Monthly Archives: July 2012

Councillor Bell has it right.

Please see Scott Tracey’s article regarding Councillor Bell’s opposition to using a major grant to “incentivize” development that is already underway.

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“Up to three-percent”

Council’s discussion last night about the coming fiscal year’s net tax levy increase over last year’s level seemed to include a rough consensus that an increase approaching zero percent was desirable in a “hey-why-not-I’ll-go-on-record-saying-that-would-be-good” kind of way but most councillors balked at … Continue reading

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Lay down your public goods and your taxes…

The powers-that-be are meeting tonight to begin discussions on what sacrifices will ultimately be made to satisfy the Waste Management gods, which are always hungry…

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“Affordability”

The language of “sacrifice” has arrived to the budgeting process in Guelph. It’s dangerous language, politically. In talking about what sacrifices we may be prepared to undertake it reminds us, all good citizens, that corporations do not make “sacrifices” — people do … Continue reading

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Hubris

Hubris-driven empire-building brings with it a darker side to one’s legacy. The supposed progressives in Guelph have narrowed their vision to jamming what public money they can beg for and borrow into a few streets in the core, with the apparently laudable outcome of … Continue reading

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Non-confidence in this “path”

The decision to refer the matter of comments in a Guelph Mercury article to a lawyer retained by the City as our Integrity Commissioner, towards getting an independent assessment of what had transpired, to use it as a test case of… ah, what … Continue reading

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Thanks for dropping by…

Well, so far so good. Numbers are holding, so, thank you. If you think turningthecurve @ craigchamberlainonline.com has something to say, please recommend this blog! I will be commenting further with an opinion on the misadventure surrounding our Integrity Commissioner — stay tuned. “Turningthecurve: … Continue reading

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Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month goes to Councillor Kovach, as reported by Scott Tracey on 59 Carden St.; I think the Councillor’s comment regarding Council’s recent referral to the Integrity Commissioner captured the different layers of this sad misadventure. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. Council should be embarrassed by the … Continue reading

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Wait for it —

Wait for the spin. It might go something like this: “For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day, taxpayers of Guelph have an Integrity Watch Dog at City Hall”.

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End it now

Well, we got the bill from our Integrity Commissioner. $10 462.50, plus HST. It should be no surprise for the regulars at 59 Carden St. that I am asking that our Councillors resolve to end the sideshow we have in this position. … Continue reading

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