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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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The bureaucrats have hijacked Sarnia City Hall

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:52 -- Chris Cooke

Cindy Scholten-Holt likes Cindy Scholten-Holt.

She’s on Facebook.

Everywhere on Facebook.

In fact, she spends so much time on Facebook I’m surprised she has time for the many characters, mostly Council colleagues and City administrators who show up at all hours of the day and night on her pages.

You see Cindy’s problem is Cindy.

If you spend time studying her Facebook trail you could actually believe she resides here.

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No placards, signs and please stick to the script

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:22 -- Chris Cooke

I felt like the late Mike Wallace chasing down a bad guy on 60 Minutes.  

Rumours have been circulating since last August about the residency of Councillor Cindy Scholten-Holt.

The suspicion is she has moved.

And yet there she is as big as life not only on Council but heading a procedural bylaw committee that would distance her from the taxpayers who elected her.

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Sarnia has a $140 million budget and my taxes are going up $575

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:53 -- Chris Cooke

In Petrolia Manny Baron has left the building. Mayor John McCharles refuses to break open an Integrity Commissioner’s report on suspected conflict of interest that ultimately led to Baron’s exit.

Seems the Chief Administrative Officer was using a numbered company to buy up properties and then lease them back to his employer. In the world of municipal government that’s having your cake and eating it too, or eating out of the public trough while administering it.

Baron will likely show up elsewhere to the detriment of taxpayers elsewhere.

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Petrolia investigating while Sarnia’s putting lipstick on a pig

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:18 -- Chris Cooke

Manny Baron, Margaret Misek-Evans and Dianne Gould-Brown have a problem.


They desire it, they crave it and they will do anything to keep it.

Baron is a classic.

He’s alleged to own properties in Petrolia and then leased them back to his employer, the Town of Petrolia.

Can you spell conflict of interest?

I thought you could.

Baron is on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation. Watch for the pay portion to go away along with the Chief Administrative Officer.


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