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The Queen has died

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:51 -- Dan McCaffery

I woke up in London, England one morning last month and was greeted with news that the Queen had died.

A little later, the ‘news’ was revised. It wasn’t the monarch that had passed away after all, an Internet site clarified. It was her husband, Prince Phillip, who was dead.

These tales were being spread on social media across the UK, where I was staying for most of the month of May.

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Ontario is drowning in red ink

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:19 -- Dan McCaffery

I have mixed feelings about the Ontario government’s new budget.

On the one hand, the Liberals say that, during the coming months, they will produce the first balanced budget in a decade. In fact, they’re projecting three straight years with no red ink.

That’s good news, and something they should get credit for, assuming they aren’t deliberately fudging the numbers.

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Next season's Sting come up short

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:43 -- Dan McCaffery

I fear Sarnia Sting fans are in for another long winter next year.

That’s because in an era in which big hockey players rule the roost, the Sting selected far too many little guys when the Ontario Hockey League held its annual Priority Selection draft last month.

Statistics tell the story. Of the 19 other teams in the OHL, fully 11 picked more prospects who stand at least six feet tall than did Sarnia. Three other clubs picked just as many six footers as the Sting. Only five chose fewer.

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The Knives Will Come Out For Wynne

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:31 -- Dan McCaffery

It’s time for the Liberal Party of Ontario to sack Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne, whose public approval ratings are in the toilet, said last month she won’t resign, that she intends to lead the Grits into the 2018 provincial election.

In my opinion, if she won’t jump she’ll have to be pushed. Her ego alone is not enough reason to allow her to keep the leadership.

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Nuclear Waste vs Coal Plants

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:24 -- Dan McCaffery

I ate lunch in my backyard three times last month, basking in warm sunshine without wearing a winter coat or even a jacket. One day, with the temperature sitting at 19 C, I raked leaves while wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt.

This was during the middle of February. Such conditions were absolutely unheard of in Sarnia for most of my lifetime. During one winter in the 1960s, we had an outdoor skating rink on Briarfield Avenue for seven solid weeks.

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Between “the rock” and a hockey place

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:45 -- Dan McCaffery

I think I know an easy way for the Sarnia Legionnaires and Sarnia Sting to add considerable scoring punch to their lineups.

In fact, I believe both of our junior hockey clubs could increase home scoring by at least a goal per game by taking one simple step.

My plan would give the Sting about 34 extra goals per season. For the Legionnaires, who play a shorter schedule, it would be like securing an extra 24-goal man for the roster.

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Worst council in history

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:16 -- Dan McCaffery

What was the worst city council Sarnians have ever been subjected to?

I think I have a pretty good idea because a number of years ago I was involved in a 14-month project in which I wrote stories about each of our first 66 mayors. Needless to say, I became familiar with all the councils over all the years, from modern times straight back to 1853.

In fact, I read the minutes of virtually every council meetings during that 150-plus years period. And I went through newspaper microfilm decade by decade to read everything I could find about the mayors and their councils.

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The Bradley-Gate Affair

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:50 -- Dan McCaffery

One of the most bungled episodes in the history of Sarnia municipal politics.

That’s what the infamous ‘Bradleygate’ affair will be remembered as.

It will also be recalled as a staggeringly expensive exercise.

Consider this: The so-called ‘integrity commissioner’ who investigated Mayor Mike Bradley’s treatment of four senior bureaucrats charged the community $280 per hour for his work. The final bill came to a reported $62,000.

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Bradley should agree to resign

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:52 -- Dan McCaffery

It’s time for a showdown to resolve the mess at Sarnia city hall.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know Mayor Mike Bradley has been under siege for months. Two different investigators have concluded he bullied and harassed municipal employees.

Some claim the mayor is a tyrant who runs roughshod over senior staff. Others maintain he is the innocent victim of a witch-hunt being conducted by a cabal of ambitious councillors who hope to force him out of office so one of them can replace him.

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Our Forgotten Mayor

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:20 -- Dan McCaffery

It’s time for city council to name something after our greatest mayor.
I’m speaking of Thomas George Johnston, a largely forgotten chief magistrate who wielded the gavel 120 years ago.
How this guy has gone so long without having a public building, street or park named after him is a mystery.
That’s because without Johnston, today’s Sarnia would likely be a village about the size of Point Edward.
No other mayor can begin to match his impact on the community.


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