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The election result was clear, fire the CAO

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:29 -- Chris Cooke

I was at Rabba Foods in Mississauga when I got the call.

The voice on the other end identified himself as Brad Morrison adding “I’m Brian White’s minister and I’d like to respond to your column.”

Earlier in an email Morrison expressed “disappointment” with my “post election discourse.”

As I walked to my car it became clear he and I were on opposite ends of a debate. The fact that he is Brian White’s minister at Grace United Church did little to ease my suspicion of his call and its purpose.

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Mitro, Gillis, Wynne and the gang that lacks common sense

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:06 -- Chris Cooke

Matt Mitro’s election signs proclaim the following.

“Progress made, more work to do.”

Just days from a municipal election I suspect most voters would find Mr. Mitro’s view of progress as somewhat distorted.

By progress does the incumbent Councillor view the hiring of his step son in law for $110,000.00 to run the Information Technology Department at City Hall progress? Under Mark Dillon the department’s budget has ballooned by more than a million dollars. There are now 11 full, part time and contract employees.

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Freebies and other expenses to the taxpayer

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:15 -- Chris Cooke

Here are some great ideas.

Let’s send outgoing Councillor Cindy Scholten – Holt to the Association of Municipalities Conference in Ottawa at a cost of about $2,000.00 taxpayer dollars.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that after disrupting municipal government at Sarnia City Hall for the past four years that Ms. Cindy is in the throes of leaving her Council seat to shore up her beleaguered “marketing career”.

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Scholten-Holt is gone, Kelch is gone and soon the others will be too

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:29 -- Chris Cooke

What is the old adage?

Don’t get mad, just get even.

Well, it appears Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is about to get even. After four years of political stupidity and bureaucratic crap that cost him $15,000.00 personally and cost Sarnia taxpayers $411,000.00 Sarnia’s longest serving Mayor seems as popular as ever.

Hundreds turned out at the Legion last month to endorse the Mayor, sign his nomination papers and dismiss his detractors.

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For Gillis it is personal, for taxpayers it is expensive

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:58 -- Chris Cooke

A political loser who wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to make Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley look bad is running against him.
 
Anne Marie Gillis is using the same misguided allegations that cost Sarnia taxpayers more than $411,000.00 as the basis of her platform.

“Why am I running for Mayor?” she asks in a prepared statement. Her answer is she is fed up.

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Mike Kelch is gone, hopefully the rest will follow

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:18 -- Chris Cooke

So, Mike Kelch has decided he doesn’t like the mood of the community and will not seek re-election this October.

He actually told me that last fall and was semi – critical after I reported on his decision saying he “hadn’t made up his mind but would likely not seek another term”. At the time, I suggested that would be wise in light of his tendency to waffle on the Mike Bradley harassment allegations. Allegations that saddled angry voters with more than $400,000.00 in unnecessary costs.

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Piano music and Wi-Fi will make Sarnia a world class City

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:27 -- Chris Cooke

If you like piano music then call Sarnia City Hall.

If you like to wait on hold and be told how valued you are as a taxpayer call Sarnia City Hall.

If by chance you just happen to know the four-digit extension of the individual you are trying to reach or by chance actually know the name and correct spelling of that person you get a shorter piano recital.

During which, of course your value as a taxpayer and contributor to the City’s massive $140 million budget and burgeoning $12 million debt are reiterated over and over in a continuous recorded loop.

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Want to “fix” Sarnia? Let’s start at the top

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:15 -- Chris Cooke

J.D. booth runs the Lambton Shield, an online mostly good news community newspaper.

He wants some dialogue, as he puts it to “fix” Sarnia.

Well, here’s some.

To begin with he blames the Mayor for most of what he describes as a ‘fractured relationship that appears to be part of the political landscape”. He also blames the Mayor for what he describes as an “awkward impasse of sorts”.

By “fix” Booth picks on a single issue.

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