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“The municipal election is now behind us, and I think it turned out well. The wide range of viewpoints held by Guelph residents is represented around the council table. Advocates for both the environment and development are there, and political views run the range from the NDP to the Reform Alliance. This is the way it should be, but it’s seldom the way federal elections turn out. Our “first past the post” system of electing constituency MPs has a way of skewing the result in favour of a Party that doesn’t enjoy majority support in the population at large. A well-crafted system of proportional representationRead More →

Two million three hundred and twenty-six thousand and six hundred and thirty-two Ontarians did not elect Doug Ford as premier. That’s how many voted for Conservative candidates on June 7. Fewer than twenty thousand voted for him. The only people who put Doug Ford into the premier’s office are, first of all, the 30,041 members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario who voted for him in their leadership contest. That was 48.26% of the voting members. Christine Elliott got more votes than him, but didn’t win. The second level of responsibility goes to the 19,055 people in Etobicoke North who voted for him toRead More →

You might be thinking of acquiring a new widget or re-acquiring an old city councillor. In either event, you are responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods or services before making up your mind. If you make the wrong decision, you have no one to blame but yourself. It’s called caveat emptor: buyer beware. One thing to look out for is false information. These days it has been branded, by the American president, as “fake news” but it’s not news. It isn’t even new. Reduced down to a four-letter word, “misinformation” becomes “lies”. Nothing more, nothing less. It has been part of ourRead More →

I bet I’ve driven through Rockwood hundreds of times on my way to somewhere else. I’ve hardly ever stopped there. Back in the days when I’d take the kids camping, we’d pitch a tent in the conservation area, cook some hot dogs over an open fire, make supper and breakfast on a Coleman stove. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done that.  More often than not, it’s a picturesque little village on the way to and from Brampton or Mississauga. Highway 7 is a much more relaxing ride than the 401. Sometimes quicker, as well. On the way through, we have stopped atRead More →