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Our next mayor?

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There's a poll on the Enterprise Bulletin Web site that asks who you would choose for our next mayor. The list of candidates...



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The return of the EEU

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I see Ian Adams - aka Scoop - has restarted his East End Underground blog, this time apparently with approval from his...




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Viral video and Collingwood Council

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It's not unusual for politicians people don't like to be called "Nazis" or particular politicians to be likened to any of the Nazi leaders - Hitler, Goering, Borman and so on,...



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AMO and council connectivity

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I try, whenever possible, to attend the annual AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) convention. In my...



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Parking costs: how to kill downtown development

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Let's see: rising taxes, development charges doubling - what else can we do to discourage development? I...



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Public uproar over fed grant

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The public distress over the recent federal/provincial grant to the local private school got a lot more vocal this week, and it promises to be an even hotter...



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Dissent and leadership

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There's an interesting piece in July's Municipal World magazine, by George Cuff, a former mayor and currently a consultant...



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Development charges: too much, too soon

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After another gruelling six-hour session, Monday, council passed the updated development charges bylaw, adding thousands of...



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Why no buskers?

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After a few days in downtown Toronto last week, the first question I asked myself when coming back to Collingwood was, "Why don't we allow...



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On whose authority?

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Every day for the last week I have had people emailing, calling or dropping by my shop angrily asking, "Who is responsible?" Some have come in brandishing a copy of the local newspaper, shaking it like a...



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Collingwood's newspeak

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The minutes for the Council meeting of June 22, 2009 read, "Councillor Chadwick expressed concern with old...



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Ombudsman: revoke the fee

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Andre Marin, Ontario's Ombudsman, recently recommended that the Township of Emo make their local politics and politicians more accountable. And Collingwood could...



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Frustrating evening at council

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Monday was more than the usually frustrating, long (4.5 hours) evening at council for me. The mayor seemed particularly contentious, frequently...



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More political junk mail on the agenda

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I would be embarrassed to show a blatant political bias as a member of council supposed to represent ALL the people of this municipality, not merely a...



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Growing pains in Simcoe County

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That noise you heard late last week was not a collective sigh of joy that greeted the release of the...



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Process, what process?

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We're not here to fight issues, said Karen Poshtar, chair of the special interest group*, VOTE, at its recent AGM. "We're here to deal with...



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The name game: Pawplar Park Dog Town

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Council for the most part accepted the staff recommendation, Monday, to name the new dog park at the south end of town the rather cumbersome "Pawplar Park - Dog Town."...



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Commercial vehicles in residential areas

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The Connection got it wrong. Although it ran a story with the headline, "Council...



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Special in-camera council meeting, Tuesday

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Council will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday, for a two-hour in-camera session with our lawyer, to be briefed on the...




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