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Winners and losers in Samsung’s deal with Ontario

January 29, 2010

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s announcement of a $7-billion deal allowing Samsung Group and a Korean utility to build 2,500 megawatts of solar and wind farms in Ontario last week may appear on the surface to be good news, but it is problematic in many ways. There are definitely winners. Samsung gets cash incentives, a toehold […]

Community centre name should reflect vision, not myopia of bottom line

January 18, 2010

As fundraising consultant Ian Fraser outlined his campaign strategy before Cobourg council to raise $3.1 million for the new community centre, the issue of naming rights was raised. It is not uncommon for major fundraising drives to seek extraordinary donations from corporations and, in turn, give over naming rights.  Look at the General Motors Place […]

Transparency needed for community centre project

October 29, 2009

It appears Cobourg Mayor Peter Delanty’s juggernaut reigns supreme one more time as the plans to hire a communications staffer and fundraising co-ordinator for the new Cobourg Community Centre sailed through council this past week. Cobourg council will lay out about $300,000 for a communications consultant, as well as administrative, office and staffing costs, plus […]

Good economic news should not make us blind

October 29, 2009

A steady trickle of economist, politicians and pundits are telling Canadians the recession is over, at least technically.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his state of the economy speech in St. John to Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Timothy Lane announced the economy was puling out of the recession and the American Federal Reserve Chairman […]

New train station in Cobourg unnecessary

October 29, 2009

When tough economic times exist, it is really hard to dish out any criticism towards those bringing big spending announcements. So, when Northumberland MP Rick Norlock, Cobourg Mayor Peter Delanty and VIA Rail Chief Operating Officer John Marginson stood on the platform of the Cobourg train station late last week to announce a $7-million plan […]

Herrington is the one to watch at Liberal nomination meeting

September 10, 2009

While it would be easy to focus on the two frontrunners at the nomination meeting for the Northumberland Quinte West federal Liberal Association tonight in Grafton, the person to watch is Brighton Mayor Christine Herrington. Insider polls indicate there may be a tight race forming between Andrew McFadden, from Warkworth and Kim Rudd, of Cobourg. […]

Time for Norlock to work on local solutions to the economy

August 20, 2009

While some may enthuse about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s efforts to secure a new trade deal with Panama last week, there continues to be a growing concern over the lack of transparency and consultation.This marks the fifth such agreement the Conservative government has signed since taking power. The others are with Norway, Switzerland, Colombia, Peru […]

Low-key campaign for newest PC nominee

July 21, 2009

First published: September 07, 2006 Don’t expect a big barbeque or contrived press conference for David St. Charles to announce he is a seeking the provincial nomination for the Northumberland-Quinte West Progressive Conservative Party. Instead, anticipate a very different, low-key approach because that is the way he likes it – at least for the moment. […]

Norlock needs to hear all voices on gun registry

July 21, 2009

First published: September 23, 2006 As a group of women, children and supporters gathered in Victoria Park in Cobourg this past weekend to dedicate the spot for a new memorial for abused women in Northumberland County, the ceremony was more poignant and urgent in the shadow of the events at Dawson College. Members of parliament, […]

Incumbents really don’t have an advantage in local elections

July 21, 2009

First published: November 06, 2006 It is sometimes said: better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. That Irish expression, first published in an Elizabethan collection of proverbs by Richard Taverner, keeps coming up in conversation around the municipal elections in two weeks. As voters across Northumberland try to make decisions, the […]