The Magical Surplus Fairy

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There is no doubt the city-owned water park and pool – brought to you by WFCU – is a magical place full of laughter and fun. But it seems the aquatics center steering committee has also experienced some magic of its own. Apparently, the $78-million dollar project has almost $1-million left in a contingency fund.    […]

Where Is Windsor?

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FINA officials have asked it (Dalsen Chen, Aug 28, 2012, Windsor Star).  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford doesn’t know.  And now a City of Windsor ad supporting the automotive industry has everyone asking, “Where the hell is Windsor??”  

Mayor’s Banked Vacation An Unfunded Liability

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It seems my last column, “Is Council On Vacation?” caused some controversy – at least according to some messages I received about the vacation policy as described by the Windsor Star’s Doug Schmidt, January 2. You see, Mayor Francis is nothing short of a martyr. Rolling up his sleeves, pulling his weight and foregoing family time to […]

Is Council On Vacation?

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If there was ever a case for strict financial and fraud controls as well as independent oversight, Anne Jarvis’ column regarding an “OPP investigation” into “possible wrong doing” in the Town of Amherstburg  would qualify hands down (Anne Jarvis, Windsor Star, January 22, 2014). As a longtime critic of our own council’s decision to fire the Auditor General and […]

The Puppet Master

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Some city councillors and Mayor Francis must be getting worried. As people decide whether or not to  seek a council seat or the Mayor’s chair in hopes of sharing and implementing their vision, Francis comes out and says he’s “not going to shy away” from endorsing and even supporting candidates he “feels are best able to carry” […]

Francis: It Hursts The Same

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Every budget year since 2004 we’ve heard how the Mayor and council are controlling spending without affecting services while building an arena, MRO, pool and water park without raising taxes. Since 2008 we’ve also heard the grossly misleading “tax freeze” that has created controversy on air waves and in print. Former Mayor Mike Hurst was lambasted for […]

Welcome to Windsor

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UPDATE:  The City of Windsor has removed the late charge. Welcome to Windsor! After more than 20 years of making payments on someone else’s mortgage, we finally took the plunge and purchased our first home in the City of Windsor. We didn’t (and especially now, don’t) have a lot of money but were able to […]

Time Reveals Truth

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It’s been said that there are no secrets that time does not reveal. And if Anne Jarvis’ blistering column of October 30, 2013 is any indication, the opinion writer certainly revealed the truth behind the allegations made by the former chairman of the city’s heritage committee 5 years ago. In 2008 Greg Heil expressed a “grave […]

The Making Of A Paper Tiger Hero

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Neil Postman in,  Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business,  wrote “if politics is like show business then the idea is not to pursue excellence, clarity or honesty but to appear as if you are.” And in the latest development in the ongoing 7-year dispute between the Ambassador Bridge Company and […]

Tentative Agreement Reached With CUPE 1393

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(Windsor, ON)  -  A 30 day strike by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1393 at the University of Windsor could soon be over. The two sides have reached a tentative agreement after four days of marathon collective bargaining. If ratified, the collective agreement will end a month-long strike by 282 skilled trades and professional staff at the University […]

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