Sunday, October 24, 2021

Editorial

This Pandemic Has Become Somewhat of a Groundhog Day Experience

On April 30 of 2020, the title of my editorial was There is Light at the End of the Tunnel, But it's a Long Tunnel. Now a full year later, it is clear that though I was correct that the tunnel would be long, I was perhaps too optimistic at the time, as the light at the end of...

A Rough Week For Premier Ford

It has certainly been a rough week for Ontario Premier Doug Ford, with Ontarians becoming increasingly frustrated with bungled plans and mixed messages, and calls for his resignation have been growing. Even a column in the Washington Post has called for Ford to resign. At the outset of this pandemic, Premier Ford was praised, even by the likes of me,...

For a Municipal Council, It’s Tough to Please Everyone

The current controversy over leash-free beach access at Memorial Park for dogs and their owners is a prime example of just how difficult it can be for a municipal council to please everyone. It is no secret that in recent years high water levels on Georgian Bay have wreaked havoc on our shoreline causing damage and erosion, and creating headaches...

Sick of COVID? You Are Not Alone

After more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we in Ontario find ourselves in yet another 28-day shut down, advised to stay home as much as possible, work from home if you can, and to limit gatherings with others. The routine is not new, in fact most of us are experts in the field of shut downs at this...

The COVID-19 Roller Coaster Continues

In the early days of this pandemic, many, including myself, assumed that after a few months everything would be under control, and life would return to normal. More than 12 months later, normal seems very far away. An article on the CBC website published on Monday suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic is “completely out of control in Ontario”. According to...

New Library Cost Ratepayers Less Than You Might Think

If your aging house was crumbling, and leaky, and your grandmother could no longer access all of the floors due to difficulty on the stairs, and you were told that you could build a brand new home, all on one floor, with updated modern amenities, and that you could make that purchase for half the actual cost, I would...

It’s Been a Long 12 Months, Is the End in Sight?

Last week we officially surpassed one full year since the COVID-19 pandemic marched into our lives, and has caused frustration and confusion ever since. With vaccines finally finding their way into the arms of Ontarians, the light at the end of the tunnel burns ever brighter. As I have been reflecting upon the past 12 months, I find myself feeling...

Busy Days For Our Local Firefighters

It has been a few years since I've offered a tip of the cap to our local firefighters, but with some major fires in recent days, I was reminded of how fortunate we are to have two fine fire departments serving this municipality. There is an old joke that nobody opposes socialism when their house is on fire and they...

Five Things I Have Learned or Confirmed During This Pandemic

Throughout the many long months of this pandemic, there has been plenty of time for reflection, and there have been many lessons to learn. None of us has experienced a global pandemic such as this in our lifetimes, and as frustrating and indeed downright depressing as life has been over the past 12 months, if anything good is to...

Would You do the Job of Councillor for What They Are Paid?

One of the most common criticisms I hear about our members of municipal council is also the most inaccurate criticism I hear – that our councillors make too much money, and they should take a pay cut before ever raising taxes. Many think the job of a municipal councillor is an easy way to collect a paycheque, however some have...