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Scripturient: Deputy mayor & interim CAO missing in action?

The headline in the Connection story reads, “Collingwood meets with provincial ministers about waterfront plan.” Well, that’s incorrect: it wasn’t “Collingwood” – it was Mayor Cooper and two staff members at th… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Deputy mayor & interim CAO missing in action?

Scripturient: A brief update on Collus-PowerStream

Just a brief note to give my readers the opportunity to examine two documents related to Collus-PowerStream and our council’s secretive efforts to sabotage our utility. Both are in PDF format, linked below. First is the presentation given by th… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: A brief update on Collus-PowerStream

Babel-on-the-Bay: Heat is on to change municipal voting.

It seems the Ontario government is turning loose lots of bewildered voters in the 2018 municipal elections. In legislation brought forward earlier this year, the government is allowing municipal election officials across the province to use ranked ballots to select local councillors and mayoralty candidates. While supposedly to ensure some legitimacy to those elected, it […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Heat is on to change municipal voting.

Scripturient: No consultation with customers or neighbours

Did you know Collus-PowerStream serves thousands of customers in Stayner, Thornbury and Creemore? More than 4,000 residences, businesses, restaurants, stores, churches, municipal facilities and farms are on the Collus-PowerStream distribution network, … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: No consultation with customers or neighbours

Scripturient: It’s not the town doing this: merely staff

“Collingwood laywer (sic) says town won’t sign confidentiality agreement regarding Collus employee information” says the headline in a story in last week’s Collingwood Connection. Yes, it really does say “laywer….&#… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: It’s not the town doing this: merely staff

Scripturient: Opportunities Collingwood has lost

I spent two days in the trade show at the AMO conference this week, looking at the booth across the aisle from me. It constantly reminded me of the opportunities for Collingwood this council has thrown away, of what great opportunities we have lost t… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Opportunities Collingwood has lost

Scripturient: Why is this man still working for Collingwood?

I am appalled and disgusted, and you should be, too. In what seems only minutes after council and staff received a remedial presentation on roles and responsibilities that emphasized the MAYOR speaks for the town, no one else, the interim CAO was at it… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Why is this man still working for Collingwood?

Scripturient: What did the former council ever do for us?

TIM: What exactly are the demands? BRIAN: We’re giving Powerstream two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Collus utility, and if they don’t agree immediately, we execute the shotgun clause. TIM: You mean, cut their nose off? DEB… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: What did the former council ever do for us?

Scripturient: Time for council to learn the rules? Nah…

Being a councillor is hard work. You have to scurry around in dark corners looking for places in which to hold secret meetings, you have to plan the destruction of town facilities and services, you have to spend whole minutes calculating how much to ra… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Time for council to learn the rules? Nah…

Scripturient: The destruction of Collus

There’s a story in the online Connection that highlights how much this council has spent on lawyers and consultants to further its vendetta against Collus-Powerstream: more than $400,000 so far. Half of it was spent in 2015 (I have… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The destruction of Collus

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

Babel-on-the-Bay: All parades need elephants.

It was great wrap to the Pride month the other day when Toronto’s Pride Parade made its way down Yonge Street. It was also good to see Canada’s Prime Minister taking part. The only glitch in the day’s proceedings is when a group invited to be specifically honoured by the parade got carried away with […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: All parades need elephants.

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

Babel-on-the-Bay: Who is reforming policing?

It seems everybody is in on the act these days. The Province of Ontario is reviewing the Police Services Act. The City of Toronto keeps appointing committees to solve its budget problems with policing. And the cops are just digging in their heels against change. But the question that has to be asked is, “Who […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Who is reforming policing?

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: 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

Babel-on-the-Bay: What’s with bicycles in Toronto?

We always agreed with the healthy aspects of cycling and never thought much about bike lanes on city streets. That was until city council’s passion for cycling got carried away. They are spending millions of taxpayers’ money on restricted bike lanes and further tying up traffic. Are these people nuts? You really have to wonder […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: What’s with bicycles in Toronto?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Politicians are just like us.

Maybe it is because they are never a hero to their valets that we have never been overly impressed with politicians. As a publicist and confidante to many politicians over the years, we have found that they share the same foibles, failures and frustrations as anyone else. Nobody is perfect and the person offering to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Politicians are just like us.

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

I have a letter on The Vancouver Sun’s website (online only, it would appear) replying to a ridiculous op-ed piece that blames the high cost of housing on “mass immigration.” My response is restrained in both tone and word count, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter