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Fine tuning discord at Centre in the Square

Originally posted on Frank Etherington:
As one of several councillors who try hard to control tax hikes, I resent the fact that a $1-million loss has been sprung on Kitchener taxpayers by the Centre in the Square (CITS). I particularly don’t…

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Lorna spent her life doing what was right

Fighting what was wrong, Lorna van Mossel always did right. Defending or championing human rights, refugee or newcomer rights, gender rights and a host of other causes, Lorna was a very determined, five-foot-nothing social activist who called me several times a week when I worked … Continue reading

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Who knows what goes on before televised council meetings

When approaching a televised council meeting anxious to increase a one-vote majority, the last thing any councillor wants is to look like he’s been in a brawl that resulted in blood trickling down his large nose. Particularly during an election … Continue reading

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Carl’s not running for council in Ward 9

Now the all-candidate meetings are finished, we’re in the final days of the Ward 9 councillor campaign leading up to Monday’s vote. Which means still more canvassing and the bizarre custom of standing on a corner clutching an Elect Frank … Continue reading

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Tie and butterflies at Ward 9 debate

Fighting a bad case of the butterflies, I joined other Ward 9 candidates for a live debate organized by Rogers TV and 570 News last night. The butterflies seemed to stop fluttering when I remembered the advice of 10-year-old Shaunessy … Continue reading

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No rotten fruit allowed at Ward 9 all-candidates meet

The next meeting where voters can question, mingle and meet Kitchener’s Ward 9 candidates takes place Tuesday Oct. 12 at the Working Centre’s Queen Street Commons cafe. Organized by the Working Centre, the meeting, at 43 Queen Street South, is … Continue reading

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Accent on Glasgow Street humour

About 30 seconds into my very best doorstep-candidate pitch, the woman on Glasgow Street interrupted to say I had her vote and she would like a sign placed on her lawn. Puzzled at such a rapid response, I asked why. … Continue reading

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Falling bird poop and tree branches in Ward 9

It’s quickly becoming  obvious there’s huge range of problems voters expect their elected councillor to address and solve. Justifiably so. Going door to door this past week in parts of Ward 9 that included the Rockway, Cherry Par, Victoria-Belmont and … Continue reading

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Ways to combat Ward 9 poverty

Distributing brochures in parts of Ward 9 this past week, I saw numerous examples of low-income families living in squalid, sub-standard housing. Those adults and children — housed mostly in low-rise apartment buildings — helped put a human face on … Continue reading

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Light rail, litter and traffic on Highland Ave. W.

The regional issue of light rail transit remained the top doorstep issue on minds of Ward 9 voters as we jogged along Highland Road West yesterday evening. Residents also spoke out against any plan to take down trees and widen … Continue reading

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