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Good intentions, bad timing

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 15:09 -- Chris Cooke

Okay, time for a reality check.

The Bayside Centre downtown remains in its perpetual state of emptiness since Seasons Retirement Communities of Oakville paid essentially bus money for the sprawling space some three years ago.

The plans were elaborate and the intentions were good but so far nothing.

Last fall we reported that the financially well heeled Labourer’s International Union Pension Fund would “repurpose” the tired downtown mall by dumping $100 million into the place.

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Unhappy people get an $8,500 kiosk and a smiling face

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:28 -- Chris Cooke

The madness continues.

Matt Mitro is like a drug user suffering from withdrawal.

Selling garage doors is apparently as boring as watching paint dry.


Now, that is a blood sport. A blood sport that he lost in last October’s election.

Mitro imploded along with most of his Council colleagues.

The ballots were counted and a majority just wanted him gone.

But he can’t leave.

In his own mind he has gone from a political somebody to political nobody.

His distain for the Mayor rages on.

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I have a life, Matt Mitro apparently doesn’t

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:13 -- Chris Cooke

It’s a little nuts.  

And someone needs to remind Matt Mitro and his followers that he and they lost last October’s municipal election. I say they because Joseph Santoro and Anne Marie Gillis are among a group of like-minded disciples who have launched an Integrity Commissioner investigation into alleged Code of Conduct violations against the Mayor and Councillors David Boushy, Margaret Bird and Bill Dennis.

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Will the real Nathan Colquhoun please stand up

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 08:57 -- Chris Cooke

Nathan Colquhoun is the refined fool. Or is it just fool?

There are two aspects of this guy that are concerning.

Actually, there are three.

He is among Sarnia’s newest City Councillors, believes big government is good government, supports the rehiring of Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze and is so far left he falls off the edge.

I can’t imagine what his partners in the craft brewery and restaurant business must think.

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She’s gone and Sarnia is better for it

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 13:57 -- Chris Cooke

She’s gone.

And she’s gone with a lot of money. While the new Councillors remain tight lipped, sources suggest Margaret Misek–Evans walked out of Sarnia City Hall in late December with something in the order of two years’ pay.

Whether you are doing new math, old math or just plain math it amounts to something close to $370,000.00, or as my corporate lawyer noted at my divorce, “the best money ever spent”.

Margaret Misek-Evans will go down in history as Sarnia’s worst City Manager.

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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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