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(03 July 2018) – Guelph is the most environmentally progressive community in Ontario. This must be true, because we are constantly told it is. We are told this because we made history by electing the first Ontario Green Party MPP. Ever. It looked for a while as though we’d have to wait four years to see if it is really true. That’s when the next provincial election will tell us if voters want to do it again. As it happens, we’ll get confirmation a lot sooner than that. We’ll know all about our environmental creds in October when we elect the next city council. FourRead More →

(26 June 2018) – Parking, pets and participation. When I was living in, and later working for, housing co-operatives, these three issues would not go away. They were the most constant causes of community trouble and strife. Housing co-ops are owned by the members who occupy them, people with a responsibility to participate in making decisions. Most don’t. Those who do complain loudly about those who don’t. Dogs bark, cats wander, and neighbours complain. The one person in this world you don’t want to be is the one who leaves a car in a parking spot assigned to someone else. To paraphrase a cheesy oldRead More →

(22 June 2018) – We got our final 2018 tax bill this week. It provides a good lesson in value for money. The amount for our house is $3584.04. The city financial folk estimate it will go up to $3763.24 next year. That’s an increase of $179.20 or five per cent. I sat down and compared this with what I will jokingly call my communications budget. Jokingly because I don’t really have one. Like everyone else I know, I don’t do budgets. I pay bills. The communications bills are for telephones and internet. We don’t have any cable or satellite in our house. We droppedRead More →

(2018 April 18) – People can forget how to spell bigot but remember how to be bigoted. I was reminded of this when I read a recent article by Harriet Sherwood, religion correspondent for The Guardian. Members of the Muslim community in the Scottish town of Stornoway are building a mosque. Good for them. If they feel they need one, which they do, and have raised the money to build it, which they have, they should have their mosque, and they will. Stornoway is on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It has a lengthy history of bigotry. It is normally exercised againstRead More →