Category Archives: Transparency

Too little, too late in non-creative CEI spat

The average artist in Waterloo Region lives below the poverty line, earning $25,000-$30,000 a year. Tonight, at Waterloo Regional Council, Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) — a group supposedly formed to help those artists and small arts-culture groups — will ask … Continue reading

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Last gasp efforts to save Kitchener’s Mayfair

Kitchener’s former Mayfair Hotel is on life support. And, during this weekend, there have been a few commendable last-minute attempts by heritage supporters to have a heritage-restoration expert examine and possibly save the historic downtown building. First failed attempt to delay … Continue reading

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Non-elected board will spend $8-million of taxpayers’ cash

So much for voter accountability, government transparency and the public’s right to know how tax dollars are spent. Kitchener council last night (Feb.9) approved an economic report from staff that recommended council allow a non-elected board of directors to spend at … Continue reading

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Public deserves more budget information

“Public engagement is a key component of the annual budget process.” So reads the high-flying introduction paragraph on a 2015 council document distributed last night at a public-input budget meeting staged by Kitchener Council. At the end of the meeting I complimented members of … Continue reading

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Front-porch politics in Kitchener’s vibrant Ward 9

Your vote counts. That’s the powerful lesson learned when I was elected by a single vote in 2010 that I would like to communicate before tomorrow’s election. And, based on subsequent conversations with hundreds of people convinced that they each cast … Continue reading

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Meet your candidates at city hall forum

All candidates will be transparently accountable I can safely predict you will hear frequent mention of the words “accountability” and “transparency” at a meeting for all Kitchener candidates at city hall Tuesday night. Nothing wrong with that unless the 25-30 … Continue reading

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Questions come at high speed about bridge decision

Some outstanding questions in the ongoing debate about council’s decision to build a new, two-track rail bridge at Margaret Avenue. A debate where, like a few other councillors, I controlled my frustration and held my nose by voting in favour … Continue reading

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Ward 9 time of the signs

Today’s the day Kitchener’s election bylaw permits municipal candidates to put up lawn signs. Members of our campaign crew — recent experts in the use of boltcutters required to snip metal prongs that support signs — were out braving blisters … Continue reading

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In Kitchener, watch or listen to Frank

Rogers TV should be commended for programming a series of all-candidate debates for the October 25 election. The one-hour debate for Ward 9 council candidates will be live Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on Rogers TV Cable 20 in Waterloo … Continue reading

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Kitchener’s Parking fiasco

A very taxing question: Who is accountable at city and regional councils when $1.4 million of taxpayer dollars are handed over to correct an expensive income-tax debacle dating back to 2006 that involves freebie parking spots for generously-paid municipal employees? … Continue reading

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