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Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Who sends out your water bills? Collus-PowerStream. It’s all part of the shared services agreement. Yes, that simple little agreement that for 15 productive, cooperative years linked our water and electrical utilities with mutual resources. That same agreement The Block dismantled and handed over to the interim CAO two years ago to rewrite and update. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Those pesky costs The Block forgot to mention

Alberta Politics: Calculating St. Albert City Councillors’ meeting attendance – from best to worst

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Council. From left to right: Bob Russell, Sheena Hughes, Tim Osborne, Nolan Crouse, Wes Brodhead, Cam MacKay and Cathy Heron (City of St. Albert photo). Below: A few shots from the author’s personal collection, which includes Mayor Crouse at one of the many community events he also goes to, Cam MacKay, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Calculating St. Albert City Councillors’ meeting attendance – from best to worst

Scripturient: No, Brian: Elvis isn’t in the CBSP

At the Nov. 28 Council meeting (seen here on Rogers TV), Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson blathered on in cliché-rich, lawerly manner (starting 1:14:05) about how much the Elvis Festival means to his “Community-Based Strategic Plan” (1:16:18) – that committee-based wishlist which was neither strategic nor a plan. What does he mean when he claims that . . . → Read More: Scripturient: No, Brian: Elvis isn’t in the CBSP

Scripturient: Muzzling the airport board

The Collingwood Airport Board wants to get its own legal opinion about the Clearview Aviation Business Park request for a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate access to the airport. Seems reasonable for the board charged with oversight of the airport to want to make sure that any decisions made best represent their mandate and . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Muzzling the airport board

Scripturient: I used to like him; not so much now…

Back in the ’70s when he ran for mayor and we both lived in Toronto, I voted for John Sewell. And when he won, I was a big supporter of his human-scale policies and planning, and enjoyed his youthful vigour and vision. Now, not so much. Sure, he’s a smart, well-spoken, erudite man with a . . . → Read More: Scripturient: I used to like him; not so much now…

Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Toronto charge for parking on the DVP?

Did you hear that Toronto Council are now considering making the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway toll roads? This is hardly the first time the suggestion has been made and it is probably not the last. It shows you how desperate the city is for revenue other than taxing businesses and homes.

When . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Toronto charge for parking on the DVP?

Alberta Politics: The puzzling legacy of Calgary mayor Rod Sykes: not even one pathetic cul-de-sac has been named after him!

PHOTOS: Former Calgary mayor Rod Sykes sometime during his heyday between 1969 and 1977 (Glenbow Museum photo). Below: The cover of Thin Power, How Former Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes Stamped His Brand on the City … And Scorched Some Sacred Cows, and its author, retired Alberta journalist Andy Marshall. Rod Sykes was Mayor of Calgary . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The puzzling legacy of Calgary mayor Rod Sykes: not even one pathetic cul-de-sac has been named after him!

Scripturient: Obstructionism killing 1,600+ jobs & growth

Just when you thought Collingwood Council couldn’t set the bar any lower, they go and move it down another notch. On Monday, Oct. 31, The Block had a chance to save face, rectify their blatant mismanagement of the Collingwood Regional Airport development and save the proposed, $300 million, 260-acre, industrial park that could bring 400 . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Obstructionism killing 1,600+ jobs & growth

Scripturient: Fulfilling a role? Who are you kidding?

The bite of irony is in the air when a flimsy piece of blatant Block propaganda masquerading as an official media release is published by the town. It has the misleading headline, “Town fulfilling role in hospital redevelopment process,” but only delusional sycophants won’t read it as a Block screed. When did town media releases . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Fulfilling a role? Who are you kidding?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Go figure new municipal voting.

It has been so much fun observing the current political zoo in the United States that we tend to forget what is going on in our own backyard. Sure, we knew about the move by the Ontario government to allow municipalities in the province to move to ranked balloting but we were not aware that . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Go figure new municipal voting.

Scripturient: Promises, promises, promises – all broken

Two years ago, in a series in the Collingwood Connection on the eve of the last election, 2014, all candidates were asked to make statements about certain issues. I thought it would be good to examine a few of their promises and see how well they have progressed. Whether they have actually kept those promises. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Promises, promises, promises – all broken

Scripturient: 13 Ways to Kill Collingwood

I found it! I stumbled across the secret manifesto The Block is using to destroy Collingwood. It’s in a book called “13 Ways to Kill Your Community” (Frontenac House, 2010) by Doug Griffiths and Kelley Clemmer. And pretty much everything in it outlines The Block’s not-so-secret plan to turn this community into rubbish. I know, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 13 Ways to Kill Collingwood

Scripturient: Sabotaging the hospital (again)

Last night at council, The Borg Block again took another step towards sabotaging the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital’s redevelopment plans. Not unexpected: destroying the community is a key plank in their platform, as we’ve seen by their actions against the airport, water utility and Collus PowerStream. Plus, they need to pander to their ever-dwindling . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Sabotaging the hospital (again)

Scripturient: Collingwood is being investigated

Collingwood Council and town administration are in trouble. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is investigating them and their recent activities with regards to Collus-PowerStream and its board of directors. This is not good news for those at the table or those behind the scenes who guided their hands. A letter was unexpectedly added to the agenda … Continue reading “Collingwood is being investigated” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Collingwood is being investigated

Scripturient: Their secret emails, redacted

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request I recently filed shows just how devious and secretive some of our council and administration are. You can read the entire series here. The cover letter is here (it is instructive…). In late July, Council approved sending out a request for proposals (RFP) to sell our share in our … Continue reading “Their secret emails, redacted” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Their secret emails, redacted

Scripturient: Can the mayor fire the interim CAO?

Does the mayor have the authority to fire someone by herself? The interim CAO, for example? It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot of late by residents. I think so, but it’s not clear to me in the Municipal Act. She is, after all, legally both the head of council and the chief executive officer, and … Continue reading “Can the mayor fire the interim CAO?” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Can the mayor fire the interim CAO?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Welcome to small-town gaming?

The other day the Toronto Star ran an editorial supporting Toronto’s Woodbine Entertainment becoming a full-fledged casino. It also supported a strange request from Toronto Public Health to restrict the casino to operating only 18 hours per day. And this is supposed to promote responsible gaming? This closing proposal is not only small minded but […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Welcome to small-town gaming?

Scripturient: The Wasaga Beach G&M Hospital

You’d think supporting your local hospital’s redevelopment was a no-brainer for municipal politicians. And since ‘no-brainer’ has been the exemplary style of Collingwood Council this term, they should go hand-in-glove. But apparently for The Block, ‘no-brainer’ means merely thoughtless focus on personal agendas, not the community’s well-being or future. That’s not news, of course; just … Continue reading “The Wasaga Beach G&M Hospital” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Wasaga Beach G&M Hospital

Scripturient: Another Collus conspiracy debunked

As a former reporter and editor, I always feel a twinge of satisfaction when I read a well-written story in the local appears that gets all of its facts right. When everything is stated correctly, the English is good, the facts well reported, the repor… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Another Collus conspiracy debunked

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