Another Dilkens Allocated Blunder

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“Unallocated  money?” What the dilkens does that  mean? How can  $268-million be  unallocated? Where  was it  hiding in the budget for all  of these years? If that’s case, why wasn’t there a tax reduction? With the  unplowed streets  in winter and basements flooding  in summer, can  it  be viewed as the  ultimate  slush(y) fund? No matter which […]

T’was just months before the election …

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T’was just months before the election and all through the streets, candidates were canvassing, but of Enwin nary a peep. Up until now visions of sugar-plums had been dancing in  Mayor Francis’ head. There had been no discussion of Enwin and the Auditor General issue had faded into obscurity. Even city councilor Alan Halberstadt observed, “Certainly all […]

Horwitz Serves Up Waffles

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While the issues raised by those the media and certain councilors call ‘naysayers’  are being adopted by many of the candidates in this year’s municipal election; you have to read between the lines to understand what some are apparently saying. Take Mayoral candidate Larry Horwitz as an example. While we know where Drew Dilkens stands […]

Naysayer Manifesto Adopted By … Everyone

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the unfolding municipal election is no exception. The past 11 years are best described as the failure of leadership and an agenda of cheap political points over building consensus as critics were (and still are)  increasingly targeted with hate-filled vitriol. Alain De Botton, a Swiss born author, may have been […]

Ward 5 Web Review

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This has been an interesting exercise. The majority of candidates who have contacted me have been appreciative; however some have told me they would have preferred I contacted them quietly. Others are complaining in social networks that I haven’t even mentioned their name – hard to do when I had yet to review their website or even receive […]

Sweet Victory

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“Ethics?  Why start now?” So wrote Paul Synnott on a blog site in response to my entry where I declared a conflict in Ward 4. My column questioning whether or not there was a slate being run was met with charges of tin-foil hats, conspiracy theorists and other commentary including an attack against my mother – something sadly expected […]

Potty-Mouthed Posse Strikes

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Almost to this day, I began blogging as a candidate during the 2006 election.   While not nearly as prolific, I’m still at it some eight years later. As a communications student, I began to become interested in the printed word; the power relationships between the media and government; the use of images as communication, media […]

Ward 4 Web Review

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr. —————————————– It’s been an interesting couple of days to say the least. Following my web reviews of wards one, two and three, I was […]

Clucking Ridiculous

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David Letterman once said, “There’s no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.” But Letterman should forgo the script writers and mosey on down to the dark recesses of City Hall to take in a council meeting or two as the basis of a new show. Once again basements across Windsor were  aflutter […]

The Status Quo Or A New Direction?

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While growing up, my parents instilled within me many truths in their life that have laid the foundation of who I am today. My father in particular, coming from a large working class family in rural Ontario, has been a significant influence.  Work hard, question everything, and always trust your instincts to guide you.   Most […]

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