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Archive for June 2009

Missed anniversary a lost opportunity for county history

June 30, 2009

First published: Dec. 31, 2002 We are fortunate in Northumberland County to have so many historians, both amateur and professional. All of them make a considerable contribution. Catherine Milne, Percy Climo, Ted Rafuse, Rob Mikel, and Ed Haynes are only a few names in the long list. In a letter to the editor last week, […]

Democratic deficit a priority, especially for local MP

June 30, 2009

First published: Dec 17, 2003 With the swearing in of a new Prime Minister last Friday, Northumberland MP Paul Macklin gushed over Paul Martin and the new faces in government. But Mr. Macklin, while not selected for cabinet, is a member of the “democratic deficit” committee discussing new ways to improve communications between members of […]

Poverty reduction best Christmas present from politicians

June 30, 2009

First published: Dec. 3, 2003 There is a wonderful feeling that comes when you help a child at Christmas. And there are lots of opportunities. Donations to the Salvation Army Kettle, Christmas Wish, White Gift Sunday and the list goes on. Nothing should take away from the spirit of giving at this time of year. […]

Low voter turnout reason for change

June 30, 2009

First published: Nov. 20, 2003 Nobody elected to the new municipal councils in West Northumberland can afford to be smug over the next three years. The lack of voter turnout for last Monday’s municipal election should be a catalyst for substantial change in the approach for politicians in Cobourg, Port Hope and Hamilton Township. With […]

Municipal candidates leave lousy gut feeling

June 30, 2009

First published: Nov. 5, 2003 Who to vote for in this municipal election. There are moments when it just seems like the democratic system we have locally just doesn’t work at all. Not that it is anybody’s fault. It is a disparaging feeling one gets in the gut. With a municipal election only five days […]

Open meeting law a necessity for democracy

June 30, 2009

First published: Oct 22, 2003 Municipal candidates running for office better pay heed to Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian, who is calling on the provincial government to enact an open meetings law. The commissioner has seen a 25 per cent increase in requests for access to information held by municipal governments. “Saying ‘trust […]

Family Week draws attention to strains at home

June 30, 2009

First published: Oct. 8, 2003 Juggling work, children, a partner and aging parents can be overwhelming, but research shows time and again the importance of strong, healthy families. This week is National Family Week, organized by Family Service Canada. The non-profit group hopes to raise debate and, in turn, present some solutions around creating and […]

Politicians need to campaign on local, not provincial issues

June 30, 2009

First published: Sept 24, 2003 There is an old political adage started by the infamous American politician Tip O’Neil, a longtime speaker of the House of Representatives, that goes: all politics is local. The trend in provincial political campaigns has steadily moved toward a centralized organization out of Toronto over the past few decades. While […]

Voters need to be vigilent to ensure issues addressed

June 30, 2009

First published: September 10, 2003 With a provincial election underway and only 28 days (now less) to debate the issues, voters will need to finely tune their radar to ensure important issues are being discussed, questions answered and meaningful solutions presented. Take for example, Sir Sandford Fleming College President Brian Desbiens concerns about the funding […]

Post secondary funding needs overhaul

June 30, 2009

First published: September 10, 2003 With a provincial election underway and only 28 days (now less) to debate the issues, voters will need to finely tune their radar to ensure important issues are being discussed and questions answered. Take for example, Sir Sandford Fleming College President Brian Desbiens concerns about the funding of post-secondary education, […]