have joined forces to lobby the Liberal government to support a plan to build a natural gas power plant in rural Haldimand instead of a controversial scheme to establish one in Oakville.Haldimand… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Haldimand County Council supports Natural Gas Plant in Nanticoke"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Community Support Services Responds to Haldimand County Flip Flop Decision"

Service centres weigh in

By Cheryl Beemer, Sandy Clark, Paul Dishke, Julie Fleet, Kim Fleming, Don Henning, Nancy Legere, Bil Lofthouse and Larry Williamson, The board of directors, CSCHN

LettersMay 19, 2010

On behalf of the thousands of clients we serve annually and the hard-working and dedicated staff of the not-for-profit Community Support Centre of . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Community Support Services Responds to Haldimand County Flip Flop Decision"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Community Support Services Responds to Haldimand County Flip Flop Decision"

Service centres weigh in

By Cheryl Beemer, Sandy Clark, Paul Dishke, Julie Fleet, Kim Fleming, Don Henning, Nancy Legere, Bil Lofthouse and Larry Williamson, The board of directors, CSCHN

Letters
May 19, 2010

On behalf of the thousands of clients we serve annually and the hard-working and dedicated staff of the not-for-profit Community Support Centre of Haldimand-Norfolk, (CSCHN) we wanted to say shame on Haldimand County Council- and especially Mayor Marie Trainer and Councillor Buck Sloat- for their recent flip-flop on emergency funding to our agency and the Salvation Army.

Passing a 5-2 motion in favour of funding one week- in the presence of representatives from our two agencies and with assurances that all questions had been answered to ensure an informed decision- and one week later playing what appears to be election-year politics at the expense of our clients- is unconscionable. Not only did these elected officials pull the rug out from under our agencies with ridiculous excuses that had already been addressed, they did so when no one from our two agencies was present to respond to these concerns.

The impact of this decision is that our Centre will have to reduce already-skeletal staffing and service by the fall, and possibly close by the end of the year.

Our two small, not-for-profit agencies- which receive virtually no ongoing government funding- provide residents and families of our County with essential and emergency services to help support them through difficult and unusually stressful times. Our community has had more than its fair share of hard times in the past four years, and Council has completely washed its hands when it comes to recognizing that exceptional increase in need, choosing to do nothing about it and preferring instead to blame the province for not doing enough.

We beg to differ: the province has already shown that it has limited time for Haldimand County. It is absolutely Council’s responsibility to take the time to understand and respond to the changing needs of its residents, including going beyond simply funding ‘mandated human services’ (through the Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services Department).

Since 2006, the CSCHN has seen a 200% increase in the need for essential services (e.g. food, housing, clothing), job search assistance and counselling. We have worked with many of our on-site agency collaborators (including the Caledonia & District Food Bank, Community Addiction and Mental Health Services, Haldimand-Norfolk R.E.A.C.H., Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services, Helping Hands for Haldimand, the Dunnville Salvation Army and others) to meet those exceptional needs.

As well during that time, we have received some one-time support from the provincial government (specifically related to the land claim dispute). In the past four years, Haldimand has benefitted from millions of dollars of additional provincial funding to support our region. However, the County, in its infinite wisdom, has chosen to invest all of that additional money directly into infrastructure, not people.

In early February, the CSCHN’s volunteer board of directors approached Haldimand County with a request for $50,000 in emergency funding and the desire to work with the County to more effectively lobby the provincial and federal governments to increase funding for local health, social and community services such as ours. We suggested that the Salvation Army- located at the other end of the County and providing a comparable service to ours- be considered in this exceptional request.

During the course of two months, our staff provided Council with a detailed budget of how the monies requested would be spent, pages of rationale regarding the community need and answered dozens of questions related to the legitimacy of our request, the fairness of providing funding to one agency over another, how we do business, our ability to ensure these monies would actually go towards helping our fellow neighbours and more. In the end, it appears politics won out instead of policy.

Mayor Trainer and Councillor Sloat—who had originally voted in favour of the funding—chose to play fast and loose with the fortunes of our clients, implying that since the CSCHN couldn’t guarantee that all of the $50,000 would benefit only Haldimand County residents (by our own admission, approximately 2% of our 22,000 annual client visits come from communities neighbouring Haldimand) they couldn’t support the request.

Councillor Don Ricker added insult to injury, questioning the integrity of our two organizations by saying we “could use the money as we wish.” We would be interested to hear what Councillor Ricker thinks we’re going to use the money for, if not for our clients.

Those of us who believe that this is a caring community—and want to ensure this continues to be the case—might want to keep this in mind at election time.

http://www.sachem.ca/opinions/article/210420 . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Community Support Services Responds to Haldimand County Flip Flop Decision"

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 "Halt the HST"

This certainly has my full support!

For Immediate Release:

May 14, 2010

Barrett backs MPP Macleod motion to halt HST in Ontario

Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is hopeful a PC motion is successful in putting the brakes on the McGuinty HST tax hike before it’s too late.

Barrett voiced his support for the motion from Lisa MacLoed, MPP for Nepean-Carleton and Critic for Revenue and Government Accountability, at an anti-HST information session in Oakville last night.

“This motion is the latest in a long list of attempts we’ve made to ensure government listens to the people of this province and halts this hated tax on everything,” stated Barrett. “To date, over 100,000 Ontarians have signed petitions in the PC Campaign to stop the tax.”

The motion would halt HST legislation until such time the McGuinty Liberals get a mandate from voters. MacLeod’s motion, to be debated in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on May 19th, cites the Dalton McGuinty oath, “I will not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters.” Since McGuinty has now admitted the HST “will be an increase in taxation,” MacLeod’s motion would delay the implementation of the HST until a date following the next provincial general election.

During the Oakville event, Barrett also discussed the suitability of the Nanticoke area as a host for electrical energy generation to substitute for a planned natural gas facility plant in Oakville.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629 . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Halt the HST"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Halt the HST"

This certainly has my full support!

For Immediate Release:

May 14, 2010

Barrett backs MPP Macleod motion to halt HST in Ontario

Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is hopeful a PC motion is successful in putting the brakes on the McGuinty HST tax hike before it’s too late.

Barrett voiced his support for . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Halt the HST"

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 "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 "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 "Hydro Rates to increase for Haldimand County"

OEB announces 2010 electricity distribution rates for Haldimand County Hydro Inc.TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ – Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) announced electricity distribution rates for Haldimand County Hydro Inc. (Haldimand). The new rates ar… . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Hydro Rates to increase for Haldimand County"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Hydro Rates to increase for Haldimand County"

OEB announces 2010 electricity distribution rates for Haldimand County Hydro Inc.

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ – Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) announced electricity distribution rates for Haldimand County Hydro Inc. (Haldimand). The new rates are effective May 1, 2010.

The delivery line of electricity bills will increase by approximately 12.7% or $5.66 for . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "Hydro Rates to increase for Haldimand County"

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 "MPP Toby Barrett on the Green Energy Act"

For Immediate Release:

April 14, 2010

Unmuzzle community concerns on wind power: Barrett

HN MPP voices support to return Planning Act powers to municipalities

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Toby Barrett says it was a mistake to take away municipal oversight powers when it comes to green energy projects like wind farms.

To that end, Barrett is supporting colleague Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and her private members bill to fix the Liberals’ controversial Green Energy Act.

“In one fell swoop, the Green Energy Act removed all rights from constituents and their locally-elected representatives for input on renewable energy projects,” Barrett said. “Ms. Jones’ bill would lift the muzzle and restore the democratic powers this heavy-handed government has seen fit to take away.”

Bill 29 represents the latest attempt by Opposition members to derail government attempts aimed at silencing municipal green energy concerns.

Barrett spoke in support of a motion last October from MPP Bill Murdoch calling on government for a moratorium and health study to determine the potential impacts of wind turbines on people’s health – that motion was defeated by governing Liberals. In recent weeks Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott introduced a similar motion, while Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has asked government at Queens Park to respect the wishes of over 50 Ontario communities requesting the Liberals put a moratorium on new wind developments.

“The Green Energy Act represents another attack on rural Ontario as we all know that it will rural areas – and not their own urban backyard – that government will be eyeing to locate these projects,” Barrett intoned. “Local communities should have an avenue to comment on projects that will impact them – that’s the bottom line.

“I am surprised this government would go to this extent to silence opposition and join my colleagues in fighting this municipal gag order!”

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629 . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "MPP Toby Barrett on the Green Energy Act"

Haldimand's Unheard Voice: Haldimand "MPP Toby Barrett on the Green Energy Act"

For Immediate Release:

April 14, 2010

Unmuzzle community concerns on wind power: Barrett

HN MPP voices support to return Planning Act powers to municipalities

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Toby Barrett says it was a mistake to take away municipal oversight powers when it comes to green energy projects like wind farms.

To that . . . → Read More: Haldimand’s Unheard Voice: Haldimand "MPP Toby Barrett on the Green Energy Act"

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"