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Shame on them all

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:19 -- Bernice Rade

There is no shortage of candidates for the upcoming municipal election.  People see the need for a change, especially after the poor performance of the last group of councillors.

Municipal musings

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:34 -- Bernice Rade

The provincial Conservatives aren’t wasting any time implementing the promises made before they were elected.  It will be interesting to see what the audit reveals and exactly where the province stands financially.  The audit should provide information as to where adjustments must be made so that work can begin to get this province back on track.

Politics and paper ballots

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:03 -- Bernice Rade

Finally, the election signs have disappeared  and the public is no longer subjected to the many undoable promises being made by those seeking to govern the province.

As was expected, the Liberals no longer have party status.  Unfortunately, Kathleen Wynne got elected (barely) and will continue to be paid as an MPP by the beleaguered taxpayers of Ontario.

Backward paper ballots and other fun facts

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:23 -- Bernice Rade

There’s been a lot said re online voting and computer problems recently.  On March 12, the Pearson Airport in Toronto was shut down for hours due to a computer glitch.

The provincial leadership election illuminated some of the problems which were, and can be, experienced with the online voting process.

I was one of many who found themselves unable to cast their vote online so a suggestion was made that I travel to  a centre in London where assistance would be provided.

“I want proof of who I voted for”

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:12 -- Bernice Rade

There’s been a lot said re online voting and computer problems recently.  On March 12, the Pearson Airport in Toronto was shut down for hours due to a computer glitch.

The provincial leadership election illuminated some of the problems which were, and can be, experienced with the online voting process.

I was one of many who found themselves unable to cast their vote online so a suggestion was made that I travel to  a centre in London where assistance would be provided.

Welcome to Sarnia’s claim to shame

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:40 -- Bernice Rade

New Year, new hope for accountability.  This was the heading on a recent point of view in an area newspaper, making reference to the federal, provincial and municipal governments.  A second ‘point of view’ in the same publication was headed “Provincial, municipal politics need cleaning.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Sarnia’s administration out of control

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:10 -- Bernice Rade

The proposed 2018 Sarnia City budget will raise taxes and debt and add staff.  However, some services will be reduced.  Several people spoke last month raising some excellent questions and making some very worthwhile suggestions.  Many items were ‘tabled’ to a January meeting rather than resolved so we’ll have to wait to see whether or not the speakers were actually ‘heard’.  One of these items was the appointment of a deputy mayor.

City staff tried to muzzle her, but Bernice Rade has a voice here

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 12:36 -- Bernice Rade

I am one of the parties who was refused the right to address Sarnia City Council in late October.  

This was the first open meeting where the public could attend and comment to Council on what is going on. My request to speak was denied stating that, given that my subject matter deals with a claim or potential claim against the City, it was deemed inappropriate to be placed on the Council agenda.

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