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 […]

Election Coverage: Ward 2 and 3 Web Review

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  Evaluating a website, I acknowledge, is purely subjective.  What works for you may not work for me.  Although I try to view them from the perspective of the average computer user, it still is my perspective.  But how I evaluate them is based on some basics. Does the candidate even have a website?  Do the links […]

Election Coverage: Ward 1

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UPDATED:  After posting this initial review, many of the sites have been updated. Over the next few months I will be offering my perspective of different aspects of the election in the various wards. I will also be disclosing any conflicts as I am involved in several campaigns and friends with some of the candidates. I’ll begin […]

Openness, Honesty, Transparency And Respect

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Nearly 4 years ago to this day, I was sitting in my new friend’s backyard sipping lemonade under the pleasant mid-summer’s day sun discussing local politics as well as some of the challenges a sitting councilor faces every day. No matter one’s political leanings or weltanschauung, while we may disagree, I always respect their decision to undertake […]

A Smack Upside The Head

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“Is that all?” my mother asked incredulously. To this day I remember her question as well as the accompanying look of  relief as she tried to console me. It was a warm sunny June day in 1991 and I was sitting on our back patio in Sarnia feeling everything but sunny. An hour earlier I […]

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